Godly vs Ungodly Methods of Pursuing Social Justice
October 19, 2020 Blogs by: Tim Jennings, M.D.

My blogs during 2020 have sought to make evermore clear the difference between God’s kingdom and the kingdoms of this world, the difference between God’s design laws and human imposed laws. I have sought to expose how imposed rules (human governments and methods) always seek power over others to coerce and force its way, while God’s kingdom always seeks to heal hearts and minds while leaving people free to choose for themselves.

I have sought to differentiate these two methods not just in theory, but also in practice—how we actually apply them to our lives here and now. In these blogs, I have exposed the trap of pursuing godly goals via Satan’s methods across the landscape of human experience, demonstrating how such actions always injure and harm and documenting how only God’s methods heal and save.

I have documented this conflict between opposing methods in:

How we deal with ourselves:

How we deal with others:

Science and health:

God’s dealing with the sin problem:

How human governments operate:

How social justice is pursued:

My blogs have consistently exposed the fallacy of imposed law, of coercion, of imperialism, of force, and have uplifted the righteousness of truth, love, and freedom in achieving God’s goal of saving people from sin. I have consistently exposed that one of the traps of Satan is to proclaim, via words, a righteous goal while pursuing that goal through unrighteous methods.

Some have accused me of being political, but I am not being political. I am exposing truth across the landscape of human existence. The battle between Christ and Satan, between truth and lies, between love and selfishness, enters into every phase of human experience.

One Bible commentator writes:

The student should learn to view the word as a whole, and to see the relation of its parts. He should gain a knowledge of its grand central theme, of God’s original purpose for the world, of the rise of the great controversy, and of the work of redemption. He should understand the nature of the two principles that are contending for supremacy, and should learn to trace their working through the records of history and prophecy, to the great consummation. He should see how this controversy enters into every phase of human experience; how in every act of life he himself reveals the one or the other of the two antagonistic motives; and how, whether he will or not, he is even now deciding upon which side of the controversy he will be found (E.G. White, Education, p. 190).


My blogs have consistently exposed how this conflict between good and evil wars through every phase of human experience—religious, intrapersonal, interpersonal, health/science, and governmental.

There are many people who love the righteous proclamations of certain individuals or groups but are duped by claims into joining the forces of evil because they don’t look at the methods being employed to achieve the goal. The mature are those who have developed by practice the ability to discern right from wrong (Hebrews 5:14). The mature look at evidence, not mere proclamation. Satan, as the father of lies, has words, has rhetoric, has hyperbole, has claims, but he has no evidence. The mature see through the claims to the results, to the outcome, to the consequences, and they understand that the evidence of outcome reveals the truth.

  • God’s methods bring unity; Satan’s methods divide. In the world today, are the actions of the groups with which you identify uniting or dividing people?
  • God’s methods bring peace; Satan’s methods bring violence. Examine the world today and see which methods are restraining violence and which are inciting it.
  • God’s methods promote liberty (for love grows only where freedom exists); Satan’s methods take away liberty. What movements in the world today are promoting more autonomy and liberty and which are restricting them?
  • God’s methods seek to bring facts and evidence into the open for all to examine and see; Satan’s methods are to obstruct evidence, to censor, to cancel voices that present opposing perspectives. What parties today are open for inquiry and the free exchange of evidence, and what parties seek to obstruct investigation and the pursuit of evidence?

Why is this important? Because the Bible teaches that before Christ returns, the entire world, except the very elect, will accept the lies of Satan and embrace his beastly methods of deceit, coercion, and control. Right now, we see forces at work that claim to be advancing righteous causes, but the methods they employ destroy the hearts and minds of people.

Those who use such methods to pursue righteous causes are either naïve (don’t understand how reality works), foolish (they trust others rather than think for themselves or accept mere claims as evidence), or malicious (they know what they are doing is a fraudulent power-grab that will destroy but pursue it anyway). The question for you is: Do you recognize these forces at work?

I invite you to become a thinker, to learn to discern, to see how the conflict between good and evil enters into every phase of human experience, and to choose to embrace the methods of God as you seek to advance the kingdom of God.

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Tim Jennings, M.D. Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and an international speaker. He served as president of the Southern and Tennessee Psychiatric Associations and is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries. Dr. Jennings has authored many books, including The God-Shaped Brain, The God-Shaped Heart, and The Aging Brain.
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