The “social gospel’ creates a social club.
Denominations do not believe that the Bible is the sole source of fulfilled revelation for us today. They invoke other elements outside, apart, and separate from God breathe literature. The Bible is simply not enough to change the hearts of men, so therefore we must come up with other ways. These other ways take away from the work of God produced in the hearts of men when they read the Bible (Rom. 10:17). It elevates uninspired men above the ability of the inspired Book. And because of this, they apply other means of evangelism as the bait which attracts mankind to social environments. They never venture deep water. The idea operates in such likeness, “let’s feed them physical food, but never spiritual food. Let us clothe the flesh, but never the mind. Let us have our youth in all sorts of fun and active social activities, but let us never exercise their minds with the word of God. Let people know more about food and sports than the Bible and worship. Let us convert them to a social entourage in the hopes that osmosis for Christ might take place.”
Sadly, we’ve allowed the practice of denominations to be the standard we embrace as Christians. We believe that the more influence we have in the community as a social club where folks have “fun,” the more “growth” will accumulate.
Saints, we must certainly try to be social people. People who invest their time with the community. Friendly people. People who display a sense of fun and interaction. People who are attracted to speak with. Approachable. We must, as Paul, the apostle would say, do so “to save some.” But the sole “bait” we should be using to catch fish, is the word of God. The gospel therein. For no other source is a productive branch in Christ. If seven days of the week are filled with social/secular enterprise, and but one hour is spent with the Bible. We will lose the spiritual battle and miss the eternal mark.
The “social gospel” will never convert souls to Christ our Lord and Master. It will always blossom more lost individuals for the Devil to swallow. How do we get into the community? By publicly proclaiming the word of God with strength, courage, no shame. Yes, this will cause for persecution. Awkward moments. Discouragement and division (Mt. 10:34). But it will also please God and cause for genuine and honest growth. It will attract the right kind of soil (Acts 2:37-47, 8:36-39).
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” - Heb. 4:12