As the year winds to an end, a spokesman for a network of pastors urges ministers to tackle some of the controversial issues that have made 2015 a very volatile year in American history.
Gary Dull is a pastor in Pennsylvania who is also a board member of the American Pastors Network and executive director and vice president of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network. He encourages pastors to address the pressing topics he believes are being neglected in America's pulpits - issues such as defending Christianity in the face of Islamic extremism, immigration, the protection of marriage, homosexuality, abortion, religious liberties and values voting.
Dull urges pastors not to back away from their calling to preach the whole Word of God.
"We believe that God would use the pulpit and his Word as the authority in the land today,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Pastors have the responsibility to proclaim His Word over the pulpit so that authority can be proclaimed in the country and used by the Spirit of God to bring us to the point that we need to be in this nation - that is, back to our Judeo-Christian ethic and biblical principles."
He says when pastors fail to preach a biblical worldview on the issues of the day, it's a detriment to their congregations. "Consequently, the individual members of the congregation cannot order their lives according to biblical truth, which in reality leads to disobedience," he adds.
Dull argues that pastors should tackle controversial issues and proclaim absolute truth from a biblical perspective - no matter now uncomfortable it might be to do so.