A new survey clearly shows that most Protestant pastors want illegal immigration to end.
LifeWay Research, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, conducted the survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors in which 80 percent say the government has the responsibility to stop illegal immigration. Nine percent disagree, and 11 percent are not sure.
Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network (APN), says God's Word on immigration and open borders is very clear.
"In Leviticus 19, Isaiah 1:7 … there are differences in strangers or immigrants. One is good -- let them in when they want to make the God of heaven their God, become a part of our nation," Rohrer references. "Isaiah 1:7 -- keep them out if they are enemies wanting to come in, who do not wish to worship the God of heaven and wish to destroy the nation to which they're coming."
The APN president says the results of this survey go against the pro-open borders stance of some prominent church leaders, including Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
"That's apostasy. That's heresy. And that's where the interpretation by those like Russell Moore and others on matters of immigration become so extraordinarily dangerous," Rohrer submits. "It's not just a difference of opinion. It's a complete wrong interpretation of what God's Word clearly says."
He concludes that no one should be confused about God's position on immigration and borders.
Meanwhile, 70 percent of pastors say they are in favor of an immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for those who are currently in the country illegally. 17 percent disagree and 13 percent are not sure.