Collective Redemption

Collective Redemption, sometimes referred to as collective salvation, is one of the most dangerous yet most successful demonic attacks on Christianity that has ever occurred. It is a doctrine that diametrically opposes the individual redemption offered through the sacrifice of Christ and has been directed toward a specific and highly religious population. It is a prime example of the warnings of false doctrine found throughout scripture and the cause of many good Christians being led astray. Its doctrine is most easily achieved through various acts of government.

The doctrine of Collective Redemption began in the 1960’s and teaches that unless reparation is made and the redistribution of wealth is attained, no one will be redeemed. It teaches that there are two groups of people, the oppressor and the oppressed and without reducing the oppressor neither of these groups of people will find grace. This doctrine has become a major part of Black Liberation Theology. James Cone, one of its founders, and Reverend Jeremiah Wright, one of its best known current day advocates, teach their followers that they must collectively work toward the redistribution of wealth and reparation if they hope to find salvation. Their teaching is open to all, but directed primarily toward people of color because they have known oppression.

The doctrine is based on the concept that Christ will seek restitution from the Jews because they were instrumental in His death and therefore the believer must emulate Christ by obtaining restitution from those they believe are, or have been instrumental in harming them. This has one of the causes of a growing hatred inside our country toward Israel. Interestingly, this doctrine falls neatly into the political agenda of the Progressive Party.

Scripture however, clearly teaches that Christ was a victor and a conqueror, not that He was a victim, nor oppressed, nor that He hated those who harmed or even sought to harm him. Christ is the personification of the perfect and unconditional love of God and gave His life as an individual and personal redemption for everyone who was willing to become a child of God. Christ warned His followers about the false prophets that would come after His death to bring them false doctrines. He also taught that we love our neighbor as ourselves and that we not seek revenge for any real or perceived wrong (Romans 12:19). Collective redemption requires an act of vengeance which spawns hatred and has grown out of envy for one’s neighbor.

One of the simplest tests to disprove doctrines taught by false prophets is to compare the fruit of the doctrine to the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Comparing the doctrine of collective redemption and the teachings of the Holy Spirit demonstrates their differences. For example, collective redemption demands the redistribution of wealth and reparation, and thereby produces hatred as opposed to love, unrest as opposed to peace, division as opposed to longsuffering, and vengeance as opposed to gentleness (Galatians 5:22-23). Matthew 7:16-17 tells us: “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing…..Ye shall know them by their fruits….” And Galatians 5:26 adds: “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another”.

Sadly, many who were once true Christians have succumbed to this false doctrine of collective redemption and may lose their soul salvation because of it. It is especially sad to see these souls work with all their strength and heart to promote this ideology in the mistaken belief that they are doing God’s work and gaining their salvation. By perverting the true meaning of Christ’s sacrifice for them, they and their ministers will suffer the wrath of God. Scripture describes the anger with which God views the perversion of His words and sacrifice, and provides warnings in almost every chapter of the Bible.

1 Corinthians 11:13 warns against false apostles, Acts 20:29 describes the wolves that will enter among Christians, Mark 13:13:23, 2 Peter 2:1 and Matthew 24:11, 24 and 25 bring similar warnings. Titus 1:10 addresses the many deceivers that will attack Christianity, and 1Timothy 4:16 warns to “take heed”. Acts 5:3 asks if Satan has filled our heart with lies, and 2 Corinthians 2:11 warns: “Lest Satan get an advantage”. Genesis 3:1 tells us how subtle Satan is, and John 8:44 tells us that Satan is a liar and a deceiver. Matthew 24:41 addresses the parable of the ten virgins who were all invited to attend a wedding, though only half of them were allowed into the wedding because they had not done what was asked of them and the door was locked to them. This tells is that all Christians are invited to the First Resurrection but sadly only half will have remained faithful to the true doctrine and be allowed to enter the wedding feast with Christ.

Scripture clearly addresses the ministers who preach a false doctrine, telling them that they will be punished severely for leading others astray. Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2 are an example of these warnings and tell us that if someone causes a child of God to stumble, it would be better if they hung a millstone around their neck, entered the water and drowned rather than face the punishment of God.

It is sad that many Christians have given themselves over to these false doctrines, but it is especially sad to see well meaning Christians perpetrate acts, entertain thoughts, and seek goals that they have been taught are godly when they are instead, demonic. Those who have been misled will have a sad awakening one day and, just as described in the parable of the ten virgins, it will be too late for them to make the change that God requires.

Scripture also tells us to speak sound doctrine (Titus 2:1) and to prove what we say and hear (Malachi 3:10, Romans 12:2, and 1 Thessalonians 5:21) by learning what God tells us in scripture. We must be especially careful as the end times envelop us because scripture warns us that the devil walks across the earth as a roaring lion seeking to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). Satan must destroy our faith to prolong his life and we must take his power very seriously. We must carefully guard the true doctrine of Christ and fight for our faith.

Many Biblical scholars and ministers have courageously spoken against the collective redemption tenet of Black Liberation Theology in an attempt to warn its followers against the demonic influence of this theology. We too must speak out and do our part to help those who are being misled and who may, because of this doctrine, lose their soul salvation. We must listen carefully to everything we hear for even the smallest clues that will reveal Satan’s subtle influence.

Every one of us should prove the doctrines we hear by comparing them with what scripture tells us. Every one of us should warn our children, our relatives, our friends, and neighbors about succumbing to false doctrines that will cause God to say, “I know ye not” (Matthew 25:10-12). Every one of us must guard the precious gifts God has given us and help others find and follow the true doctrine which teaches that Christ gave His life for each of us individually, that God teaches and shows Himself through love, and that we testify our Christianity by our actions toward one another.

Hatred, destruction, vengeance, corruption, racism, and unrest are never from God and are actions that we must flee. Proverbs 14:7 warns, “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceives not in him the lips of knowledge.” And the last words of the Bible found in Revelation 22:18-19 warn: “….. if any man shall add…..and if any man shall take away from the words of this book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life…..” Those who follow the directives of those who have changed God’s words may also lose their part in the book of life.

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