Jack Graham, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, preached on Sunday that socialism is incompatible with Christianity. He did so in a televised sermon, and he pulled no punches.
Graham, who threatened to pull more than a million dollars in his church’s funding from the ERLC because of Russell Moore’s leftism, pulled no punches on Sunday, saying that “Socialism is fundamentally at odds with the Christian worldview and seeks to suppress all peoples in support of the state.
Graham, who is a pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, also said, “No one serious about their Christian faith can be serious about supporting socialism.”
For those who believe in the 8th Commandment, which forbids theft of personal property, they would have to agree with Graham. Many progressive Christians in Graham’s own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, would disagree with him.
The sermon was entitled, “Christianity versus Socialism” and Graham said on Twitter that it was one of the most important sermons he had ever delivered.
You can watch his sermon on his church’s website, here.
Graham preached, “Some young people see capitalism, corporate America, as being greedy, without compassion, without concern, and we have to admit that there is a lot of greed in people’s lives. But here’s the thing, young people under 30 have not seen in their lifetime the devastating effects of Soviet-style repression and oppression through socialism and its big bad brother communism.”
He continued, “Socialism is totally secular and is predicated on atheism. Our faith in Jesus Christ is built on the word of God, the revelation of God, that God exists, that we believe in the resurrection of Christ, and with that faith comes freedom to live an abundant life with liberty, but Karl Marx, the father of scientific socialism, considered religion of all kinds, and specifically Christianity, as the opiate of the masses. You’re on drugs if you believe in God.”
Graham also had some harsh words to say to Christians who don’t see the danger toward religious liberty caused by the doctrines of Karl Marx.
Graham said, “It would be a catastrophic miscalculation to think that socialist hostility towards religion, and Christianity specifically, has changed in any way since the days of Karl Marx. Socialist countries today are secular in nature, often repressing and oppressing people of faith, all faiths, and particularly are determined to root out Christianity.”
“Name me one socialist-style country, communist or otherwise, that is open to faith without oppression and suppression of that faith. It is at the very root of this thing called socialism.”
You can listen to his full sermon here. It was pretty good.
[Editor’s Note: HT Baptist News Global]