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Why don’t more pastors speak out on moral and cultural issues?

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November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Have you ever wondered why more pastors don’t speak out about controversial moral and cultural issues? Why it’s rare to hear a sermon about abortion or homosexuality?

I’m sure many pastors would say, “That’s not my calling. My calling is to preach and teach the Scriptures, not to be a cultural commentator.”

But doesn’t the Bible itself comment on culture? Doesn’t God’s Word intersect with society? Didn’t the prophets of old confront the evils of their day?

Other pastors might say, “My calling is not to be political. My calling is to make disciples.”

But how should disciples live? What happens when we experience injustice in the workplace? What happens when our kids come home from school crying after the latest sex-ed class? What happens when racism raises its ugly head in our community? How do we respond as disciples?

Shouldn’t church leaders help us answer these questions?

I say the answer is emphatically yes: As leaders in the Body, we need to equip our people to deal with the cultural challenges of the day. And our people want to be equipped!

Why, then, don’t more Christian leaders speak out? The answer may surprise you. Watch here for our latest, Consider This, 5-minute video commentary.



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Michael L. Brown

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Dr. Michael L. Brown is a national and international speaker on themes of spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, and host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. He and his wife Nancy, both Jewish believers in Jesus, have been married since 1976. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

He became a believer in Jesus 1971 as a sixteen year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer. Since then, he has preached throughout America and around the world, bringing a message of repentance, revival, reformation and cultural revolution. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Denver Theological Seminary, the King’s Seminary and Regent University School of Divinity.

Dr. Brown is the author of more than 25 books, including Our Hands Are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People, which has been translated into more than twelve languages, the highly acclaimed five-volume series, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, a commentary on Jeremiah (part of the revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary), and several books on revival and the Jesus revolution. His newest books are Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide (2015), The Grace Controversy: Answering 12 Common Questions about Grace (2016), Breaking the Stronghold of Food (2017), and Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation (2017).