John MacArthur is a key player, respected by conservative evangelicals and often fundamentalists, too. I greatly respect the man.
I appreciate his resistance to fads and consider them a sign of shallowness and superficiality. Rather than pilgrims and strangers, we are more like Lot, settling in Sodom.
Fads often burn out, or involve "tokenism." We say what we are supposed to say, participate in an event or two, and our responsibility in that matter has been fulfilled and we move on to the next fad, the previous fad soon forgotten.
The new fad, to jump on the "social justice" bandwagon, IMO, was propelled particularly by the Promise Keepers movement in 1996 (I was there), and, IMO, also ended the Promise Keepers movement, which was originally about men keeping their commitments to God. Somehow, that theme was hijacked and "social justice" (which was about white men feeling guilty and indebted because other white men -- not necessarily even their own forefathers -- mistreated, enslaved, and then victimized blacks or native Americans) displaced it.
Society at large sort of bows the knee to the shrine of "social justice," because it is expected. Not that this changes anything, but it is a ritual of our times.
Are churches likely to displace the Gospel with this "social justice" message?" That, to me, is the heart of MacArthur's fear: displacement.
He also connects it to the social gospel taken up by the liberal mainlines after they defected from the faith.
One argument could be they defected first and then took up the social gospel in its place so they could have some kind of a message (make the world a better place sort of thing). Another might be that they traded one for the other because they were enthralled with the social gospel.
So are we entering an "unknown" situation here or a repeat situation?
Supporters of social justice note that evangelicals, before the fundamentalist/modernist controversy, were always involved with both gospels. Thus, in their minds, the new emphasis on social justice is more or less a "system restore" to an earlier time.
What do you think?