Contemporary Christianity – Preaching AROUND the issues of today

22 August 2014 AD

Martin Luther posting his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door
Martin Luther posting his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battlefields besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” – Church Reformer Martin Luther

Pollster George Barna’s latest poll discovers a disturbing fact about 90% of U.S. pastors.

“New research shows that while 90 percent of pastors believe the Bible has much to say about today’s pressing political and societal issues, fewer than 10 percent are talking about those issues from the pulpit.”

Clearly, pastors are professing “with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking”.

Read more about Barna’s findings in this Charisma Magazine article titled “Most Pastors May Be Committing This Sin, Study Suggests” http://www.charismanews.com/us/45090-most-pastors-may-be-committing-this-sin-study-suggests

Pastors right here in little ole Rockwall fear political controversy, apparently, than they do the wrath of God. One pastor who leads a very large congregation spoke ONCE on the evils of homosexuality. A barrage of angry emails from a select few put an end to his preaching to the issues of the day. Most pastors think preaching about the issues of the day are “political”, while some fear retribution from the IRS.

What about your pastor or rabbi?

German Pastor Martin Niemöller
German Pastor Martin Niemöller

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Call it coincidence these two giants of the faith shared the name Martin. BehindTheName.com reveals the origin and meaning of the name ‘Martin’.

From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.”

Martin is a name for a warrior. Encourage your pastor to become a warrior for the souls of mankind, not a people-pleasing, pew-packing purveyor of poppycock.

John White

 

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