It is astonishing to me that some conservative and Reformed elders and teachers refuse to address racism. Even more startling, however, is that some even refuse to acknowledge that racism is a real thing. Although this sort of denial brings to mind holocaust denial and flat-earth madness, we should be fair to some of these […]
This Reformation Day, we will hear once again all about Martin Luther, the 95 Theses, maybe John Calvin, and maybe a bit about the five solas. It’s all good stuff, but it’s just a small portion of the legacy of the Reformation, and by focusing on the same old smidgen that is all about personal […]
I made the point in Restoring America, in both the chapters on Education and Welfare, that the welfare state in America grew out of secularized (apostatized) New England Puritanism. I had no idea exactly how deep that rabbit-hole goes. What I had not realized fully at the time is just how far this movement spread […]
Last week, Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat Congresswoman from Chicago, defended deficit spending and welfare by advancing the old Social Gospel on the floor of the House. She asked fiscal conservatives four questions and quoted the Bible in support of each one. (Why there was no huge outcry from the ACLU or the Freedom From Religion […]
Christian socialist, Ronald J. Sider attempts to justify a socialist-style Welfare State by pointing to “the biblical materials that describe the ideal monarch.” Where does Scripture describe the “ideal monarch”? Sider says, “Both the royal psalms and the messianic prophecies shed light on this ideal ruler.” Sider then covers some typical Old Testament passages used by social-gospelers to make a connection between the king and “justice” for the poor. These include Psalm 72, Isaiah 11:1-4, 32:1-8, Jeremiah 22:15-16, and Ezekiel 34:23-24 among others. In my book, God versus Socialism: A Biblical Critique of the New Social Gospel, I respond to each of these mishandled passages and much, much more. In this article I will focus on just one of these favorite passages for Christian Socialists, Ezekiel 34:23-24.