Social Justice and the Destruction of the Gospel-Part 2

In Part 1 we saw black men who have voices in the Church who do not apparently like or at least don’t trust white people and defined the Gospel. In Part 2 we will look at specific definitions for Justification, Sanctification, Equity and Equality.

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What is Justification?

  1. Let us look at a definition of Justification – “the word in the Greek is dikaioo(verb) and dikaiosune (noun)  Throughout Scripture we will hear this word translated as justify, justification, righteousness, just, righteous, and justified.  So what is it?– Pipa notes that Paul uses ‘justified’ in a judicial sense, to express acquittal (A judgment that a person is not guilty of the crime with which the person has been charged: “the trial resulted in an acquittal”.[1]  This meaning is the primary way that the Bible uses the verb ‘to justify.’  This is the language used in a courtroom.  Let’s look at Proverbs 17:15…. As we think of standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ we will stand not in our own righteousness but in His righteousness.  Our names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Our sins have been blotted out. See Romans 3:19-20: “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.  (20)  For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
  2. Extra:  This act of justification by God is called Sovereign Grace.  God centered not man centered. – MacArthur notes the basic term was originally used forensically of a judge’s declaring an accused person not guilty and right before the law…Throughout Scripture justification refers to God’s declaring a sinner to be guiltless on the basis of faith in Him.  It is the free and gracious act by which God declares a sinner right with Himself – forgiving, pardoning, restoring and accepting him on the basis of nothing but trust in the Person and work of His son, Jesus Christ.”

What is Sanctification?

In Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology he has a chart[2] to help us better understand the difference between Justification and Sanctification.  Sanctification is defined as “a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.”[3]

Justification Sanctification
Legal standing Internal Condition
Once for all time Continuous throughout life
Entirely God’s work We cooperate
Perfect in this life Not perfect in this life
The same in all Christians Greater in some than in others

So, we can all agree that as believers in Christ then as we are made more into His image every day we are called to live righteously with just dealings in every area of our lives. But, is this the Social Justice that they are demanding? No, because what they are demanding is not mercy or grace that flows from the life of a Believer, it is complete equity that they are demanding. Let me define the difference between Equity and Equality. You can actually switch these two words around, but we are looking more for how they are defined.

What is the difference between Equity and Equality?

Again, if you talk to two different people you may get one using Equity and the other using Equality but the two people mean the same thing. So what are we talking about? Essentially what the Social Justice Warriors are demanding, this would be people like Jemar Tisby, Jarvis Williams, Thabiti Anyabwhile, is complete sameness in the outcome of life. You may have heard it described as the difference between “Equality of outcome” vs. “Equality of Opportunity.” They want equity of outcome.

RC Sproul has a great example in a sermon that he did on the book of Amos concerning Social Justice. Amos 5:24 is a verse that I have heard proclaimed as a verification of Social Justice being foundational for the Christian. The verse says “…let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” This is actually ripping the verse out of context. Sproul notes that Social Justice in the Law and in Israel had to do with the rule of law and righteousness in the culture and nothing to do with Socialism. He points out that Social Justice today is equated with economic equality. It is seen as the need for an equal distribution of wealth. On the one hand Socialists see that this should be demanded and enforced by the State. However Christians who buy into Socialism are trying to coerce Christians with the Bible to willingly go along with this broken Marxist idea of Social Justice. He details the difference between the words Equity and Equality as I mentioned above. Inequality supposedly shows the need for Social Justice.

Sproul defines “equity” as everybody received what was their due. They did not receive things equally so they all got the same thing. He uses the example of an examination. Is the teacher responsible to give them a fair and just grade or to give them all the same grade? This seems like a simple example and in some people’s minds, perhaps it is silly but this actually has been worked out in real life in the area of the working life of many under Socialism and Communism. Just read Alexander Solzenytsyn’s Gulag Archipelago to see the stories of how when everybody gets the same no matter what then people get very good at doing nothing.

This has massive implications regarding the Gospel. If we all got what was due to us under the Law, we would receive death in Hell. Equity of Outcome is what is desired by SJWs and they try to sneak this idea into the Gospel by using the Justice terminology in Scripture. Equality under the law deals with everyone being treated fairly. In America we talk about Lady Justice being blind. This means that there is no favoritism shown to rich or poor.

John MacArthur has a great example here.

Michael O’Fallon, has a great example talking about this in his interview Peter Boghossian, and James Lindsay in The Trojan Horse Episode 1. You can see the video on his website. Go to the 50 minute mark and watch to the 1:05 mark or so. They switch the terms around from what Sproul was saying but the definitions are the same. Basically whenever you hear someone talking about Equity or Equality you need to ask them are they talking about equity of outcome or equity of opportunity. Is everyone getting the same punishment or is everyone going to be judged fairly under the law? Social injustice is when one person is favored over another under the law.

In Amos, Israel is being admonished because of their unequal treatment of the poor under the law. These transactions, as in Amos 8, take place in the gate where judgments would be handed down. It says the poor were bought with a pair of sandals. Sproul notes that the rulers/ government were unjustly favoring the rich over the poor because they were taking bribes to tilt the case toward the one with money. The government was acting unjustly and God was going to now pour out His justice on them.

In Part 2 we gave specific definitions for Justification, Sanctification, Equity and Equality. In Part 3 we will discuss definitions for Racism, Justice, and Oppression.


[1] Joseph A Pipa, Jr., Galatians:  God’s Proclamation of Liberty.  (Christian Focus Publications, 2011)

[2] Wayne Grudem. Systematic Theology.  (Grand Rapids, Mi, Zondervan Publishing House, 1994) P. 746.

[3] Ibid.

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