They Couldn't Be More Wrong

What? That’s just not true. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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For the first time ever, a church in England has been denied a special tax status on the grounds that Christianity is not a public good. According to the Charity Commission, which made the decision, “there is no presumption that religion generally, or at any more specific level, is for the public benefit, even in the case of Christianity or the Church of England.”

Apparently, the commission made this decision because the church only allows professing Christians to take communion.

This is stunning statement and patently untrue. Wherever the Christian Church has flourished, orphanages, hospitals, and schools have followed close behind. And to say this in England? It was there that Christians worked to end the slave trade, under the leadership of William Wilberforce.  This is one way we can be arguing for the biblical worldview: it has always led to good things in the public square, and history proves it.

Come to and I’ll link you to an article Andy Crouch has written on that very subject.

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Further Reading

Churches not necessarily for public good, says charity watchdog
The Telegraph | November 4, 2012

What's So Great About 'The Common Good?'
Andy Crouch | Christianity Today | October 12, 2012