Glenn Beck, biblical illiteracy and running

As reported by Politics Daily (w/audio) and others, last week on his Fox News shows controversial host Glenn McCarthy Beck advised listeners to leave their churches if the churches taught the “social gospel.” To quote Beck:

I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!

Mr. Beck, though a much revered conservative media personality, is as much a theological novice as Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins. He completely misrepresented what the scripture says as well as trading in the worst kind of fear mongering. Later in the broadcast he warned against Nazis and communists, attempting to make a connection with social and economic justice.

Fox programming host, Glenn Beck.


In some areas of the world this truth may never have been lost, but it really hit hard times in the U. S. Perhaps it was the prominence of pre-millennial eschatology and an emphasis on the close return of Christ, but there was an extended period when it seemed nothing on Earth was truly important. Be prepared for the end, look for it and expect it in our lifetime; for many, that was within 40 years of Israel’s re-emergence as a nation in 1948. Well, here we are 62 years later still moving along.

Whatever one might choose as the reason, many Southern Baptists and evangelicals took a hands off approach to this world and, while most did not sell their homes and wait on a mountaintop for the return of Christ, mentally they were just as detached from many significant realities of life. The poor do not matter, the “Third World” (more correctly called “The Majority World”) does not matter, the environment does not matter, people wrongfully imprisoned do not matter (unless it is for preaching the gospel of course) and on and on. One reason such wrongs were so easily overlooked is that “Jesus is coming soon!” and we really did not have time to paint the walls of a burning building. After all, “this world is going to be destroyed by fire!”

The Old Testament and the New are filled with references on how to treat the poor: from instructions in the law, to Boaz’s ordering his workers to purposefully drop grain for Ruth’s gathering, to God’s condemnation of both Israel and Judah for ignoring the issues of justice, to the ministry of Jesus, the apostles and the early church among the sick and poor, touching real human needs has long been a hallmark of Christians.

Consider the words of God in Isaiah 1,

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

Or the stern warning and magnificent hope in the prophet Amos:

I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them.
Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

In a famous New Testament passage Jesus describes what it means to minister to Him: you gave Me food, you gave Me drink, you welcomed Me into your home, you clothed Me, you gave Me drink, you visited Me in prison. Every instance of a changed life in this scripture is demonstrated by social ministry

To believe the Bible is to believe that we live in a fallen, broken world that has yet to see its full redemption. The Kingdom of God co-exists in this mess as followers of Christ live as lights among the darkness, showing how things ought to be if indeed the will of God was carried out at all times and in all places. Does Beck believe that fighting to save children from lives of prostitution is against the teaching of Christ? Does Beck believe that fighting to rescue child soldiers from a drug induced haze of murder and mayhem is against the teaching of Christ? Does Beck believe that rebuking governments that pad the coffers of multinational corporations by breaking the backs of the poor is against the teachings of Christ? Does Beck believe that having a food pantry, a clothes closet and a prison ministry are against the very Jesus who encouraged them? If Glenn Beck believes there is no justice component to the gospel, then Glenn Beck is a fool.

When Beck states regarding social justice, “There’s a very good chance people don’t know what it is,” I hope he had his hand raised as Exhibit Number 1. The poor rube is clueless.

With great regret I must note how many non-thinking Christians have already perused their own church’s website looking for “code words” that might be hiding the Communistic intent of a pastor or priest. All too often, prattling ideologues like Beck capture the attention of a patriotic people with images and references to the red, white and blue. I hope Christians will open their eyes and realize that rantings of a talk show host cannot supplant the Word of God. Perhaps the next time Beck decides to give a theology lesson viewers might want to “run as fast as you can” and pick up your Bible instead.

While I cannot go as far as to say that social action brings salvation, it does not seem too far a stretch to say a gospel that negates a believer’s responsibility to matters of justice and righteousness in this world, the only world in which it will ever be needed, is an incomplete gospel indeed.

And with an incomplete gospel, Communism and Jeremiah Wright are the least of our worries.

Marty Duren

Just a guy writing some things.

  • Richard

    Good article. Good warning. Thanks!

    • Marty Duren

      Thx, Richard.

  • Very well said, Marty! Thanks for saying it, too!

  • While both insanity and stupidity can generate a following in the media, only insanity can actually be treated.

    There’s just no cure for stupid.

  • Greg Bailey

    Marty, this is way out of context. Beck repeatedly
    (nearly every show you will hear something like this) calls for the church to take on the weight of charitable works…instead of govt. But if you look historically since the 1880’s “social justice” has been used to detract from the gospel and transfer such work to a govt that uses the sword to coerce “charity” and frequently adopt completely secular methods and outcomes. You are correct on him not being theological…which he admitted soon after this quote…He is also a Mormon whose ideas on Gospel we may find largely wrong and based on a faulty idea of Christ, but he is not against the churches involvement, but against those who hide under this term for political reasons.

    Grace Alone,
    Greg

    • Marty Duren

      Greg-

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

      Since I don’t watch Beck I’ll take you at your word re: his calling on churches to get involved.

      That does not change the fact that he made erroneous comments which could cause trouble for the very churches you say he would support. “Social justice” is the dominant phrase for churches to convey what the Bible says about justice issues. He’s now warned church members to leave churches that are using the most common phrase to convey this important truth.

      What he did in that single segment is the essence of McCarthyism: scare and embellish. Beck shot himself in the foot and, potentially, some pastors in the head.

    • At the risk of sounding like a total Fundy here, let me point out that Glenn Beck is a Mormon, not a Christian’ essentially an unbeliever according to the theology of most conservative Christians. That said, I can’t fathom why believers would be taking advice on any subject having to do with our Lord or the Church from an unbeliever. Would Christians seriously take advice on how the Church should operate from, say, Bill Maher or Michael Moore? Of course not! And yet believers fall over themselves in their attempts to follow the advice of Glenn Beck and to defend him against the criticism of believers. It seems that when it comes to theology and Christian praxis, we Christians would do better to go to the Word of God instead of to unbelievers for advice.

      • Marty Duren

        Michael-
        Thanks for the comment. I had heard that Beck is Mormon, but had never checked it out.

    • mike

      And when you say he is “a Mormon whose ideas on the Gospel we may find largely wrong…….”, that’s your answer Greg. Morals that don’t have scriptural context have no foundation. I hope “Christians” run fast to the word instead of someone who claims not to be a theologian.

      Great article.

      His will, not Glenn Beck’s, be done.

    • JEHOVA

      GLEN BECK IS AN ALCOHOLIC. HE ADMITS TO BEING AN ALCOHOLIC FULL OF WICKEDNESS AND SIN. JUDGMENT WILL BE UPON HIM SOON.

      *BEWARE FALSE PROPHETS. “BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM” MATTHEW 7:15 . “PREACH A DIFFERENT GOSPEL” CURSE BE UPON HIM. GALATIANS 1:8
      JUDGMENT IS HERE.

      • Marty Duren

        Couldn’t bear to just say it once, huh.

  • Beth L.

    Beck is sending completely mixed messages if he on one hand encourages churches to take on the weight of charitable works, and then warns his listeners to leave their churches who are doing precisely that. It more than likely is largely due to his complete ignorance of what social justice actually means in the modern church. If Christians want to someone to inform them about economic and political topics, they should try consulting someone who actually has formal training in those matters instead of a college dropout whose main purpose is to entertain and fuel the fires of Conservative fear.

    • Mike S.

      Beth, you obviously have never watched the Glenn Beck show. I do not agree with everything that he discusses, but he does encourage people to read history so they can learn from the past. Almost everything that he claims comes straight from the mouth of those who made the comments through the use of video and audio recordings. He is NOT a “Hannity” who simply agrees with whatever a party says. Your comment about consulting someone who has formal training is comical to me since many of the issues we face today stem from what students are being taught in “Formal training.” I understand that he may have used a poor choice of words in ONE statement, but regular listeners understand that he meant to beware of churches that use the pulpit to push a government agenda. Thank God that every comment I make in life is not looked at under a microscope. Maybe you missed the past years worth of episodes where he encourages people and churches to reach out and help those in need.

  • Gail K

    Making everyone poor is not social justice. I’m Catholic and believe in treating people with comapssion and equal opportunity. Taxing people who work and produce so that they may keep little of their money is and always has been a disincentive to work and produce. Please study history and look at the worlds “socialist countries”. Not much “Social Justice” there. Most exhibit poor to very poor and not much else (with the possible exception of the governmental eilite). The citizens in this country are the best taken care of in the world and if you question that try some travel. Turning us into slaves through taxation (socialism) and more so our children and grandchildren is not the answer.
    Gail

    • Rachael

      Nobody wants a socialist country, I don’t think–not even “social justice” Christians. However, it is proven that good *socialistic* policies do tend to raise the standard of living, and reduce crime. Europe is full of such countries.

      Unfortunately, unless we turn away from supply-side economics, and move some of the tax burden away from the middle-class and on to the wealthy, we are in for more problems. The Austrian and Chicago Schools have really handed us a serious mess.

    • Rachael

      Also: no offense, but I really wish people would find out what socialism actually IS, rather than what they think it is. It’s become crystal-clear to me over the past couple of years that the VAST majority of Americans have absolutely no clue what socialism, communism, or Marxism actually are.

      Although WikiPedia can have its faults, this entry on the various economic theories of socialism is very good:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism

  • Brian M

    Marty, as quoted by CNN you said “”The Old Testament is replete with examples of God threatening to judge a nation because of a lack of justice or carrying out that threat of judgment against a nation,” Duren says.” Well the Old Testament has a thing called the 10 commandments.

    PJ O’rourke sums up the last commandment nicely. “The first nine commandments concern theological principles and social law: thou shalt not commit adultery, steal, kill, etc. All religions contain such rules. But then there’s the tenth commandment: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covert thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.”

    Here are God’s basic rules about how the Tribes of Israel should live, a very brief list of sacred obligations and solemn moral precepts, and right at the end of it is, “Don’t envy your friend’s cow.”

    What is that doing in there? Why would God, with just ten things to tell Moses, choose, as one of them, jealousy about the things the man next door has? And yet think about how important to the well-being of a community this commandment is. If you want a donkey, if you want a meal, if you want an employee, don’t complain about what other people have, go get your own. The tenth commandment sends a message to collectivists, to people who believe wealth is best obtained by redistribution. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell.

    Sure we need to give from our hearts to those truly in need. Hwoever, God would deeply frown and be disgusted by the kind of “economic and social marxist justice ” you support.

    • Marty Duren

      Brian-
      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

      Now if you will kindly show me anywhere in this post or the CNN article where I supported Marxism, the discussion can begin…

    • Ken

      So if I understand you correctly, you are saying that one of the Ten Commandments was given specifically against Marxism? Do me a favor. Go read Micah 6. Study what the words “justice” and “mercy” mean in the Old Testament. Then ask yourself what God requires of you.

      • Rachael

        I think we all know that Marxism isn’t in the Bible. Neither is supply-side economics. Reading, say, the Gospels or the book of Acts, which one seems closer to Christ’s way?

        To be frank, I do not know how anybody can read Deuteronomy or the Prophets (for example), and still think that God doesn’t have commandments (not suggestions) for the economic and social justice of nations, not merely individuals.

        Individualism has its good points, but we Americans have elevated it beyond all reason, and I think our exegesis shows it.

    • Once again, there are people throwing around the bible, socialism, and marxism without having a basic understanding of the three.

      Our society in America is NOT based on the 10 Com. and never was, nor will it ever be. Most people can’t even name them, and some are REALLY surprised to find out that only 8 of the 10 are laws. The rest really do deal with a jealous God…having no others before him.

      Then a little guy named Jesus came along and things supposedly changed. That is until the 20th-21st centuries when social conservatives needed some blather to backup their own hateful ideologies…and then the Old is the New again!

      Forget all of that “died on the cross for your sins” part. Just read the first half. The kindness displayed in Leviticus should make some of the harder-right folks happy. Sadly…it doesn’t make it accurate.

      Such little understanding from the faithful is perplexing. As an Atheist, I seem to have read and retained more of the bible that so many clutch in public.

      These attitudes don’t represent most of the folks posting on this website, but there are some who seem genuinely offended by the work of Jesus Christ: Social and Economic Justice.

      Robertson and Beck is what most of you should call a False Profit.

      -C

      • Marty Duren

        Chuck-
        Once again I am confronted by an Atheist who has a better practical understanding of the Bible than some Christians. I have often wondered myself why followers of Christ, who claim to have been delivered from having to obey the Mosaic law, are so quick to run back to it. Paul’s term for this kind of living was “bewitched.”

        I would differ on your New/Old Testament comparison slightly. The “kindness” of Leviticus emphasized not only God’s judgment, but the futility of human effort apart from God. Though the judgments were stringent, even brutal in our way of thinking, the reality seems that rarely did they need to be carried out. Many more people died as human sacrifices when Israel followed Molech. The New Testament does provide a universally able substitute in Jesus Christ.

        There is a weird dichotomy between some liberals/unbelievers and conservative/fundamentalists. The former tend to want the Kingdom without the King while the latter tend to prefer the King without the Kingdom. I agree with your general thesis that more conservative believers tend to overlook the real life that Jesus lived opting for OT legalism or NT theology instead.

        On another note, I appreciate your interaction. Having spent time on Reddit and YouTube I have experienced being totally ignored by Atheists, even when trying for civil discussion. It’s like my comment is available only to me.

        Do you find that there are “fundamentalists” on both sides of the debate, ie, “My mind is made up don’t confuse me with the facts” kind of folks?

  • I remember in the 70’s, I was going to a big church in Costa Mesa, and this guy next to me asked me why I was reading the NY Times. I said I want to know whats going on in the world. He insinuated I wasn’t a good “christian”. The tone was anti-intellectual. It still is that way.
    As for Beck? I wouldnt run over anything he said, and that is fear, to run. Roosevelt said the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. It was a LOT rougher then, in the 30’s and 40’s, and most people these days know nothing of it. WW2 was much more horrible than anything we got going on now.
    But it’s all the end of the world if you listen to these maniacs. They get paid a lot too! Who’s paying them?!
    Jesus said “Love ye one another”. He also said to always help the poor and the stranger. Judaic Law says that also. Anybody knows that. What is communist about that? These people want to mix politics and religion, they are nuts. Control mechanisms.

  • Tony Prescott

    Preacher you show me where Jesus preaches on socialism. It’s time preachers preach against sin and the devil. feel good religion will take you straight to hell if you don’t ask God to forgive you of your sins and accept Jesus as your saviour.

    • mike

      Hmmm, well, uhhhh, I think he…. uhh, did, well not socialism, he spoke about social injustice. So please, Tony, make sure you read what “Preacher” wrote. That’s where conservatives turn everything around. Mr. Duren is not stating we should be socialist but that we should help our neighbor. I didn’t “feel good” about what he said. He spoke words from the WORD.
      These last 2 nites I have been fortunate enough to hear the word preached by James Robison in person. He made the remark last nite exactly what Marty has stated.

  • JEHOVA

    GLEN BECK IS AN ALCOHOLIC. HE ADMITS TO BEING AN ALCOHOLIC FULL OF WICKEDNESS AND SIN. JUDGMENT WILL BE UPON HIM SOON.

    *BEWARE FALSE PROPHETS. “BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM” MATTHEW 7:15 . “PREACH A DIFFERENT GOSPEL” CURSE BE UPON HIM. GALATIANS 1:8
    JUDGMENT IS HERE.

    • Marty Duren

      And here I thought “Jehova” would at least be able to spell “Glenn.”

      • Beth L.

        And know how to turn off caps lock.

        • Jacob

          Excellent article, Marty.
          The irony over this whole discussion to me, is that the Glenn Beck Show basically looks like a neurotically patriotic version of televangelism, complete with teary-eyed, charismatic diatribes extolling his own holy trinity: American Sovereignty, Personal Liberty, and Spirit of Democracy.
          Let’s face it; Glenn Beck has about as much business commenting on what Christians should or should not do, as “ALL-CAPS-JEHOVA” has being on the internet.

  • Oftentimes just giving someone money doesn’t necessarily help them. It can actually hurt them in the long run. Initially they may need money or legal assistance but then they need someone to teach them or show them how to overcome their problem. This is what churches are to be doing – teaching and showing the right way – this is Jesus’ style.

  • david

    Marty you are misguided The problem is preachers pastors like you who I can only guess might have a relationship with God . Who do not preach repentence from sin and love thy neighbor, but have social adgenda of doing good acts hoping earn your way to heaven That Galatiantis (Christian from Galatians thought they could earn their way if you ever read the bible and believe it ).MLK jr. acted out of love from God. Yes he saw injustice in the world ,and he was willing to die for it His love and vision came from God that’d why his ministry changed social status of blacks in this country . look at Jesse Jackson and the rest of the men who suppossenly followed MLK They have done nothing but enrich their own pockets

    • Marty Duren

      I may be misguided, but at least I can type.

  • Phil Edwards

    Glenn Beck is another comedy act/court Jester (Rush Limbaugh) type of fool. Glenn – Baby is brought to us by and from a Journalistic wasteland called Fox “News.”

    Instead of a boycott, urge all Christians to ignore Beck’s stupidity or just relax and watch comedy.

  • Chris Burton

    Marty, thanks for your take on this. I especially appreciate your last comment about how the only world that will ever a believer’s responsibility to justice and righteousness is this one. I’m a political conservative and an evangelical Christian, and I’m starting to see that my concerns about society are addressed by Christ already–no political party has yet to come up with anything better!

    A few years ago, my wife and I attended, for about a year, the last church you pastored. I’m glad to see you on the web!

    • Marty Duren

      Thanks, Chris. Good to hear from you!

  • Curt

    Hi Glen,

    CNN quotes you as saying: “For a long time, Southern Baptists and evangelicals were so focused on the return of Christ that what was happening in the real world was almost incidental,”

    I assume this quote is correct, and would like to propose that you change it to “…natural world….” The “real world” world comprises both the natural and super natural. I believe most Southern Baptists are concerened about both, as most of the rest of us are.

    It’s a distinction that needs to be held up before the world.

    • Marty Duren

      Curt-
      I guess you had a “Freudian keystroke” since I’m Marty, not “Glen.” ;^)

      My attempted conveyance regarded things happening around us in daily life. “In the real world” referred merely to the events of life of which economic and social problems are a reality. Of course I believe in both the seen and unseen realms.

      In the context of the CNN.com article, I had in mind my teen years in which movies like A Thief in The Night and A Distant Thunder had the minds of many on the immediate (rather than imminent) return of Christ. Some (I would say “many”) believed that attempts to address world issues (the advance of communism excepted, of course) were futile wastes of important time.

      I believe much of what we seek in regards to social and economic justice are a result of ignoring those issues for decades on end. That was the context to which “the real world” referred.

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  • Lou

    I appreciate the treatment of the Biblical texts on this issue. Good insights.

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  • Gerard Bonneau

    Beck would not be my choice for theologian of the year. Nevertheless, even a blind sow finds an acorn once in a while, and so it is with him. I think his observation that our problem may be summarized as ignorance of both the Bible and history, is spot on. Then the whole thing get’s comical as poor Glenn begins to expose his own ignorance of these key subjects in public.

    The Bible is a book deeply subversive to tyrants of every stripe. It teaches the reality of a spiritual kingdom, ruled by Christ, that will gradually grind every earthly kingdom to powder. As men and women give their allegiance to Christ, they also declare that Caesar is not God. The christian is a dual citizen. And he/she must alwasy obey God rather then men. At the same time, they personally set out to do the works modeled for them by their saviour. First among these is to herald the Gospel, the whole Gospel, and nothing but the Gospel. I think it was Francis Schaeffer who said that if he only had an hour to present the gospel to someone, he would spend 50 minutes talking about the reality of sin and how seriously God takes it, and how deeply we all need the forgiveness offered through the cross of Jesus. This is a deeply offensive message, always has been, always will be. But as soon as we try to take the offense out of it, the message ceases to be the Gospel. And the Gospel is the power of God to everyone who believes – and foolishness to greeks, and a huge stumbling-block to jews. But so what; we are ambassadors, not diplomats.

    Beck is definitely right about all forms of big government, though. The biblical mandate for the civil magistrate is quite modest and limited: They are a ministry of justice and physical protection only. One might say a legalized ‘protection racket’ responsible to enforce common sense laws; and no more. The citizens themselves, equipped and informed by the church, are the ones who are supposed to supply mercy, beginning with ‘our own’ and working outward from there as we have opportunity and means. From a biblical perspective, the problem with socialism is that it seeks to relieve men of their obligation before God to care PERSONALLY AND SACRIFICIALLY for others. Instead, it legalizes theft by majority vote, ostensibly to care for the needy, but really to perpetuate and extend government power into every nook and cranny of our lives. And we deserve it too, since we do not take personal responsibility for extending mercy, as the Gospel teaches us.

  • I enjoy listening to the Glenn Beck radio program. He’s easy to listen to and has a good sense of humor (or at least the kind of humor I can relate to). I think there is a “danger” in “social justice” or the black liberation theology. People shouldn’t be forced by their government (or church for that matter) to be charitable. The Christian church should act charitably by default. Anyone who reads the book of James ought to know this. We (as Christians) should be known for our good works and charitable giving (not just money, but food, shelter and clothing). This is how Jesus would want us to behave. Unfortunately, there are way too many CINOs (Christians in name only) running around. And it has become unpopular to distinguish between so-called “real” Christians and the pseudo-Christians that are running around. “By their fruits you will know them.”

  • James 2:18 paraphrased “Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

  • Beth L.

    Chris,

    What sort of “danger” do you see in social justice churches? I believe churches with a social justice focus exist precisely because the Christian church in America far too often does NOT act charitably by default.

    • The “danger” is comes into play when we allow the government to force or coerce churches into this type of “social justice”. Once again, from a purely Christian perspective, it is the Church’s responsibility to care for the poor in their community. Any church that does not do this, imho, is not a “Christian” church. They may wear the label, but their actions (or lack thereof) speak much louder.

  • Beth, do you agree or disagree with Black Liberation Theology? Do you think “whites” owe something to “blacks”? Do you think our salvation is dependent upon “whites” giving up their wealth to the so-called oppressed? The 2 Tenants of Black Liberation Theology are:
    1. Social Justice – Government imposing fairness through wealth redistribution.

    2. Collective Salvation – The concept that in order to achieve Salvation, White People must relinquish their wealth and power to the Blacks they have oppressed. Not on an individual basis, but as a collective.

  • Barack Obama’s religion, “Black Liberation Theology” is a political theology, not a Christian one.

    Obama spent 20 years in Wrights Church and claimed that he found Jesus through Rev. Wright.

    This means that Obama’s foundation is based on a collective prism of Liberation Theology and Marxism.

    Obama believes in Collective Salvation, not Individual Salvation, and has included this phrase in several of his scripted speeches.

    Obama was introduced to this perverted version of Christianity by Rev. Wright. But, to truly understand the belief system, we have to go back to it’s founder, James Cone.

  • “For me, the burning theological question was, how can I reconcile Christianity and Black Power, Martin Luther King’s idea of nonviolence, and Malcolm X’s ‘by any means necessary philosophy?'” James Cone

    It is from this perversion of Christianity that we get the concept that has come to be known as “Social Justice.” A system that requires Collective Salvation as opposed to an individual relationship with God.

    Liberation Theology teaches that White People that have not given reparations to blacks are oppressors and that their God must be destroyed and replaced by a God that identifies with Blacks.

    Liberation Theology is the religion of our President and may explain why the administration is so willing to turn a blind eye to acts of violence committed by blacks against what they deem to be the “oppressor.”

    VIDEO – WARNING: May contain offensive language.

    The following is a video interview of the founder of Black Liberation Theology, James Cone. In the video, Cone expresses his views on Liberation Theology and how he created this religion based on a merging of the teachings of the non-violence of Martin Luther King, and the end-justifies-means philosophy of Malcolm-X.

    You will hear Cone express his belief that “Salvation” can not come from atonement from God, but must be a collective salvation based on the White majority “giving back” that which they took from black people. He contends that Christianity as practiced in America is a violent religion controlled by a ruling white class that oppresses blacks.

    A Conversation with James Cone at the National Theology Conference (Approximately 20 minutes)

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  • Teachings of James Cone from his book “Black Power and Black Theology”

    “Black Theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill Him. The task of the black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community…Black Theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power. Which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal… Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.”

  • In Their Own Words
    “Black Theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy.” – James Cone, Black Power & Black Theology

  • I hope Beth believes in Black Liberation Theology or Chris just wasted a lot of effort.

  • Beth L.

    Chris,
    I don’t care what Obama believes, and judging by his not-so-remarkable success rate in D.C. thus far, it’s not as if he’s going to even have the ability to ruin the country.

    You keep using that phrase “social justice”, I do not think it means what you think it means. Social justice churches are not generally defining social justice the same way black liberation theology does. There may be some churches that do believe the government should require the poor to be fed (etc.), but the churches that believe that do so because their personal politics are simply bleeding over into their churches. There are plenty of people that bring their Republican values into their churches and that shapes their views on government involvement in church, and a lot of them unfortunately neglect the poor because they feel that those people should be out finding a job and not milking the welfare cow.

    Many, many churches have become apathetic to the point that there’s been a resurgence of churches openly focused on social justice type acts. The problem may be more in the term rather than in the actions themselves, but just because an unfortunately loaded term is being used to classify this focus doesn’t mean that we should “run the other way” if we see that term on our church website.

  • Beth, my point in posting the above information is to shed light on the origins of the so-called “social justice” being spoken of by the libs. Their “social justice” and that which is practiced in many churches are not the same. YES, we need to define our terms so that we don’t get the two confused with each other. The Biblical model for social justice are acts of true charity, done from the heart and not out of some false sense of guilt or obligation.

    The greatest commandment, according to Christ, is to love God and likewise we should love our neighbor as ourselves. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. If I want respect, I then must show respect. If I want people to care about me, I should care about them. Of course, imho, the caring and respect and love should be done unconditionally without expecting anything in return. That is the true character of a true follower of Christ.

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