The Gospel Coalition is not about the gospel. That ship sailed years ago. It is coalition social activists, many of whom are financially supported by leftist billionaires like George Soros and James Riady, whose sole purpose is to platform the Church to effect political change in the U.S. and abroad.
The Gospel Coalition has co-opted many useful idiots who probably mean well, but are simply too ignorant to see past the surface of what is happening to the Church. One of them is Jared Wilson who recently penned a piece at The Gospel Coalition calling the famous gospel preacher, George Whitefield’s Christianity into question.
In this piece, Wilson jumps on the anti-Protestant bandwagon calling Whitefield’s salvation into question because he was a slave owner. Not only did Whitefield own slaves himself, but during this time of social experimentation and reform, Whitefield was instrumental in legalizing slavery in his own state, Georgia, and possibly owned slaves before it was legal.
Let’s be clear, this should not be construed as any kind of defense of chattel slavery. It is not. However, the perspective that is missed here should be blatantly obvious — during this time, people did not know what we know now about the history of slavery. Was owning slaves sinful? Yes, of course, it was. But so is smoking cigarettes. However, when cigarettes were new, everyone did it and nobody thought about the consequences.
The body of Christ requires a Church that disciplines and holds accountable those who are in sin. America did not have a well-organized and established Church to do this — it was still a work-in-progress.
I’m not defending Whitefield’s advocacy for slavery — however, I am calling it absolutely absurd, asinine, and stupid to call Whitefield’s salvation into question based on that. If we are to do that, then should we not call everyone’s salvation into question? After all, have we not all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? Ignorance of your sin is not an excuse, but the blood of Jesus Christ is much larger, and the fruits of Whitefield’s ministry testify to a man — like David, the sinner — who was after God’s own heart.
The Gospel Coalition isn’t really interested in preserving the rich theological history and doctrinal contributions of the Protestant Church — they are hell bent on destroying it. The Gospel Coalition serves to undermine the history of the Church — regardless of how biblically sound it is — and replace it with a history that elevates multiculturalism over doctrinal and biblical integrity.
This isn’t about the gospel, or even George Whitefield’s salvation. It’s about jumping onto the narrative that is using the sad reality of these happenings to call all orthodoxy into question and institute a whole new gospel of social justice.