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The Dream: An introduction

January 18, 2016
Although I certainly believe that racism is alive and ‘well’ in the hearts of many in this country, I am often asked if I believe MLK to be a Christian. First, I believe he identified an actual problem but did not aim for a transcendent solution. Hence why worldlings are enamored with the utopian motifs in his thinking. Concerning origins, there is one race in Adam and all those in his race are headed for eternal punishment.  All in his posterity, no matter their ethnicity, share the same eternal punishment. Next, many would ask, as is custom to ask with any issue in our postmodern age, “Why does his doctrine matter?” We apply sainthood to many men who perform good deeds, even if those deeds are virtuous. We typically malign and curse those who apply the Scriptures and the chief diagnosis to all men, namely that they are sinners headed for eternal judgment and unless they repent and trust in the vicarious, substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, they are headed for judgment. This is man’s only remedy. God does not show partiality, so it is true of every individual. As I mentioned, racism is rooted in man despising the image of God in others, because he despises the Triune God of the Bible.
Any ideology or belief system that ascribes unity and ‘brotherhood’ to those who have shared experience, interests, or sufferings, should be rejected. Namely, because the only time whereby men across all belief systems will sit down at the table of brotherhood, and proclaim “Free at last!” will be when they are deceived by the anti-Christ. Next, it is certain that many ascribe sainthood to men because of their experiential impact on a society, a church, or group of individuals in spite of sound doctrine. It is my conviction that this is the chief legacy of ecumenism, and the war that biblical Christians are fighting today. Men are not free until they repent of their particular sins, turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, by placing faith in His all-sufficient, vicarious, satisfactory, penal, substitutionary atonement (It is propitiatory for sins).

Jesus was not a social revolutionary, although social issues did not escape His notice. Instead of attempting to cause social upheavel, Jesus rebuked men where their true, eternal problem lay. Men loved the darkness and hated Him because He testified that their deeds were evil. Only Christ is the perfect God-man who could do so with unrestrained liberty and full authority.  However, He first commissioned the Twelve to exercise the same authority, and also, by extension, vested the authoritative proclamation of truth to the biblical Christians. Where the social and liberation ‘gospels’ prove to be false gospels, is that each upholds an ‘oppressor’ and then believes that the chief end of man is liberty from that oppressor. The social and liberation gospels each disparage the true person and work of Jesus Christ.

Can we appreciate the affect of non-Christians on a non-Christian, satanic system? I believe it is up to the conscience of the Christian to determine if this is lovely, pure, noble and true. But one must appreciate historic events with a biblical worldview, so that those events can be placed in their biblical context. Without doing this, we will begin to promote the idea that men and women are Christians because they have impacted society, instead of identifying Christians as those who are dead to the world, free from sin and slaves to Christ,  and His righteousness imputed to them by God the Father. Man’s greatest need is not freedom temporal oppressors. Jesus Christ, although caring much for men’s struggles, did not exhaust Himself with trying to save the Jews from Roman Empire transgressions. His mission, then and now, is to seek and save the lost. Even the miracles, and powerful displays of signs and wonders, were performed to point men to Him as Messiah.

The apostle Paul and Peter taught biblical Christians to bear up under suffering and to suffer joyously when there was reproach for the name of Christ. Now, lest I am accused of passivism, the biblical Christians are obligated to love their neighbors as themselves. It is not a call to inaction, but a call to proper action. Social and societal movements, even man-made ecumenical constructs, equate action and multitudes’ interest with effectiveness and godliness. This is not true. Since the Lord Jesus Christ has vested derived, biblical authority to the Church and the Church preaches a message of reconciliation, that reconciliation does not begin with men being reconciled to men, but men to God, because since Adam sinned all men, women and children are alienated from God. In Christ alone, are men, women and children made alive to God. Man’s fundamental issue is not that he must be self-respecting and self-exalting, it is that he must be born again to appropriate rightly the image of God in others and take up His cross and die to himself, following Christ as His disciple, and fleeing from sin.

We should suspect any movement, even if it bears the qualities of self-empowerment, that calls people to action, while redefining the person and work of Jesus Christ. We should reject any dream that calls men to social utopianism, but does not hold before them their greatest need, namely, regeneration  by the work of God and the Holy Spirit, saving faith in Jesus Christ alone. Although, it would be ahistorical to claim that racism and civil duress did not prompt the modern Civil Rights Movement to act on behalf of the oppressed, it would equally be ahistorical to claim that it was Christological and biblical at its core. One must look no further than the many satanic constructs in the world system that would pay homage to it, and claim it as vital to their continuance.

This is a precursor to February’s examination of several ideas mentioned in this introduction.

May Jesus Christ be Praised,

Doron Gladden

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