'Silent shepherds' sending subliminal messages

Monday, August 3, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pastor at pulpitAn evangelical leader is reminding pastors that there are consequences for failing to preach on the issues of the day.

Dr. James Kennedy Ministries recently polled listeners, viewers, and donors on how they feel about the Church, pastors, and major issues like abortion, religious liberty, poverty, and sexual identity.

"There's a lot of frustration in the pews over what I call the silent shepherds," relays the ministry's president, Dr. Frank Wright. "While they agree that the scriptures speak to every area of life's human endeavor, they don't generally preach about those things."

Though eight out of ten participants in the "2020 National Pulpit Survey" believe that clergy should address those matters from the pulpit, the Christian News Network notes a recent Barna survey finding that only ten percent of pastors are willing to do so. Dr. Wright warns, though, that there are consequences for shying away.

Wright

"Number one is that when the pastor is not addressing these questions from the pulpit, the subliminal message, the silent message is perhaps the Word of God just doesn't really speak to these things. And that, of course, is completely false," he submits.

Secondly, it sends the message that these are areas in which the Church should not be involved, which is also wrong. The result is the Church is not impacting the culture like it has in the past.

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