Baptist Pastor: Christianity in America Too Wedded to Patriotism
By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post On February 23, 2017
The Rev. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr., senior pastor at Monumental Baptist Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, preaching a sermon in January 2017. Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/american-church-must-separate-faith-from-patriotism-distinguishe
The Rev. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr., senior pastor of Monumental Baptist Church of Philadelphia, gave a lecture earlier this week sponsored by The Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity (BMPC) on the state of the church following the Barack Obama administration.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Mapson explained that a key theme of his lecture was that "Christianity in America has been wedded to American patriotism and the biblical understanding of the faith has been compromised."
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"Christianity has been separated from being Christ-like, meaning that the concern for the 'least of these' the lost and the left-out, the very people Jesus came to save," said Mapson.
"Many who claim the Christian faith are more patriotic than Christ-like. For them, personal salvation is more important than social justice."