Isn’t all this talk about social justice and reforming society simply just the social gospel all over again? The threat of the social gospel has among evangelicals often been used as a dismissive tactic to equate any talk of social justice with a lack of gospel fidelity. In this episode we explore if this is in fact a fair reaction; discuss what exactly the social gospel is and examine the over-spiritualized evangelical response known as the “Great Reversal” and its destructive legacy in South Africa. Finally we ask, can the Kingdom of God exist outside of the Church? And isn’t pursuing social justice a slippery slope to loosing the gospel?
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How do we, as the church, respond? Does our theology offer any tools or insights as a framework and a guide to navigating this crucial issue? Have we as the church reacted in ways uniquely framed by our faith or merely as mirrors of the competing ideologies of the world?
Join us as we discuss this important issue biblically and contextually. To reflect on our history, our current fears and ideologies and our current socio-economic and political context through the lens of cross-centred, contextual theology. Applying gospel thinking and practice to this crucial issue which is currently further exposing the divided state of the church along racial and economic lines.
Join us for a discussion around the relationship between the historic doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement and the contemporary pursuit of biblical justice in our country.