Jim Wallis of Sojourners: Still a false teacher

When my youngest daughter was taking a Jr. College class on government during her last year of high school (home schooling), she asked if I had ever heard of Jim Wallis.  Apparently her textbook had an extended quote by him.  We are blessed with daughters that have outstanding discernment, so I was overjoyed but not surprised that even in a Liberal class and textbook she saw that he was a fake.

I’d say he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing but he’s so far gone that I think he took of the sheep’s clothing.  Must have gotten too warm.  In a move that should surprise no one, he just switched to supporting oxymoronic “same-sex marriage.”  He, like Rob Bell and others, waited until the precise moment that it would profit him to “change his mind.”

Of course there was no substance to his change, just blather about strengthening marriage (another lie).

“We are losing marriage in this society. I’m worried about that – among low income people, but all people. How do we commit liberals and conservatives to re-covenanting marriage, reestablishing, renewing marriage?”

When The Huffington Post asked Wallis to clarify if that meant he specifically supports same-sex marriage, Wallis answered, “yes.”

Isn’t that special?  He has taken it upon himself to do the opposite of what God said and act like he’s just trying to help marriages.  It has nothing to do with maintaining his popularity!

More about Wallis:

  • He is a faux-lifer, which is worse than being openly pro-abortion because of the added deception.  He blathers about “social justice” while ignoring the greatest injustice in our country: Killing unwanted human beings.  
  • While posing as a centrist, he accepted funding from pro-abortion Leftist George Soros then lied about it.
  • He is a shameless race-baiter.
  • Worst of all, he specifically denies the real Gospel and says the Gospel “is all about wealth redistribution.”

From a January 13, 2006 radio interview with Interfaith Voices:

Host: Are you then calling for the redistribution of wealth in society?

Wallis: Absolutely, without any hesitation.  That’s what the Gospel is all about.

Run, don’t walk, from people like Jim Wallis.

6 thoughts on “Jim Wallis of Sojourners: Still a false teacher”

  1. I don’t know Jim Wallis from Adam. I agree that this new position of his is disappointing. I appreciate his desire to strengthen marriage, but I fail to see how this will help. I think it is misguided and smells (no, stinks) of political motivation.

    But Neil, I don’t see how his 2006 comment you quoted means he denies the true Gospel. I would assume “That’s what the Gospel is all about” is referring to the purpose of the Gospel, not the means. Where has Wallis denied the basic tenets of salvation by grace through faith in Christ? If he has denied that, and for all I know he has, then he should be called out on it. But if he hasn’t, we should be more careful in how we label him. Like I said, I don’t know him from Adam, he could be an out-and-out universalist for all I know, but unless I see something more substantive than this I can’t label him that way.


    1. Hi Erich,

      Before commenting on Wallis’ “gospel” I sought out the original audio and listened to it all to ensure that I was getting it in context. It was. He was challenged on the statement and he doubled down. And worse yet, his brand of wealth redistribution isn’t opening our own wallets, but asking Caesar to take from our neighbors by force to “give” to others in counterproductive ways.

      I do appreciate you checking, but there is much more about Wallis to know to really understand his “gospel.”


      1. Thanks for the reply, Neil. But I’m still confused. The gospel is we are saved by grace through faith in Christ, and I don’t see Wallis denying that.* I see the 2006 comment above as expounding on the purpose of the Gospel, not its means. You talk about Wallis’s views of wealth redistribution but those views are irrelevant to a discussion of the Gospel as the means of salvation.
        Look at it this way. Ephesians 2:8-9 gives us the means of the Gospel, v.10 the purpose. Wallis’s views you’ve quoted reflect how he views v.10, not 8-9. Where does he deny v.8-9? If it is elsewhere in the interview you mention, that’s fine, I’m satisfied calling him out on it.
        *(Just so it’s clear, when I say “I don’t see Wallis denying that,” I don’t see Wallis affirming that, either. As I’ve said twice now, I don’t know Wallis from Adam, so I can’t really say one way or the other. I asked my questions above not to defend Wallis but to seek information.)


  2. Eric – you are right, the Gospel is about salvation by grace through faith, and I’m not denying Jim Wallis has ever preached that, although I’ve never heard him saying it, and to be honest, having proven himself a false teacher I find no reason to listen to a word he says. However in your defense of him, please tell us where the Gospel mentions wealth redistribution other than voluntary charity. When you can’t find a word of that please turn to Proverbs 30:5-6

    5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

    It’s fine to have a personal opinion, but our orthodoxy must remain pure, our doctrine must be clean because every word from God is a gift from God. To falsely claim that your opinion is actually God’s command borders on blasphemy and we must distance ourselves from people who make their living doing this.


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