Why Is the Social Gospel Considered Heresy?

Why Is the Social Gospel Considered Heresy? August 12, 2018

 

Why Is the Social Gospel Considered Heresy?


Some attribute the Social Gospel to Walter Rauschenbusch; while, this particular website attributes it to Washington Gladden and, Religion News (RNS) refers to both and another guy I’d never heard of (Charles Sheldon).

Most interestingly, this is where the infamous slogan, “What Would Jesus Do?” originated from; that is, within Charles Sheldon’s novel titled “In His Steps” where he essentially breaks down what is now labeled as “the social gospel.”

Most of us, today, recognize this social form of the gospel to be attributed to men such as Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren, or Jim Wallis; while at the same time we also associate the aforementioned slogan and those “W.W.J.D.” bracelets to be associated with evangelicalism…

You see, there’s why people consider the social gospel to be heresy and then there’s what the social gospel actually is – which, most of us today, even [small “e”] evangelicals would not consider it to be “heretical”… 

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