In the form of a traditional black church "sermon close," I'd like to give a short history of the consequences of today's truncated gospel that reduces redemption to saving souls, with no emphasis on redeeming the entire cosmos, to tie together previous Tweets. The Puritans👇🏾
It was the truncated gospel that evangelicals love so much that allowed Puritans to preach about the absolute sovereignty of God to slaves on slave ships from Africa to the Americas, while turning a blind eye to the injustice. amazon.com/Puritan-Race-V…
It was the truncated gospel, that allowed white evangelists to preach "the gospel" of repentance from sin to slaves on plantations while doing nothing to end their slavery, amazon.com/Religious-Inst…
The gospel elephant in the gospel room is that for all the wonderful virtues of TGC, T4G, etc. in the end, their followers have a truncated gospel that doesn't know what to do with social issues that plague the lives of enthnic minorities in America. John MacArthur's shows this.
The truncated gospel redefines "redemption" away from of a Dutch Calvinist framework & limits it to soteriology rather than its broad scope of redeeming the cosmos (the entire creation). The pietistic & revivalistic truncated gospel is burdened by personal evangelism only.
The truncated gospel believes that only way to change culture is through personal evangelism and "awakening" type movements--which is odd given the fact that neither the 1st nor 2nd Great Awakenings resulted in improving racial oppression against Native Americans and blacks.
Historically, it’s veiled behind a commitment to “the gospel.” Conclusion: the kind of Calvinism associated with JM & the rest of the Gospel Industrial Complex (1689’ers, etc.) shouldn’t be a model for Christianity b/c their version of the gospel has proven impotent on race.
The fact that their brand of evangelical Calvinism remains incapable of routing out cultural racism within their own ranks points to a theological deficiency in their definition of redemption accomplished & applied. We need to stop calling them “Reformed.” They’re fundamentalists
Perhaps they can be saved from their neo-Fundamentalism by learning, for the first time, what the Reformed faith actually is by reading this book: amazon.com/Truth-All-Its-…
Many could factually say that evangelical Christianity has been a muddled disaster on social issues. The fact that those churches did nothing to lead America in redressing Jim Crow in the 1970s is mind-boggling. Book: Making Amends amazon.com/dp/0199767254/… via @amazon
American evangelicalism in the 1970s was completely corrupted by the Republican party thanks to Francis Schaeffer, Harold O. J. Brown, and C. Everett Koop, and the like, making abortion the signature social issue for evangelicals rather than healing the wounds of Jim Crow.
Abortion, and the GOP, completely derailed the leadership of evangelicals away from potentially launching a movement to redress 345 years of black oppression and subjugation from 1619 to 1964. After abortion came sexual ethics (esp., non-marital sex).
If you want to know why evangelicals convert to Catholicism so easily, read this document. Using justification by faith not works (yes, he says that), Francis explains how holiness and justice intersect. Evangelicalism has no document that can match this at all. #Slayed
If a 23-year-old evangelical asked her pastor for a Protestant version of this content, she would get nothing. Nothing. Protestants are no match for Catholicc when it comes to producing documents on the intersection of the church & culture; and evangelicals even more so.😐
Short magazine articles, podcasts, and blog posts are no match for the Vatican, ergo, young evangelicals are low-hanging fruit for Catholic evangelists. It's like bringing plastic knives to a gun fight. Many young evangelicals will swim the Tiber if their eyes land on this.
Why are young guys into Jordan Peterson? (It's not his politics so if you think that's it, take a seat). Here's really why: Baby Boomer & GenX religious leaders have been exegeting the world of men since early 1990s. Dead wrong & they've lost a generation of guys in the process.
(2) Before Peterson, the first Jungian psychologist to sound the alarm about our culture's disintegrating understanding of masculinity in the late 1980s & early1990s was Robert L. Moore. Peterson is not that differnt from Moore. amazon.com/Robert-L.-Moor…
(3) Moore hit the nail on the head in 1991with "King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine." Other books came out by Sam Keen like "Fire in the Belly." Where evangelicals reading these books? Not really.