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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New York Library Plans LGBT Re-Education Program After Community Rejects ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’
There is no escaping this Satanic agenda.
Activists in Rye, New York have successfully averted a showing of “drag queen story hour” in their community library, but the library is pushing back with an LGBT re-education program meant to indoctrinate young minds into the perverted lifestyle.
The activists, including citizen journalists Robin Janovich and Tom McDermott of The Rye Record, questioned a showing of drag queen story hour scheduled for the library on Feb. 8.
“Are families likely to bring their young children to a program that uses drag queens to focus on inclusivity? Why are we foisting conversations on inclusivity on children that young? Are we replacing bedtime stories, which take children out of themselves and out into other, far more interesting worlds, with discussions of sexual differences when they are innocent sponges?” the reporters asked.
The proposed story hour event was geared toward children aged 3-8 years old and was billed as a teaching experience to “celebrate difference, learn empathy, and create crafts” and “celebrate diversity while building confidence in self-expression.”
Citizens in Rye started asking questions and began to cause a stir among the community as people began to question why these perverts were being allowed intimate access to children.
“What happened to bringing joy and delight to our children and grandchildren, rather than assaulting them with political correctness?” one concerned citizen asked.
“If the #MeToo Movement has taught us one thing, isn’t it that men dressing up as women for entertainment isn’t progress?” asked another individual.
The activism resulted in the event being postponed, but Rye Free Reeding Room Director Chris Shoemaker announced that they would instead bring in “educators” to push LGBT propaganda instead of drag queens.
“But nearly all of those emails were anonymous, so I couldn’t respond to them individually,” Shoemaker said. “They were form letters asking that the library be neutral in its viewpoints and not create an unwelcome environment.”
“After looking at all the feedback and considering whether we should be using an adult performer to spread this message,” Shoemaker continued, “I decided the library should pause and refocus on engaging different educators.”
Meanwhile, pro-degeneracy advocates such as Rye resident Joie Cooney and the City of Rye’s Human Rights Commission are pushing to get story hour reinstated. They want children to be groomed by this vile group of predators out to corrupt the souls of the children.
In other states, drag queens have been completely unvetted before being allowed to read creepy stories about gender and sexuality to children. This has resulted in pedophiles being allowed to administer story hour events to kids. The organizers have done absolutely nothing to assure that drag queens receive criminal background checks beforehand, and there could be dozens if not hundreds of more predators using story hour as a means to find unsuspecting prey.
The people of Rye, as well as the rest of the country, will require nothing short of eternal vigilance to protect the innocence of children from LGBT predators.
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