Daughter of prominent civil rights pastor says the church must re-commit to social gospel
The institutional church, which has largely embraced the prosperity gospels, must return to its original social justice commitment, says Jennifer Jones Austin.
Jones Austin, daughter of renowned social justice preacher Rev. William Augustus Jones Jr., was the guest speaker at her home congregation, Bethany Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where her father was senior pastor for 43 years.
Jones Austin addressed Bethany Baptist Church as part of its Core Values Sermon Series Church highlighting social justice, sacrifice, creativity and diversity.
Using the gospel passage of Matthew 25:3, she said, “The church at large has turned away from the spiritual and social justice ministry, and towards the prosperity ministry.”