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A Conversation with Greg Stier: Why the Gospel Shouldn't be Eliminated by Social Justice

Jonathan: So, basically, in a way, this is kinda the seven ways that we do that mistake. These seven sins are a little different than normal cause these are... in a way, the seven ways that we sometimes replace sharing the gospel with social justice.

Greg: Well, yeah. I think, the first sin is that it doesn't fulfill the last and lasting mandates of Jesus when Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, you know, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I've commanded." And then, before He ascended into Heaven, Acts 1:8, you know, "You will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be My witnesses." And He arose into Heaven. So, he did not say, "Your primary job and primary mandate is to go out and feed the poor and build houses for Habitat for Humanity."

Jonathan: Sure.

Greg: He said your primary goal is to make disciples of all nations. Now, under the subset of that, yeah, part of that making discipleship process we're gonna be feeding the poor....

Jonathan: They did it. Right in those following verses in Acts.

Greg: You bet! They took care of the poor and that was part of what they did, but the punch line of what they did was to make disciples, the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, social justice in and of itself is important but it is not the last and lasting mandates of Jesus.

Jonathan: And so, you're talking about the Great Commission. How come you think that some people... It seems that when it comes to the Great Commission versus the Great Commandment, love one another... how come it always seems like an "either/or," we either gotta do the Great Commission or the Great Commandment? How come they don't seem to think, "Hey, these are both important?"

Greg: Because I think Satan distracts us. I honestly think Satan is distracting....

Jonathan: Boom! He brought it right back to Satan.

Andy: There we go.

Jonathan: Because of Satan!

Greg: No, I'm telling you dead serious, I think Satan is distracting the church.

Jonathan: How's he do it?

Greg: Because he's given us something good to replace the great.

Jonathan: Oohh. He's crafty.

Greg: He is crafty. And you know what? I think he's underestimated. He's so beautiful, he's so powerful that one third of the angels of Heaven thought that he could take out Jesus. So, that's pretty convincing. That's pretty powerful. And he is convincing and conniving today and I believe he is distracting the church from our primary mission and cause, and as a result, there's gonna be a lot of people that go to Hell on a full stomach. Cause their bodies have been fed, but their souls have not been. And I'm like, you know what? Don't stop with the body. Start with the body! Feed the body, but feed the soul, you know? I mean, I think we have a short term view and that leads us to the second sin....