To the many thousands who saw the tweet, it meant very different things.

For many conservative Christians, the tweet challenged the core belief of their faith: Jesus’ literal resurrection is the way to salvation. To many progressive and moderate Christians, Warnock seemed to be suggesting closeness to God is more about their actions, what they do to relieve suffering and create justice. The seeking of social justice is emphasized in particular in the Black church.

Ed Stetzer, who leads programs about evangelism and missions at Wheaton College, where he is executive director of the Billy Graham Center, falls in the former camp and said he was glad the tweet was deleted.

‘It does not reflect biblical Christianity or the teaching of the gospels,” he said, citing First Corinthians 15:14: “The verse makes it clear, ‘And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.’ Christianity is certainly more than Jesus’ resurrection, but that historical, bodily resurrection is the bedrock reality that makes Christianity Christian.”

The tweet also drew criticism notably by conservative political figures, including commentator and podcaster Allie Stuckey:

And Donald Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, who baselessly claimed he won the 2020 election: