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Dr. Raphael Warnock has been the senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia since 2005. This is the church that was formerly pastored by Martin Luther King, Jr. But that is not all. He is now also a U.S. Senator from the state of Georgia. This is a rather remarkable accomplishment, and should be a reason for Christians to rejoice. It is always a good thing to have people in positions of influence who hold biblical values.
The only problem is, Warnock does not hold biblical values. His value system is a relativist one that supports the moral imperatives of the Social Justice Movement. He received his theological training at Union Theological Seminary in New York, one of the most theologically liberal seminaries in the nation. This school teaches a form of theology that understands salvation in terms of advancing social justice in this world, as opposed to the spiritual salvation taught in the Bible. The specific focus of Warnock’s political focus is pro-abortion, anti capital punishment, pro gun control, and he is supportive of illegal immigration, LGBT rights, and legislation that makes it more difficult to monitor the voting process.
On Easter Sunday, Warnock posted a tweet that said, “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” He went on to write, “Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.” Of course, this is absolutely a false gospel.
But lest you think Warnock is an outlier, he is not. Social justice theology has become prominent in quite a few denominations, and is even seeping into many churches that consider themselves evangelical. The well known Christian pollster George Barna, in his most recent survey, found that only 6% of Americans now hold a biblical worldview. Even worse, of those who claimed to be Evangelical Christians, only 21% hold a biblical worldview. That means that 79% of Evangelical Christians (those who actually claim to have a high view of Scripture) DO NOT hold a biblical worldview. This does not necessarily mean that none of those people are actually Christians, but it does show that a knowledge of biblical teachings is desperately lacking in the Christian community.
This terrible lack of understanding of the teachings of the Bible has led to two massive problems. First is the downward spiral of the influence of the Christian church. Christian values are simply being swept away in favor of the relativistic values of naturalistic philosophy. Second is an increasing acceptance of heretical values within the church itself.
This problem is not going to go away by itself. At some point, the church is going to have to do some deep soul searching and reimagine the way it equips Christians to become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. It will not just happen! It will require a deliberate, systematic effort to teach the person in the pew the essential basics of the faith, and give them the support they need to stand strong in the face of the coming persecution.
There is definitely a difficult time coming for the Christian community, but this difficult time also provides the opportunity for a great harvest. The darkness hates the light, but, at the same time, the darkness cannot stand up to the light. In the end, God, and those who are willing to faithfully follow Him, will win.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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