Is The Gospel Social Justice?

Have you ever found yourself visiting a church and after a few months realizing that the gospel of Jesus Christ had never been defined or mentioned even once? Instead, you get powerful testimonies laced with out of context scripture about helping the poor and promoting political ideology. If there is a message that the enemy wants to confuse, misrepresent, twist, and lie about, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a society rapidly distancing from Christian principles and values, it is common for the gospel to be erased, muzzled, and/or redefined. It is vital that christians know and understand the gospel so that they can faithfully articulate it, reflect it, and defend it.

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:19-20 ESV underline added).

Satan and his dominion have control of the world (Satan can only do what God allows him to do). With this in mind, who should define the gospel of Jesus Christ, the world (Satan) or the Word of God? Here is another interesting question: “Should the church (light) impact the world (darkness) or should we allow the world to impact the church?” Things to consider when joining a church…

Jesus’ Words,

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (John 14: 1-7 ESV).

We know from the Word of God that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father. So the message that informs us on how to be saved (forgiveness of sins and entry into heaven to be with and to worship God forever) is the most important message ever given to human history.

This message is called the “gospel,” which means “good news.” It is this message, which according to the Apostle Paul has THE POWER!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:16-17).

So what is the gospel?

The gospel as affirmed by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Cor. 15:1-5 ESV)

Paul passes along the gospel message that he himself received! In the Greek, these passages happen to be in creedal form and date to the very early Church!

Both evangelical and critical scholars recognize that this creed dates within a few years of Jesus’s resurrection. Even critical scholar Bart Ehrman, a well-known agnostic leaning atheist, admitted such:

Paul came to know about Jesus within just a year or, at most, two of his death. Paul too preserves traditions that stem from the early period of his Christian life, right after his conversion around 32–33 CE. […] Paul claims to have visited with Jesus’s closest disciple, Peter, and with his brother James three years after his conversion, which is around 35–36 CE. Much of what Paul has to say about Jesus, therefore, stems from the same early layer of tradition that we can trace, completely independently, in the Gospels.[1]

His previous summary,

Moreover, the information about Jesus known to Paul appears to go back to the early 30s of the Common Era, as arguably some of the material in the book of Acts. The information about Jesus in these sources corroborates as well aspects of the Gospel traditions, some of which can also be dated back to the 30s to Aramaic-speaking Palestine.[2]

Reasons for the gospel & the gospel defined

We are all sinners deserving death and are in need of a rescue mission. God sent His only Son Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless and perfect life, to take the penalty of sin upon Himself by willingly dying on the cross. On the third day after He was buried, He victoriously rose from the grave defeating both sin and death. Then for a span of forty days, He was witnessed by many people until He ascended into Heaven where He currently sits alive and well at the right hand of the Father until the day when He will stand up to come judge both the living and the dead.

To be saved, we repent and believe in Jesus as Lord, which means we acknowledge our guilt before God as sinners and turn away from the world and our sins. We then turn towards God through faith in Jesus Christ placing our trust in Him alone. Anyone who believes in Jesus is saved from eternal punishment, will stand righteous before God at judgment (Jesus’ righteousness is credited to the believer), and will be with The Lord in Heaven forever!

A Problem

We live in a society that often, especially at public secular universities & the liberal arm of the church, tries to hijack and redefine the Gospel. This is usually done to leverage political ideology and to misrepresent God’s design for sex, marriage, gender, and race issues. The result is shifting hope away from the resurrection of Christ towards hope in social justice. This starts with man’s hollow worldly wisdom and ends with false hope (a lie).

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight (Proverbs 9:10).

The Christian hope (our only True Hope) is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not social justice. This does not mean that God does not care about social justice. In fact God cares very much about social justice, so much so that the People of Israel were sometimes punished for avoiding it.

According to Ross Hickling, “God had a deep concern for those who had sold themselves into slavery. God was so concerned about the abuse of Israeli slaves at the hands of their fellow citizens that the prophet Jeremiah proclaimed the destruction of Jerusalem as punishment for their cruel treatment of these slaves. As observed in Jeremiah 34:8-17, the activity of Yahweh on behalf of these oppressed ones gives us a hint at the disposition of God towards those who are deemed to be weak in society. He loves and defends those who cannot defend themselves. Jeremiah is not the only prophet who pens this divine concern for the downtrodden.”

Click here to read, “Does the Old Testament God Care about Social Justice” by Ross Hickling

“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

The scriptures are very clear that God is just in all His ways and we see Jesus as the perfect example of social justice as He brings the gospel to even the outcasts of society.

After watching a PragerU video on social justice that highlighted what liberals really mean by “social justice,” I found certain common terms on left – leaning websites promoting social justice toward a socially just world based on their concepts of human rights and equality:

  • Economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation
  • Income redistribution
  • Property redistribution

Note “egalitarianism”, “progressive taxation”, “income redistribution”, and “property redistribution.” These are the driving forces behind socialism and communism and ultimately remove individual freedom to make way for a forced bigger government that will also enforce the above. This definition of social justice is not biblical nor does it work. It assumes that every wealthy person took from the poor and that the haves have too much and the have – nots have too little.

Watch this video by PragerU:


Biblical social justice ends up being a natural result of rightly placing our hope in Jesus Christ. As we strive to follow Jesus over the span of our lives, we as individuals and the church become more like Him and become more obedient to Him. The result is individual Christians and the church helping the poor, comforting the hurt, and taking care of the needy (orphans & widows) etc. As we grow closer to Christ we become more selfless, reflect more of God’s love, and rather than allowing the world (darkness) to effect the church (light), the church effects the world with Truth.

False Hope

Hope in anything other than the resurrection of Jesus Christ is false hope. This false hope manifests itself in a variety of ways:

  • Spouse
  • Self
  • Unjust war
  • Fame
  • Education
  • Money
  • Social Justice
  • Diet
  • The health of our planet
  • Political party
  • Big or small government
  • Sex
  • Redefining Gods laws and/or design
  • False religions
  • Suicide
  • And the list goes on and on.


The Danger of Jesus without the Gospel:

A church missions team went to Mexico to build wells and new homes for the poor. While in Mexico helping a poor village, they stated things like “Jesus loves you,” and “We are Jesus’ hands and feet.” They point to Calvary, express amazing love, humility, and selfless service, but they left without actually proclaiming the gospel message to the village. After the missions team left, Jehovah’s Witnesses swooped-in to fill the need. The villagers, who gained a genuine interest in Jesus, are now being taught a false Jesus and some converted to the christian cult.

This was hypothetical, but let me give an example that actually happened:

I was walking through the Appalachian State University campus and noticed a group of christians from a local church manning a table giving away free hotdogs. A student dressed in Middle Eastern attire walked up to the table and asked, “What is the catch”? The christians manning the table said, “There is no catch, we just want you to know that Jesus loves you.” The student takes the hotdog and while walking away he lifted up the hotdog and said “Thank you Jesus.” Then I noticed that he was walked towards the Jehovah’s Witnesses who were also manning a table on campus.

What if, because of these christians good deed, that App State student became genuinely interested in Jesus and stopped at the Jehovah’s Witnesses table?  He would be led astray and given a false Jesus.

Don’t get me wrong, christians giving away free food is a good deed and the Lord can use that for His purposes, but the act by itself is not the gospel. I am also not saying that what the christians were doing was wrong, but it is something to think about.

Brothers and sisters, we need to know the gospel so we can share it, reflect it, and defend it because there is no other Way.

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2).

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).


Our Eternal Hope is in Christ!!!!  Praise The Lord!

“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).

“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40)

– Greg Walker

  1. Bart D. Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, (New York: HarperOne, 2012) 172, Kindle edition, ch. 4–5, “Evidence for Jesus Outside the Gospels” and “Two Key Data for the Historicity of Jesus.”
  2. Ibid.

Walk By The Way


September 9, 2016

I have so much respect for them. They have class all day and homework to do. They could have gone anywhere else and done anything with their Tuesday night. They could have gone to another club meeting with tons of people, loud music, mixing and mingling. Or they could have been out horsing around. Which is so instinctive for a 19ish year old to do. But they weren’t. They were there. With us. Eating homemade birthday cake and listening to Greg discuss “Is Truth Relative?” How profoundly humbling. Those young people are so very brave to be there, in a classroom of all places which is probably not high on a college student’s list of fun places to be in their spare time, and not just talking about God and warm fuzzy things but getting right down to the nitty gritty let’s-do-this-philosophical-analytical-thang. It’s real stuff, man. And we had about ten more show up than the previous week!

Anyway. How very very humbling it all is. And how refreshing, too, to be here. Doing THIS. The other night after having a few students over for dinner, Greg and I were just overflowing with joy and thanksgiving knowing THIS is why we are here! After so much time, planning, hard work, trials… whew, this is it! To SERVE, love, and teach. And listening to Greg talk it was abundantly clear that THIS is it, and it’s exactly what God has created and prepared Greg for right here and now. Like a fish in water he gets on their level and is just so relatable and captivating. One dear student raised his hand and asked “What will we talk about next week?!” How incredibly encouraging.



My duties are quite mapped out for me in the home these days (hands very happily full of babies! Think: 20 diapers a day lol. James is allllllmost crawling and Wesley is a ball of energy/joy/curiosity.) I won’t often be able to go on campus for the meetings with our two sweet boys in tow, but being Greg’s birthday last week we decided to go and surprise him with love, support, and cake. The boys were sort-of-quietly entertained for the hour long meeting, but I’m so glad we were able to go be with him and those dear souls who faithfully came out to learn about and discuss Christian apologetics.

How full and uplifted our hearts are tonight. This is such an interesting new chapter of life for us; most nights we either have neighbors or students over for dinner, which in a previous chapter may have felt a little overwhelming, but God has graciously brought us to a place where it gives us such peace and joy to regularly open up this home that is surely not ours, but the Lord’s, for fellowship and love.


“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Thanks for your prayers and love,


Eyes on The Prize

July 31, 2016

On our move up to Boone, we had a diaper “situation” that needed immediate attention and we had to stop at THE next gas station. On the other side of the gas pump was a rough looking biker dude. He called over to Greg to come help him because he was having trouble seeing the gas pump through his glasses (?!) so Greg helped him and began small talking. With James in my arms I walked over, and being a former biker chick myself I can appreciate a little biker interaction. He told us stories about his children and grandchildren and his girlfriend, and that his health is failing and he’s struggling with smoking addiction. So we asked if we could pray for him and he said yes, and right there at the gas pump we prayed for him in Jesus’ name and then he prayed for us too! His prayer was beautiful and heartfelt; he was a diamond in the rough and a reminder to keep our hearts and eyes open to receive God’s love and blessing even in the unexpected. We parted ways saying “See ya in Heaven!” We pray that we will see ol’ Johnny again!

A few months back, no sooner than receiving God’s call to ministry with Ratio Christi at Appalachian State, did we begin to experience much testing and trials. We have been faced with various sicknesses/allergies, spider and severe insect bites, general cloudy headedness and classic spiritual warfare as we began the preparation for the move. On top of that our apartment lease ended a few weeks sooner than our house was ready to move into, leaving all our personal belongings scattered in three separate locations while we stayed with family. The transmission on our family vehicle went out unexpectedly. We had to move our things in and out of multiple storage facilities. At times we felt depressed and even discouraged yet we have been clinging on to God’s word that we are to consider it joy when faced with trials of various kinds. God has remained faithful to us and continues to give us encouragement at our lowest points when we feel ready to just give up. One night after some particularly bad news about a door that was closing that we had many hopes for, God blessed us with three new supporters all in one night. We remember that all things work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his will, and must not forget exactly what our calling is: to be a light in the darkness and minister to the needs of the students at Appalachian State University.

We must stop and look past the long list of trials, and look at a MUCH longer list of God’s mercies! God continues to provide help in our time of need and has built our endurance with every last trial that we have encountered. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

We have been unpacking and settling into our new little cabin on a precious mountain outside of Boone… We are actually just over the Tennessee state line, about 25 minutes from campus where we absolutely can not wait to begin the campus ministry. A friend of ours who is a rising freshman at App state told us about a sad reality at her freshmen orientation; the students and parents were welcomed all together and then students were split apart from the parents and shown multiple presentations about being “accepting and welcoming” to particularly immoral behaviors that those 18 year olds should not have had to witness on day one of college, or ever. Welcome to the world, guys. And what a brutal awakening many of those kids must have had, to see those things promoted. But, the enemy will do everything to wedge in and distract, and what easy targets are those of weak or no faith. We, too, have been faced with discouraging and distracting situations where we anticipated support that fell through for one reason or another, or any of the many other trials, which remind us to put our faith and hope in God alone and not in man and to keep our eyes on The Prize and goal here: to reach the lost and make strong and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ during our fleeting and precious time on Earth.

On a lighter note! Kind of? The Lord has been particularly pressing in my heart the fact that these days with my tiny tots are also fleeting, and lately I’ve so been wishing time would just stand absolutely still. It’s in the sweet moments after bedtime, during bedtime story and milk time, in the quiet dusk moments with the ceiling fans gently blowing their soft sweet hair and the crickets singing a lullaby through the open windows that my heart just wants to leap out of my chest and all I can do is praise our Heavenly Father and read another page of Mickey’s Picnic in the Woods. Children absolutely are a heritage from the Lord, like arrows in the hands of a warrior and SO so blessed are we to have them in our “quiver!” With our little arrows literally in tow we are so anxious to begin the ministry work here!!!!


To those of you who have launched us and have been supporting us on our journey so far, we thank you fervently for your prayers and partnership. We will keep you posted as things progress toward getting Ratio Christi at App State going full speed ahead! Until then….. let’s all remember to keep our eyes on The Prize and look past the temporal and make the most of the invaluable gift of time!!!!!!!!


Welcome to BooneWalkers!

Our first ever blog post!

Why do you believe what you believe? What is apologetics? What’s Ratio Christi? What do really cute babies do in their spare time? And what the heck are the Walkers doing?!?!?

If you’ve ever found yourself asking any of those questions, then you’re at the right place! High five!

Welcome to BooneWalkers, the Walker family blog where we hope to dabble in a little of this and that, post ridiculously cute pictures of irresistibly cute babies, and mayyyybe answer one or two of those questions.

What do you say?? Are you up for the adventure? You know the drill… Fasten your seat belts, hold on to your hats, and remember- keep your eyes open, you might see an elephant!

About us:IMG_5958_Fotor.jpg

Our fearless, dashing, former-army-ranger-now-diaper bag-toting, circus ring leader

Lover of tea time, nap time, past times, and good times

The quiet one. HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lover of milk, mom, and serious snuggles

So what the heck ARE the Walkers doing?

Well, we are closing the chapter where it all started for us, in Charlotte, NC where we met, had some babies, and where Greg has been a seminary student at Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College for the last 5 years studying- what was that fancy word?- yes, apologetics.


reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.

Why, thank you Google.

So, Christian apologetics is reasoned arguments and defense of the historic Christian faith.

For a while now, we have been feeling the call to full time mission work doing… something somewhere. Yeah, we thought that was pretty specific, too…

After much prayer and lots of doors opening and closing, we have found ourselves at Ratio Christi, a college campus Christian ministry dedicated to teaching/interacting with/discipling students (and faculty) at secular, liberal, religious, public, and private universities around the world! Say that five times fast!

We will be moving to the Boone, NC area where Greg will serve at Appalachian State University as the new chapter director.

Ratio Christi actually originally started in 2008 at Appalachian State University as the Reasonable Faith Apologetics Club. The idea was first initiated by a conversation between two ASU students about the need to address serious intellectual questions raised in the university as they pertained to Christianity, and that concept quickly caught on and is currently spreading to hundreds of campuses all over. You can read more about the history of Ratio Christi here.

So, we are currently in the process of transitioning our life and our family to begin this new exciting chapter and we are humbled to go with God to App State and start this new adventure. We have entered into a season of support raising, as each of the 200ish missionaries for Ratio Christi worldwide have done.

We invite you to follow along on our fun filled family adventure on this here blog. That’s right, we’re fixin’ to be mountain people y’all!