Julaine ApplingPresident, Wisconsin Family Action & Wisconsin Family Council Founded in 2006, Wisconsin Family Action exists to inform Wisconsin citizens about pro-family legislative and cultural issues, involve Wisconsin citizens in activities that strengthen the family, prepare Wisconsin citizens for elections, as the law provides, and advocate in the state legislature on cultural and legislative issues that affect the family. WFA advances Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty.
An article by Pastor Bryan Fischer points the finger squarely at the professing Christian Church in America for our nation’s decline in morality and biblical values. The Christian Church is supposed to be the moral and spiritual conscience of our nation, challenging government and people when they stray from God. Instead, Fischer thinks it has become the problem rather than the solution. Mike and David discuss this on today’s program.
We also check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action to discuss the spiritual and political climate in Madison regarding life, marriage, and religious freedom issues.
From today’s interview: “Law is always downstream of culture.”
“When religious freedom bumps into a person’s perceived “civil rights,” Christians and religious freedom loses.” – Julaine Appling
From Bryan Fischer of AFA Radio: How seeker-friendly churches hurt America
The plain truth of God’s Word – when America’s pastors no longer have the courage to preach it, America begins to drift from its moorings. It loses its moral center.
Many churches in America, sadly including many mega-churches, pride themselves on being “seeker-friendly,” by which they mean they are not judgmental and mean like those angry fundamentalists. Carrie Underwood famously supports same-sex marriage and attends a church whose pastor has so blurred the edges on the issue of homosexuality that his parishioners likely are confused about whether God is concerned about the issue at all.
Such seeker-friendly churches typically try to appeal to the unchurched by giving short shrift to the hard sayings in the Scriptures and the firm, fixed, and unalterable moral standards that are found there. This is because they fear seekers will find them too harsh, too difficult, and too out of phase with contemporary culture. Because such controversial truths might run seekers off, it’s best to avoid them entirely and talk endlessly and exclusively about how nice, kind, and understanding God is.
And so, as G.K. Chesterton observed, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
Now there is nothing wrong with being friendly toward those who are seeking the truth. Of course we want to have open hearts to all, and patiently explain the truths of Christianity to all who have a sincere desire to find out more about God. But patiently explaining the hard truths of Scripture to seekers is much different than avoiding them altogether or so twisting them that they are explained away.
It’s one thing for a man to be a friend of sinners, but it’s another for him to be such a friend of sinners that he becomes an enemy of God by betraying His word. Such a “friend” of sinners may only be paving their way to a Christ-less eternity.
Now seeker-friendly churches assure us they will eventually get around to introducing fresh converts to the edgier truths of Scripture. But my question has always been, “When?” When exactly will you do this? Will it be in a main service where the bulk of seekers are? Or will it be in a small, little-publicized setting which minimizes the risk of too many people hearing it, as if these were truths that are too embarrassing for civilized society? Or will it happen at all?
The cost to American culture from this kind of weakness and timidity is enormous. As Martin Luther King, Jr. observed, the church is the conscience of America. Its pulpits are to “flame with righteousness,” as a quote attributed to de Tocqueville has it.
…When America’s pastors no longer have the courage of their convictions, America begins to drift from its moorings. It loses its moral center. Its conscience becomes dull. The American people, including its politicians, can no longer tell right from wrong because they aren’t being told the difference by those who are entrusted with the oracles of God.
A gyrocompass is an amazing device, used in ships and airplanes because no matter where it’s put, it always enables the pilot to find the horizon and identify truth north, especially in rough weather. The Word of God is our cultural and spiritual gyrocompass. It’s time for America’s pastors to steer by it once again.
Katie Yoder (Media Research Center) on Stand Up – the Battle for Truth
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