It is a startling new study from renowned researcher, George Barna, and it has me in tears. Barna took two years to conduct a survey on Pastors and social issues. It tells me what I did not wish to believe about Pastors in the modern day pulpit.
Here’s the story from OneNewsNow.com:
“George Barna–research expert and founder of The Barna Group–shared new information he’s compiling at American Culture and Faith Institute over the last two years, gauging where theologically conservative pastors are at politically.
“‘What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask them: Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?–and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.’
“When researchers ask those pastors what else they are willing to do to get their people active in the political process, Barna said ‘it’s almost nothing.’
“‘So the thing that struck me has been that when we talk about the separation of church and state, it’s that churches have separated themselves from the activities of the state–and that’s to the detriment of the state and its people,’ stated the researcher.”
90% of Pastors KNOW the Bible speaks to the day’s issues, yet LESS THAN 10% SPEAK TO THOSE ISSUES! While our U.S. Constitution guarantees: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBIT THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF”. Our Evangelical Pastors have silenced themselves!
The obvious question is why! Why would Pastors withhold their voice from the marketplace at a time when their words are needed more than ever?
Barna explains that, as well and thus the reason that has me in tears for America. “Why the disconnect? According to Barna, the answer is simple. He suggests asking pastors how someone would know if their church is ‘successful’–which he did.”
“‘There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to [when asked that question],’ he explained. ‘Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.’”
There you have it: pastors are more concerned about being “successful” than they are being truthful. They believe if they tell their congregations the truth, their churches will not be “successful.” The vast majority of pastors believe church success lies in:
*Number of programs
*Number of staff
*Square footage (of facilities)
Open up your Bible and turn to the passages that describe those five categories as making a successful ministry. Oh, that’s right…they’re NOT there. Success is found in being FAITHFUL to the Inerrant, Infallible Word of God….RIGHTLY dividing the Truth…speaking the truth in love AND obedience even when it is NOT popular or politically correct. Faithfully following….even unto death….the Saviour of our souls.
Pastor you were called “for such a time as this”. Speak God’s eternal Truth to todays issues. Be faithful now to what God has called you to do, proclaim His Word!