Joseph A. Teisan - February 2019
ARE WE PROCLAIMING THE TRUE GOSPEL OF SALVATION BY FAITH IN CHRIST, OR REJECTING IT FOR THE SOCIAL GOSPEL OF BRINGING THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO EARTH BY SOLVING
THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD?
Sadly, I was upset at hearing a missionary explaining his work among the poor in Eastern Europe. Saying nothing about salvation, he focused on the social, medical, economic, educational, political, racial, and other problems of the people. Instead of following the New Testament examples of Christ and Paul, in spreading the Good News of faith in Christ, the Social Gospel addresses social, national, and international issues. They say social betterment is the way to bring the Kingdom of God to earth without talking of a future Millennial.
These views, widely accepted by liberal assemblies, are sponsored by the Federal Council of Churches. Liberal Theology holds to the ethical teaching of a humanized Christ, and God in all men’s hearts. The scientific method and natural laws are their guiding lights. Then say no, and brush aside, miracles, prophecies, original sin, the atonement of Christ, and all supernatural events in the inspired God breathed Holy Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17) (Christianity Through the Centuries by E.E. Cairns, Zondervan, 1967, pp. 462-464).
Are you thinking of Matthew 7:15-20? “Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are hungry wolves. You shall know them by their fruits.”
These erroneous views are taught in seminaries to ministers who proclaim them from the pulpit. Without following the Great and Glorious Commission commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20, the Social Gospel has as its only theology, the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man, and the ethical teachings of Christ. They are following the wrong way for salvation! Jesus is saying, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father, but by Me” (Jn. 14:6).
The Social Gospel is a denial of our urgent spiritual need of salvation in Christ, and forgiveness of sins. The Lord tells us in Scripture that a sinner is amazingly transformed by faith in Christ and the new birth (Rom. 10:9-13, 4:1-8). The only real improvement in fallen human nature is Christlikeness, “to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). But, in rebellious, hopeless, and odious contrast, the Social Gospel proclaims we are “perfected through change in society” (Dictionary of the Christian Church, Ed. By J.O. Douglas, Rev. 1978, Zondervan, pp. 911-912).
Joined today to destructive Biblical criticism and liberal churches, they believe “Man is essentially good, and his sins are quite curable” (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Ed. by W.A. Elwell, Baker, 1984, pp. 1028-1029).
Joseph A. Teisan
(1931 – 2018)