Russell Moore has a great piece on the social gospel in the latest 9Marks journal. Among other things, he asks and answers the question whether the emerging church represents a revival of the social gospel. He writes:
“The doctrinal left wing of the ’emerging’ movement isn’t clarifying the doctrinal content of Christianity, but using, it seems, cunning words to downplay this doctrinal content in order to substitute a social program there instead. This canâ€”and hasâ€”happened on the political right as well as on the political left, and with the same kind of wreckage left in its wake. . .
“Let’s remember that the gospel is social but the social gospel isn’t good news. And a church that embraces it, ’emerging’ or otherwise, will not long be a church.”
This is a really helpful article, and you can read the rest of it here.
(HT: Trevin Wax)