Ordained minister Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) said in a Tweet on Sunday, “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are a Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”
The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) April 4, 2021
Senator Warnock almost immediately received backlash from others, saying his statements are tantamount to heresy. One such critic is Darrell B Harrison, who is part of John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church.
This is what the heresy of liberation theology does—reduces the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to self-salvific moralism and thereby making ourselves God. https://t.co/6gShUluWI6
— Darrell B. Harrison (@D_B_Harrison) April 4, 2021
College Republicans at Georgia State University echoed similar sentiments by tweeting Ephesians 2:8-10.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” https://t.co/ol3Fe33KSm
— College Republicans at Georgia State U. (@CRsatGsu) April 4, 2021
Warnock’s theological background is rooted in Union Theological Seminary, where he received his instruction. The “seminary” has made headlines in the past for its progressive stances on theological matters. Back in 2019, Union showed pictures of their students kneeling before plants confessing their eco-sins.
Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor.
What do you confess to the plants in your life? pic.twitter.com/tEs3Vm8oU4
— Union Seminary (@UnionSeminary) September 17, 2019