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OneThing – Stewart Greaves

January 8, 2009
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Stewart gave the first of what I’m sure will be many controversial sermons on justice, prayer and the last days.

He started with Luke 1:1-8 and Psalm 97:2 to establish the fact that God loves justice. God is for social justice efforts. He loves people and wants to establish justice in the earth.

But He wants to glorify Jesus and see people come to salvation even more.

“The present social justice movement is preparing people to accept the Antichrist.”

Because the present social justice movement is based on the strength of men, on the idea that we can do anything if we band together. (The last society that tried that didn’t find God’s favor either.) It’s not based on prayer, or on God’s heart, and it glorifies men instead of Jesus.

Scripture tells us that the Antichrist will be a seductive man who will unite the world politically and spiritually. There will be peace for the first half of his reign. When people value social justice more than truth (or when they value social justice as truth), they agree with him.

“Every time Jesus touched the poor, He did it by supernatural means. The (Godly) social justice movement in the end times will do the same.”

“Jesus will not partner with demons in the name of peace and goodwill to men.”

“Humanism causes us to use the plight of humanity to define the character of God instead of using the character of God to define the plight of humanity.”

Stewart talked about how our priorities when it comes to social justice are simply out of order. A key illustration of this is when tragedy strikes, people cry “How could a good God let this happen?”

“The real question,” he retorted, “is ‘How can a good God let me breathe?'”

Because you have failed. You have messed up. You have sinned against God, and yet He forgives and you breathe. We need to start with our need to be reconciled to God, and the injustices we have committed against Him.

The beginning of Isaiah 42 is God’s plan for social justice. It begins with Jesus: “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in Whom My soul delights!”

Social justice is desperately needed all over the world. But Jesus is needed more. Christians worldwide need to come together on behalf of the poor, the down-trodden, the orphans and widows. We’re commanded to do all these things. The “greatest commandment,” however, is still to love the Lord your God will all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.

Kind of side-note: Just found an album of great pics from the event here.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2009 10:03 am

    hi lex,

    i linked to this post on my blog and now there are some comments.

    if you are interested in reading…

    http://theblogofnancy.blogspot.com/2009/01/from-esther-project.html

    nancy :-)

  2. Lex permalink
    January 9, 2009 10:57 am

    Thanks Nancy! I’ll check it out. And thanks for spreading the word. The more believers we can prepare for this sort of thing before Jesus starts opening seals (Rev 6), the better!

  3. January 9, 2009 12:38 pm

    lex,

    thank you for coming over and posting your comment along with the others.

    it is helpful and very good of you to give some feedback and relationship to those that left comments.

    Love to you,
    nancy

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