Poll: Most Churches Avoid Discussing Social Issues

Originally posted by Veronica Neffinger

Social Issues

Am not used to posting this kinda topic but it caught my eye during my research.

A Pew Research Center poll has revealed that most Christians do not hear about relevant social issues from the pulpits of their churches.

Firstthings.com reports that the poll surveyed over 4,000 churchgoers. All survey participants had attended at least one religious service within the past few months.

The poll asked respondents how often they heard about various social issues in a sermon. Only forty percent of respondents said that the pastor had spoken about religious liberty. Thirty-nine percent said that the pastor had spoken about homosexuality. And only 29 percent said they heard about abortion from the pulpit.

Because of how vocal many in the Christian community appear to be on social and political issues, these results were surprising to many.

The findings of the survey held true across denominations, including for White Evangelicals, Black Protestants, and Roman Catholics.

Possible reasons for why clergy are reluctant to discuss such sensitive social issues from the pulpit are that they are afraid of the controversy such a discussion may ignite, or they may be afraid of losing their tax-exempt status

So I throw this question to the house. Do you think social issues are rarely raised and addressed to in our churches?

Please drop your contributions in the comment section.

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Help somebody

It was a cold winter’s day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church.

As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you couldn’t see his face.

He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet, with holes all over them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the Church.

We all enjoy fellowship for a few minutes, and then someone brought up the man who was laying outside. People snickered and gossiped, but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A few moments later church began. We all waited for the Preacher to take his place, and to give us The Word, when the doors to the church opened. In came the homeless man, walking down the aisle with his head down.

People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way down the aisle and up onto thepulpit. When he took off his hat and coat my heart sank. There stood our preacher… he was the “homeless man.”

No one said a word… the room was silent and still.

Then the preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand.

“Folks, I don’t think I have to tell you what I’m preaching about today.” Then he started singing the words to this song…

“If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody that he’s traveling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.”

Repost: Terrorists In Churches

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in certain churches. Church security identifies these as Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin.

Their leader, Osama Bin Lucifer, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy the pastors and the churches.

A tiny cell known by the name Bin Workin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church. This group appears to be very weak. It is easy to detect because it is the only group that is active in service to Christ. Unlike the true terrorist cells, the Bin Workin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along. Bin Workin visibly does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ.

We have noticed that the Bin Workin cell group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Prayin, and Bin Longin for their Master, Jesus Christ, to return. Which cell group do you belong to?
2 Thessalonians 3:11-For we hear that there are some, which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

Mark 13:32-3-But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father, Take ye heed, watch and pray: For ye know not when that time is.

These same groups have been detected in other denominations. The Office of Home Church Security is coordinating its efforts with the Bin Workin group to interdict the activities of the five terrorist cells now known to be active throughout many American churches. Report all sightings to proper authorities.

By Rev. Dennis Smart, alias Bin Readin
Edited by Carlton Earp, alias Bin Thinkin

Wickedness In The Church

After being hurt by the world and exhausting all your opinions, for many, going to church seems to be the ultimate answer. This is where you’re loved, edified, saved, restored and taught the word of God; you’re not expecting anyone to hurt you. But, what happens when you run to the church for help and they treat you just as bad as those of the world consumed by their sins (judging you, looking down at you, talking negative of you, walking with their nose up high, etc). What should one do? How should you handle it?

One thing I never understood is how someone so close to God (or claiming to be close to God) can hurt and offend someone who’s seeking help, guidance and strength from the Lord. How can someone say their saved and call themselves a Christian yet bash someone entering the church wanting deliverance from their sins? Or how can someone treat another as though their less than human or as though there better than the rest? Have those bashing others forgotten that they too were born of sin and walked a life filled with sin and other things that were and are in opposition of Christ? Have those consumed by their titles forgotten that come judgment day, titles aren’t going to get you into heaven? Though this is a sensitive topic, this is something that’s happening in many churches and its drawing people away from God and causing people to tote a negative connotation on what it means to be a Christian.

Need an example, here are two of them. While working on 2 PraiseGod today, I read a response to a testimony someone gave and an excerpt of that comment referred to the people of God as, “oh-so-awesome-and-totally-perfect Christians who think they are above everyone”. A few days ago, I was browsing the net, I ran into an interesting quote and it read;

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Gandhi.

The sad part about this is that the “oh-so-perfect Christian” comment came from an individual who once went to church but doesn’t anymore. In regards to Gandhi, Gandhi wasn’t a Christian; his beliefs were Hinduism YET there’s still something about Jesus Christ that captures his attention although not being able to say the same about the followers of Christ. Though there are only two examples provided to illustrate my point, these quotes speak on behalf of many individuals (in terms of thousands if not millions of people). So what does that say about us (Christians)? What does this say about our relationship with one another? What are we doing to draw people into the church and not out of the church? What are we doing to show the love of Christ to others? Are we condemning? Are we judging? What are we doing?

To be honest with you, this blog entry is something I delayed in writing because I wasn’t sure how to confront it or how it would be perceived but it’s something that needs to be addressed. I’ve experienced and have witness others experience hurt by the people of God; having to deal with the judgment and opinions of others although the Bible makes it clear not to cast the first stone unless you are without sin. Please understand that my objective isn’t to offend anyone and if I have please do accept my sincere apology. However, this sensitive topic happens often yet is kept in the dark. Because of this, my assignment for today is to expose and to give encouragement to those who are dealing or have dealt with this hurt in some way shape or form.

To those who have dealt with the hurt, I understand how you feel. I too wanted to walk away from the church and isolate myself. I thought of all places, church should be the last place where I’ll be hurt. However, just when I had that thought, I was reminded, who am I going to church for? Is it for the sake of people or is it to increase my spiritual walk with Christ and be edified.

Understand that people (including church leaders) are fallible; as their not perfect; they too fall short from the glory of God, as we all do including myself. Although it’s easy to run away from God, a church or to form an opinion about the body of Christ from the pain caused by people, I encourage you not to give up. Don’t let others stop you from getting all that the Lord has in store for you. God wants to do new things in your life and has assigned you to do mighty things to the glory of His name. It’s the devil’s job to stop you from doing the work of the Lord and to tear you down. One of the many ways the devil goes about doing this is using people who’s close to you, and sad to say, this includes family members, friends and even the people who make up the church body. How so? Well the Bible lets us know in Ephesians 6:12 that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The part I want to focus on is where it says, “…against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Please understand that spiritual wickedness in high places includes (but isn’t limited to) spiritual wickedness operating through church leaders, pastors, ministers, clergies, pastoral assistances, etc. This is why we have pastors who teach one thing but are hypocrites to the sermon they preach; this is why you’ll hear on the news that a trustee was guilty of stealing money from the church or a church leader molesting a child and etc; because there’s “spiritual wickedness in high places.”

In addition, using the same scripture (Ephesians 6:12), when someone hurts you, understand that your battle isn’t against “flesh and blood” but against “principalities, against powers [and] against the rulers of the darkness of this world.” Theses evil spirits (demons) who are given their assignment from the devil are out to steal, kill and destroy you. What better way to go about doing this than to use the people who are the closest to you – pastors, ministers, church leaders, family, friends, etc? Honestly, it would make the most sense to do so. If I wanted to detour you away from God, this would be the most strategic move. It would place you in a stage of vulnerability and put control in my hands because I know If I sent an evil spirit to operate through someone close to you, its effectiveness to throw you off track away from God would be incredibly high. This is why we’re told to put on the WHOLE armor of God so that we may be able to stand against the wilds (strategies) of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).

What should I do?

When others accuse, belittle, degrade, lie, mistreats and hurts you, don’t resent or hold grudges against the person(s) offending you. Instead, pray for them. I know praying for a person whose hurt you can be difficult but it’s the start of restoration and healing. When you pray, ask the Lord to speak to their heart and to give them a spirit that’s of Him – love, peace, joy, etc. Also pray for a spirit of unity. Remember that praying not only helps the person(s) you’re praying for but it also helps to strengthen your walk with Christ as well.

In addition to praying, forgive. Don’t seek revenge or wish harmful things against anyone no matter how much they’ve offended you. Do not say, “I [will] pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them! (Proverbs 24:29)” “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19). God will handle those who are harming and coming against His people. In the mean time, forgive and if you can’t find it in your heart to forgive, ask the Lord to give you a forgiving spirit and He will. Choosing to forgive a person is a conscious decision you must make regardless of how you feel. Choosing not to forgive will hold you attached to that person with the chains of bondage; set yourself free by forgiving. I encourage you to read about
Forgiving Others as it will go into further detail about forgiving and the affect of choosing not to do so.

Be mighty in the Lord and know that you are more than a conqueror. When you face opposition doing the good work of the Lord, they’re not coming against you, but rather the spirit of Christ that’s within you. Don’t be weary in well doing, give up or throw in the towel. God says in His word that every tongue that rises up against you in judgment, you shall condemn (Isaiah 54:17). Again, I encourage you to be mighty in the Lord and be stead fast on him. When faced with opposition, pray and forgive those who have come against you and God will handle it from there.

I encourage and exhort those offending others to seek the Lords face and ask him to renew within you a right spirit. The Word of God says, “if anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.

For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:19-21). Loving your brothers and sisters in Christ doesn’t consist of hurting or offending them; neither does it consist of hurting those who are poor or unfortunate. Remember, what you’ve done to the least, you’ve done to Christ. The Bible speaks against walking around thinking highly of ourselves and encourages being a servant to others. God showed us how to be a servant when Jesus himself washed his disciple’s feet which was strictly a job left for a servant.

How humbling is this? Jesus himself, the messiah, going down on his knees setting an example on how to serve others.
If you’ve offended someone, please go to that person and ask for their forgiveness and make whats wrong right. In the Lord’s house, there should be peace and unity, not disfunction and wickedness.

You and I will be held accountable for every word and action we say and do; let’s make sure we’re speaking life and blessings into people’s lives and not death, poverty and brokenness. Let us be Kingdom Builders of the Lord and nothing else. The devil himself is out to destroy the people of God, let’s not be contributors of this devious plan by destroying one another.

From a concerned source

His Treasure House Abuja Presents Word Feast: Enlargement 

Abuja stand up!!!

On behalf of my Senior Pastors, Pastor Godwin and Pastor Seun Uwuba’men. I will like to invite you for our power pack programme, theme: Word Feast. 

I am a living witness to this wonderful programme,  i wont want to be stingy with the anointing but to share with you as you join us and take charge of your territory, enlarge your coast and make great things happen in your life this year in Jesus name. 

“Capacity for your opportunities”

Trending: Christian Ministries Aim to Influence Every College Campus with the Gospel

Am happy the missionary outreach around the world are doing a good job bringing the gospel to unbelievers and also building their faith.  For example in the university campus environment, where there is a lot more of drunks, drugs, and nude acts. 

According to Christian Headline, there is a prayer movement beginning to take flight for God’s Word to be heard in hard to reach collegiate student bodies across the country. “The goal is zero,” Mark Gautheir told CBN News, “Zero campuses without an expression of a student ministry by 2025.” Gauthier is the executive director of Cru’s U.S. campus ministry, who is teaming up with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to launch this mission. They are hoping that youth engagement in moments of participation with organizations will help the success of their cause.

The #everycampus campaign aims to reach 1,800 college campuses with the Gospel message. The campaign website,

everycampus.us , states, “God loves every student on campus. But, more than half of today’s college students attend a campus where there is not an active group of Christians sharing the love an hope of Jesus with their classmates. We want to change that.” CBN News reported that the two campus ministries, which are the biggest of their kind in the country, are teaming up in hopes to encourage other churches and organizations to join them in their mission.

The method behind the mission is deeply rooted in the passion both ministries have to reach college students. The purpose of InterVarsity is as follows: “In response to God’s love, grace, and truth …to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world.” Cru (formerly Campus Crusade)’s website reaffirms, “when you take on the task of reaching the world, you have to think big.”

The executive vice president for field ministry at InterVarsity, Jason Thomas, told CBN News, ”We would love to see a gospel movement planted in every campus in the country, particularly in every campus that has at least 1,000 students.” Thomas went on to state that traditionally underserved communities like smaller state schools, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, historically black colleges and universities and tribal colleges tend to go unreached. “You need different kind of effort to contextualize the gospel,” he said.

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Prayer Walk Against Abortion: Repost

Was surfing the net and came across this movement against abortion outside a clinic called “Charlotte Abortion Clinic” by over 100 churches. 

Just wanna share this with you guys and also support the movement out there too.. 

Supporters of a 40-week pro-life march that has been ongoing outside a Charlotte abortion clinic are preparing for the rally’s highlight on Saturday called Love Life Charlotte.

Organizers for the event say that as many as 7,000 people will participate in the 1.3-mile prayer walk that will circle around A Preferred Women’s Health Center of Charlotte.

The prayer walk is the culmination of a 40-week “Journey of Hope” campaign where more than 100 area churches marched in prayer walks around the clinic. Pastors also preached on some Sunday mornings at the clinic and participants fasted in prayer on Wednesdays.

“The great thing about this is it is not a single event. It is week after week of churches coming together in the public square,” Love Life Charlotte founder and Charlotte-based businessman Justin Reeder told The Christian Post on Wednesday.

“That is not happening for the most part anywhere across denominational lines. They are not coming to see a headline speaker or a band, they are going to a dark place in our city that for the most part, nobody was going to for years. It’s John 17 being played out in our city week after week.”

Reeder said in the two years since the organization launched, it has helped some 800 families reconsider their plans for abortion.

“Our frontlines ministry teams were there to counsel them and get them on the mobile unit and show them a free ultrasound and connect them with mentors and getting them connected to our partner churches,” Reeder said.

Reeder, the Benham brothers, sons of Pastor Flip Benham, and other local pastors and business leaders will speak at Saturday’s prayer walk.

“We got Episcopalians standing arm-in-arm with Baptists, who are next to charismatics, who are next to Presbyterians,” Benham said. “Just hearing these pastors talk about the incredible unity that we have had is very humbling.”

Am happy this is turning up to be a movement especially from the church. May God see the movement through and produce positive results. 

Source: Christian Headlines