Deancooper posted a comment · Aug 19, 2018
You say that "congregants really want" their pastors to speak the truth and take a stand. But it only takes a minority to complain, threaten to leave, and stop pastors from doing just that. After all, who are the ones that are most likely to complain? It would be the most influential and socially connected people, and that would be the wealthiest ones, who pay most of the bills for the church. Pastors themselves want to be respected in their communities. They can even rationalize it by saying that driving people away by raising controversies doesn't help people. Taking a stand then risks a lot. It risks losing people. It risks losing funds. It risks losing church programs. It risks losing social reputation. It risks becoming divisive. No wonder pastors are shying away from the controversial issues of the day. Shying away from confronting sin goes even deeper. There, Christians seem to have widely departed from believing sin is any issue at all. After all, God loves us unconditionally as a father. He doesn't condemn us. He doesn't even seem to convict any more. He just helps us to find our dreams and destinies. It seems to me that our beliefs have gone wildly off track and we need major restoration in the church.