Pastor-Senator Warnock Deletes Easter Sunday Tweet Preaching Social Gospel Over Resurrection
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) erased a controversial Easter Sunday tweet after the former Atlanta preacher was accused of heresy.
BY CALEB PARKE
STARNES MEDIA GROUP
“The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Warnock tweeted Sunday morning. “Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”
The former pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached was lambasted on social media.
Nationally syndicated radio host Todd Starnes wrote: “Heresy spewed by a heretic.”
Heresy spewed by a heretic. https://t.co/sSgF4xfusH
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 4, 2021
Others questioned if his obviously blasphemous tweet was written by a staffer because it would be bizarre for a Christian to write those claims. Fox News reports Warnock gave a Sunday service talking about how it has been a lonely season due to the coronavirus.
Conservative Allie Beth Stuckey called it an “absolutely inane–albeit unsurprising–tweet from narcissistic heretic Raphael Warnock,” adding “there is nothing more transcendent than the resurrection of the God-man, Jesus…”
But MSNBC host Joy Reid did support Warnock before he deleted the controversial tweet.
Responding to former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis who called it a “false gospel and heresy,” Reid wrote:
“This lady is literally calling the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church — a heretic. This actually happened today. Madame, I’m gonna take @ReverendWarnock’s take, as a pastor and a scholar on the Word over yours, if you don’t mind.”
This lady is literally calling the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church — a heretic. This actually happened today. Madame, I’m gonna take @ReverendWarnock‘s take, as a pastor and a scholar on the Word over yours, if you don’t mind. https://t.co/xia6HjwDCG
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 4, 2021
After Warnock deleted his tweet, Ellis added: “He should delete Reverend in front of his name too.”
Warnock deleted his heretical tweet.
He should delete Reverend in front of his name too. pic.twitter.com/6FYNG6LFZ1
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) April 5, 2021
The above article is published with permission and originally published at toddstarnes.com.
What is the ‘social gospel?’
(Excerpt from GotQuestions.org)
For a Christian perspective on the idea of a social gospel, we need to look to Jesus, who lived in one of history’s most corrupt societies. Jesus never issued any call for political change, not even by peaceful means. He did not come to earth to be a political or social reformer. The gospel Jesus preached did not have to do with social reform or social justice or political change. Rather than attempt to change governments and institutions, which are made up of people, Jesus came to change people’s hearts and point them to God’s kingdom. He preached the saving power of the gospel and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, Jesus showed deep compassion for the poor, the sick, the dispossessed, and the outcasts of society. He healed them, but before taking care of their physical or emotional needs, He first took care of their spiritual needs. He was most concerned about the state of their souls and preached the gospel of repentance from sin through Him so they understood that their eternal destiny was far more important than their circumstances here on earth. Several of His parables conveyed this truth, including Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19–31). The rich man, who had every possible social advantage, spent eternity in hell while Lazarus, the poorest of the poor with dire social needs, was comforted in heaven.