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Here’s a conundrum:
According to a new report released by the Barna Group, 9 out of 10 Christian pastors say “helping Christians have biblical beliefs about specific issues is a major part of their role as clergy.”
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Yet half feel they can’t. According to the study, they feel “limited in their ability to speak out by concerns they will offend people.” Specifically, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion and sexual morality.
Translation: They know their responsibility as a pastor to speak truth and help those they pastor embrace and embody that truth, but the risk of offense silences their voice.
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Friends, it’s time to reclaim the prophetic mantle.
Biblically, there are three primary voices you can use when speaking into culture: the prophetic, the evangelistic and the heretical.
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The prophetic voice, such as Jeremiah’s, was clear in its denunciations and warnings. The prophetic voice is an admonishing one, a “thou shalt not,” a clarion call to turn to God and get right with God.
No, it is not a popular voice for culture to hear. But it is an important one.
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The second voice is the evangelistic voice. It is the voice attempting to build bridges across cultural divides, to explain things, to make apologetic cases. The evangelistic voice is focused on calling people into a relationship with Christ as Forgiver and Leader. It’s more invitation than admonishment.
The final voice is the heretical voice. Heretical voices in the Bible are never celebrated, but they are noted as existing. This is the voice that not only speaks against the gospel but, more specifically, attempts to distort the very content of the gospel in its presentation to culture.
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In light of these voices, there are three ways we’re failing to speak effectively into culture.
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The first is speaking the prophetic voice without the evangelistic voice. That comes across as just judgmental and...
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