Monday, May 18, 2015

Pastor: Decline in Christians means that pastors need to be more anti-gay


According to a recent Pew Research survey the number of Christians in America is dropping like a rock. As Pew puts it: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” Nevertheless roughly 70% of Americans identify as Christians. Pew offers several theories for the decline including more religious intermarriage and increasing racial diversity. I would think that intermarriage should net out while increasing racial diversity generally means more Latinos which means more Christians.

Enter Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network. He has his own point of view shaped by “research” that he does not identify:
The decline in Christianity in America is a call not simply for Americans to return to church but for the church itself to return to God's Word. We know from research that too many pastors are not preaching the whole counsel of God's Word as it relates to societal issues, holy living and true discipleship. Therefore, many Americans are leaving the church because the church has left the authority of Scripture. It's past time for pastors to take a stand for obedience to biblical truth if we are to see God's blessing return to our nation.
As readers might guess I have my own theory. Perhaps people are sick and tired of bigoted pastors telling them that members of their family as well as friends and co-workers are evil perverts. The Bible says many things that Christian pastors tend to ignore. Why is there an obsession with demonizing LGBT people including LGBT congregants?

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