“The temptation to turn the good news of Jesus Christ into a message of social renewal in the current world remains an ever-present tool of the devil, especially as society becomes more dedicated to the unbiblcal notions of humanism, scientism, evolutionism, and cultural marxism.”
(Seth Dunn – Pulpit & Pen) The English term “evangelize” is derived from the Greek term εὐαγγελίζω. Christians use the term “evangelize” to describe the Christ-mandated action of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others: His atoning death for sin, His burial, His resurrection, and His impending return. Literally, to evangelize is to share the good news. …
In fact, the Greek word εὐαγγέλιον, which is translated to English as “gospel” means good news. That’s what the gospel is, it’s the good news. By its nature it can’t be anything else. The effect of the gospel is broad and yet simple: the world is saved from the deleterious effects of sin. Individual believers who accept the gospel message are saved from the wrath of God. They are redeemed from their sin and proclaimed righteous in Jesus Christ. They are citizens of a heavenly kingdom and will live with their Lord in a renewed Heaven and Earth.
That renewed creation has not yet come. Until it does, the creation groans. Poverty and injustice remain ever-present in a fallen world. Thus the temptation to turn the good news of Jesus Christ into a message of social renewal in the current world remains an ever-present tool of the devil, especially as society becomes more dedicated to the unbiblcal notions of humanism, scientism, evolutionism, and cultural marxism. This perversion of the gospel is known as the “social gospel.” Unfortunately, it is getting more and more popular among professing evangelicals and their institutions. As broader evangelicalism takes a leftward turn towards advocating social justice, observers can expect to see its book-sellers and conference speakers turn with it.
America’s most popular Bible teacher, Beth Moore, may have just veered in that leftward direction: