March 28, 2010 in Letters

Pitts pushed false gospel

The Spokesman-Review

I am so tired of people – including Leonard Pitts Jr. in his March 22 column – claiming that Jesus advocated a “gospel” of social and economic justice (read “equality”) as if He was some sort of community organizer.

Allow me to clarify this: From Genesis to Revelation, there is only one true gospel in the Bible, and that is God reconciling sinful man to Himself through the atoning death of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. Does John 3:16 ring a bell? By the way, Rev. Wallis, a Bible without your 2,000 references to the poor still retains this gospel.

In fact, Jesus said, “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me” (John 12:8). But instead of mandating charity, He said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

Glenn Beck is right. A true church need not remind its members to minister to the poor; they will do so naturally out of Christian love. But teaching social justice as an end in itself is a false “gospel” and woe to those who preach it.

J.M. Lyons


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