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Friday, October 25, 2013

Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars

Prophecy Sign:  The continued dilution of biblical doctrine 

Recently we've been highlighting the new Pope's war on conservative ideological doctrinal beliefs and his emphasis on tolerance, ecumenicism and social justice issues.  Somewhat coincidentally, although perhaps not as controversial, the new head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is calling for a pullback of the church from the political and cultural war.  He suggests that activism in the political arena should be curtailed and that the church should love the homosexual community and not consider the Gay agenda to be an "evil conspiracy".  In dressed up words, Russell Moore has basically said the same thing as Pope Francis.

While we agree that Christians should show love for all peoples, including those in the Gay community, we can't agree that we should simply drop our activism towards maintaining some semblance of Godly principals and mores in our laws and culture.  We as Christians must continue to stand for biblical principals.

During the days of Nazi Germany, the church abdicated its responsibility to be the moral compass in the political arena.  That subsequently allowed the rise of Hitler to supremacy and ultimately led to the deaths of millions.  The following is a quote from Hitler himself regarding the church and political affairs.

"The German Church and the People are practically the same body. Therefore there could be no issue between Church and State. The Church, as such, has nothing to do with political affairs. On the other hand, the State has nothing to do with the faith or inner organization of the Church. The election of November 12th would be an expression of church constituency, but not as a Church. (Adolf Hitler, answering C. F. Macfarland about Church & State (in his book, The New Church and the New Germany).

If left unchecked, the positions of the Catholic Pope and the SBC's new Ethics Commissioner will allow for the rise of yet another world dictator who will be far, far worse that Adolph Hitler ever was.  That is why we must always stand for sound biblical doctrine and truths and never abdicate our responsibilities in the name of tolerance and universalism.  

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV

Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars
For years, as the principal public voice for the Southern Baptist Convention, the country's biggest evangelical group, Richard Land warned of a "radical homosexual agenda" and pushed for a federal ban on same-sex marriage. His successor, Russell Moore, sounded a different note when the Supreme Court in June struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "Love your gay and lesbian neighbors," Mr. Moore wrote in a flier, "How Should Your Church Respond," sent to the convention's estimated 45,000 churches. "They aren't part of an evil conspiracy." Marriage, he added, was a bond between a man and a woman, but shouldn't be seen as a "'culture war' political issue."
Today, after more than three decades of activism, many in the religious right are stepping back from the front lines. Mr. Moore, a 42-year-old political independent and theologian who heads the convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says it is time to tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray, given what he calls a "visceral recoil" among younger evangelicals to the culture wars.

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