The Troubling Terms of the Social Justice Movement

The following terms come from those who consider themselves “Social Justice Warriors.” This is a dangerous movement, brethren, as you’re about to see. The Church prefers the term Social Justice Christian (SJC). If you’re unfamiliar with this movement, you won’t be for long because what really is liberalism, i.e. progressivism, all tied up with a pretty bow, has infiltrated the visible Church and has spread like a plague. One thing SJC is not is authentic, historic, orthodox Christianity. Why is it so deadly? Because progressives don’t hold to a traditional view of the Bible. In other words, they don’t have a high view of Scripture. So they’ve made it a priority to re-write the Bible to ensure that it meets the Left’s political agenda. For them it’s not about Truth. No. What’s important to progressives (and that includes so-called Progressive Christians) is that God’s Word is politically correct.

In his piece over at Delivered By Grace Pastor Josh Buice deals with the terms emerging from the social justice movement that he finds troubling:

For a number of months, the temperature has increased greatly on issues related to what is being labeled as the social justice movement. For many people, this has come as a big surprise, but for others the trajectory has been anticipated as things continue to develop. It’s often difficult to follow language, logic, and motive in a Twitter conversation (or debate). For that reason, I would like to point out some of the troubling terms that are emerging from the social justice movement that demand our attention.

Terms and Definitions Matter

For anyone who has ever engaged in a friendly debate on the doctrines of grace, it’s quite clear that to have a profitable conversation we must be using the same dictionary. If one person comes to the conversation with a different set of definitions—the conversation will be derailed from the very beginning. Back in the days of the conservative resurgence period, liberals and conservatives both embraced the term of inerrancy, but the liberal had a completely different definition for the word. Therefore, as we enter into important conversations and engage in necessary debates over matters of social justice—we need to understand that our terminology matters.

What exactly does social justice mean? Is a social justice warrior (SJW) one who is defending the gospel or is that individual guilty of putting emphasis on something that isn’t the gospel in order to promote and empowerment and unity agenda? How we view these terms and positions are critical in order to engage in this profitable cultural conversation. Intersectionality is another term that you need to be aware of in this social justice conversation. Although it was originally coined by a radical feminist to defend oppressed homosexual women—now that same strategy is being employed within evangelical circles. What does it mean to embrace complementarianism? There is a minimum and a maximum view of this doctrine, so which view is most biblically accurate? Such terms and how we define them are key to this conversation.

As we move on, I want to mention a few terms emerging from the social justice movement that trouble me. I will explain each term and how it’s being used within the social justice movement and why we should be concerned.  Continue reading

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