As Western Civilization falls to liberal-driven degeneracy, Christian pastors remain largely silent – crippled by fear over societal repercussions for speaking God’s word.
The Barna Group conducted a survey showing that 50 percent of American Christian pastors are frightened to speak to their congregations about difficult issues such as homosexuality and abortion.
This is despite the fact that there is a growing chorus of parishioners who want these key issues to be addressed.
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“The pressure for leaders, and especially faith leaders, to satisfy everyone on all sides and to avoid offense is very real today, especially in the digital era,” Barna editor-in-chief Roxanne Stone said. “The public nature of social media only increases the stakes.”
The pressure has caused many church leaders to substitute the Gospel with social justice propaganda as they try to conform with popular tastes rather than confront sin throughout society.
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Other findings in the survey include 64 percent of pastors indicating that they feel limited by their parishioners over what social and moral topics they should cover while 69 percent of pastors feel pressured to speak on those same issues. As a result, many pastors are confused on how to move forward.
“I think a lot of guys probably have thought, ‘I don’t wanna hurt my approval rating.’ It’s the same reason presidents don’t do everything they said they were gonna do,” said Michael Howard, who serves as the senior pastor of Seaford Baptist Church in Virginia, to Faith Wire.
Howard recommends that preachers go back to the basics and stick to Bible-centric teachings rather than attempting to conform to popular culture.
“God has designed us to desire perimeters, whether we know it or not,” Howard said. “I think if you stand up in the pulpit and you are honest and transparent and you say, ‘This is as far as the Bible says we can go in belief and behavior,’ people are actually hungry for that and drawn to it.”
In the era of the mega church, Howard’s practical advice often falls by the wayside. Millionaire televangelist celebrities like Joel Osteen prefer to ignore sin completely because people “already feel guilty enough” while focusing on convenient platitudes designed to make Christians empty their pocketbooks.
“I do think there is a certain thought, especially in the church world, that you’re supposed to be poor and broke and defeated to show that you’re humble. And see, I don’t buy into that,” Osteen said, despite the fact that the “certain thought… in the church world” he refers to comes directly from Biblical scripture.
Howard disagrees with Osteen’s revision of Christianity, saying that it is the preacher’s duty to “preach the full counsel of the Word, in season and out of season. This is the job that a pastor has.”
Pastors will need to find the intestinal fortitude needed to overcome the many societal pressures to preach the word of Christ and redeem a Western world that is rapidly secularizing.
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Father Handcuffed, Arrested for Playing Tee Ball with Wife and Daughter in Public Park
So much for the land of the free.
Matt Mooney, a 33-year-old father and resident of Brighton, Colo., was accosted by police in a public park and restrained with handcuffs for playing tee ball with his wife and 6-year-old daughter on Sunday afternoon.
Mooney told his story to the FOX31 Problem Solvers and believes he is entitled to an apology because of the cruel mistreatment he received from these uniformed thugs on a coronavirus-enabled power trip.
He described the shocking and traumatizing ordeal that his young daughter was forced to go through because of the government overreach.
“She’s like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested.’ At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me, this is insane.’ I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me,” Mooney told FOX31.
Mooney refused to provide identification to law enforcement because he believed he was in compliance with the law. Former Brighton City Councilman Kirby Wallin recorded much of the incident on his cell phone camera.
“He’s being taken by the Brighton police for playing softball with his daughter in an empty park,” Wallin said.
Wallin does not believe that what law enforcement did to Mooney in front of his family was appropriate.
“I find it hard to believe with all the things going on in our communities, the only way to resolve a situation like this was to handcuff a father in front of his daughter,” he told FOX31.
Mooney noted that he and his family were in full compliance with the sign that was posted at Donelson Park, which said “Closed” but specified in small print that “in groups of no more than 4 persons, parks remain open for walking, hiking, biking, running and similar activities.” He is accusing the cops of violating the social distance orders by hassling him and humiliating him in front of his daughter.
“During the contact, none of the officers had masks on, none of them had gloves on, and they’re in my face handcuffing me, they’re touching me,” he said.
“If we’re going to go ahead and start arresting people for no reason in front of their 6-year-old daughter, you’re just going to cause more problems later on,” Mooney added.
The Brighton police have not taken responsibility for their heinous actions at the present time. They did release a vague statement on their Facebook page Sunday night though, which may or may not be referencing the incident.
“The Brighton Police Department is conducting an investigation into a situation that occurred late this afternoon at Donelson Park. This is an active investigation and so we are unable to provide additional information until the investigation is complete,” they wrote.
The Brighton police thus far have not returned media requests for comment. This is just the latest in a countless number of infringements with coronavirus hysteria used as the catalyst to sever core freedoms.
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