David Platt | – Don't Manufacture a Heart for Missions and Miss a Heart for Jesus

Does the adventure and sacrifice of cross-cultural missions drive your desire to move overseas?

A heart that is for the nations must first spring from a heart that is for Jesus. The idea of sacrifice cannot be greater than your devotion to the One who sacrificed for you.

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  1. Southern Baptist history & recent debate in 2017 over racism
    For 3 years the Southern Baptists have been pushing Victimhood & Cultural Marxism race guilt since its 2017 annual convention.
    Thabiti Anyabwile, a black Southern Baptist pastor, tweeted during the convention in 2017 that “any ‘church’ that cannot denounce white supremacy without hesitancy and equivocation is a dead, Jesus denying assembly. No 2 ways about it”.
    The new resolution at the convention concluded racism and white supremacy endure (in the SBC) in various white supremacist movements, sometimes known as ‘white nationalism’ or ‘alt-right.'” Southern Baptists “decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and “denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil,” the proposed new resolution states.
    The Southern Baptist Convention, based in Nashville, has 15.2 million members and is the largest Protestant group in the country. Leaders have repeatedly condemned racism in formal resolutions from past meetings and built new relationships with black Baptists.
    1. 3 years ago the Southern Baptists concluded there was racism in the Alt-Right and white nationalism groups;
    (not systemic, but of personal prejudice by some among SBC churches)
    2. Today, the Southern Baptists through their president Greear, & David Platt have joined hands with Black Lives Matter & conclude as a denomination that systemic racism as accused by the BLM movement is valid and permeates society.
    Why was there no conclusion of systemic racism by the SBC as recently as 2017 during debates, but now we are to conclude there has been systemic-racism through out all US history in all institutions because of the BLM? How? Why?
    Because the anti-god /Marxist Movement of Black Lives Matter movement made the claim of systemic racism, all 15 million Southern Baptists agreed to these bogus systemic claims and support the protests for Victimhood and destructing institutions. Again, Why? The SBC history is very revealing, but to use the SBC history as applying to all Christian Church history is pure manipulation and lies by the SBC. And worst than to demand every Christian admit a projected shame of racism & repent at the altar of Humanistic Marxism, they want to deny the facts and foolishly give their assent of a systemic racism in the US as a sign of repentance for their own despicable racism as found in the SBC denominational history.
    Reasons for this change by the SBC:
    The vast majority of Southern Baptists are white (85%), with few black members (6%) and even fewer Latinos (3%), according to the 2014 Religious Landscape Study. Although the denomination is more racially and ethnically diverse than the largest mainline Methodist or Lutheran churches (both are more than 90% white), it is less diverse than the rest of the evangelical Protestant tradition (73% white, 6% black, 13% Latino) and U.S. Protestants overall (69% white, 18% black, 8% Latino).
    This 85% number is why the Southern Baptists condemn themselves for not being more ethnically diverse. This would indicate as a denomination, they appear to be guilty of racism, but this is not an albatross for all of society or all US Christians to wear. Clearly, the SBC have failed to be inclusive, but that does not give David Platt the right or SBC the right to conclude US institutions are systemically racist, or that all whites are white-supremacy racists.
    Clearly, the SBC accepted BLM's baseless accusations on other than the facts, because the SBC findings show most Christian churches are diverse and not racist, and no one had any worries of systemic racism from as recently as 2017. It was simply a denominational issue.
    So, why does SBC label all churches as racist now and currently hold society's institutions are systemically racist? It is inherent in the SBC historical DNA and how the SBC came to be… Southern Baptist is a narrower grouping of Baptist churches. It originated over the question of whether slavery ought to be tolerated among Christians.
    Yes, SBC was founded on racism and maybe a systemic racism of its denominational churches. But, they have no right projecting this Victimhood on you, me, or any church outside the SBC.
    Historical record: The word Southern in Southern Baptist Convention stems from it having been organized in 1845 at August, Georgia, by Baptists in the Southern United States who split with northern Baptists over the issue of slavery, with Southern Baptists strongly opposed to abolition and black civil rights.[4]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist_Convention
    Therefore, David Platt was raised in a racist denomination, and most leaders in the SBC were raised in this same racist denomination. Okay, then Platt, and all the SBC leaders should go repent for their sins and the SBC should repent for their sins. But, Platt and the SBC 's sins of racism are their sins and not the Evangelical Church's sins as a whole. And, surely not a proof of systemic racism in society's institutions. To claim otherwise is to deny history of our Constitution, and the US Amendments, and all the Civil Rights legislation over the past 70 years.


  2. Will David Platt, the Social Justice pastor be thanking Shaun King when his church gets torn down by his calls for Social Justice? Maybe so. Therefore, there are 2 types of Social Justice. One is man-centered on institutions and the other is centered on God and His power.

    What, then, is the Christian view of social justice? The Bible teaches that God is a God of justice. In fact, “all his ways are justice” (Deuteronomy 32:4). Furthermore, the Bible supports the notion of social justice in which concern and care are shown to the plight of the poor and afflicted (Deuteronomy 10:1824:1727:19). The Bible often refers to the fatherless, the widow and the sojourner – that is, people who were not able to fend for themselves or had no support system. The nation of Israel was commanded by God to care for society’s less fortunate, and their eventual failure to do so was partly the reason for their judgment and expulsion from the land.

    In Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, He mentions caring for the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40), and in James’ epistle he expounds on the nature of “true religion” (James 1:27). So, if by “social justice” we mean that society has a moral obligation to care for those less fortunate, then that is correct. God knows that, due to the fall, there will be widows, fatherless and sojourners in society, and He made provisions in the old and new covenants to care for these outcasts of society. The model of such behavior is Jesus Himself, who reflected God’s sense of justice by bringing the gospel message to even the outcasts of society.

    However, the Christian notion of social justice is different from the contemporary, secular notion of social justice. The biblical exhortations to care for the poor are more individual than societal. In other words, each Christian is encouraged to do what he can to help the “least of these.” The basis for such biblical commands is found in the second of the greatest commandments—love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39). Today’s politicized notion of social justice replaces the individual with the government, which, through taxation and other means, redistributes wealth. This policy doesn’t encourage giving out of love, but resentment from those who see their hard-earned wealth being taken away.

    Another difference is that the Christian worldview of social justice doesn’t assume the wealthy are the beneficiaries of ill-gotten gain. Wealth is not evil in a Christian worldview, but there is a responsibility and an expectation to be a good steward of one’s wealth (because all wealth comes from God). Today’s social justice operates under the assumption that the wealthy exploit the poor. A third difference is that, under the Christian concept of stewardship, the Christian can give to the charities he/she wants to support. For example, if a Christian has a heart for the unborn, he can support pro-life agencies with his time, talent and treasure. Under the contemporary form of social justice, it is those in power within the government who decide who receives the redistributed wealth. We have no control over what the government does with our tax money, and, more often than not, that money goes to charities we might not deem worthy.

    Basically, there is a tension between a God-centered approach to social justice and a man-centered approach to social justice. The man-centered approach sees the government in the role of savior, bringing in a utopia through government policies. The God-centered approach sees Christ as Savior, bringing heaven to earth when He returns. At His return, Christ will restore all things and execute perfect justice. Until then, Christians express God’s love and justice by showing kindness and mercy to those less fortunate. Platt's man-centered Social Justice Gospel built on hate must go.