Pastors and other church leaders are attending a conference Thursday to help them impact the culture that is rapidly changing. The conference just happens to be held in a city and state where the culture war is heating up.
A firestorm was created when a "bathroom bill" in North Carolina was signed into law overturning a pro-transgender ordinance approved by the City of Charlotte. The American Pastors Network, meanwhile, scheduled a one-day event – called the "U-Turn" conference – in Charlotte long before this controversy started. (See earlier story)
APN president Sam Rohrer says North Carolina did the right thing with this new law protecting females from having to share the same bathroom with biological males.
"Unfortunately in this culture in which we live, doing right seems to bring with it now increasing cost," Rohrer begins, "and part of what we will talk about at U-Turn is helping to fortify the hearts and the missions of pastors in the pulpit to not get weary in well-doing, but continue to preach the truth and tell their people what it means to stand in the gap for truth."
He tells OneNewsNow that pastors must stay true to their calling.
"And today more than ever we need the truth of God's Word preached clearly, firmly, and straightforward to the people," Rohrer states. "This is what our people need; this is what our culture needs."
As the culture continues to change, Rohrer says pastors must continue to play a critical role in defending what is right.