Pastor: ‘Wimpy’ won’t cut it in culture war

A respected Southern Baptist pastor and author says “wimpy” pastors and laypersons are the reason Christians are losing the culture war.

Why are many Christian leaders silent when religious freedom comes under attack? That question was raised Tuesday evening by Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly and posed to Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas and author of How Can I Know: Answers to Life’s 7 Most Important Questions.

“I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus,” Jeffress replied when asked the question. “They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial. The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it.”

The Dallas pastor chastised pastors who shy away from controversy.

Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians — and that is why we are losing this culture war,” he emphasized.

“I believe it’s time for pastors to say, You know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.”

Jeffress — who also reprimanded school districts and elected officials for caving in — contends secularists are going to take over if pastors and Christians continue to refuse to stand up and wage the necessary battle to secure their constitutional rights.

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  • Cliff December 20, 2012 Reply

    There’s some truth in what Dr. Jeffress is saying: we cannot bow to the counterfeit gods of cultural expectations or demands. And we should never compromise Biblical truth for the sake of larger church numbers, or bigger offerings, or personal comfort.

    However…what good is it if we win the whole “culture war” and lose the souls of people? Winning the culture war is not the same as making disciples for Jesus Christ. I fear the church is losing its focus when we are more concerned about our rights than our mission. Don’t get me wrong–I see our freedoms in America as a huge blessing, and I am immensely grateful for them. Yet if losing my rights results in a clearer message in the culture about Christ, and genuine conversions, then so be it. I think our brothers and sisters in China probably understand this better than we do.

    I’d also challenge Dr. Jeffress’ comment that Jesus was crucified by the secular culture of his time. Yes, Jesus confronted the power and greed of the Roman empire. Yet it was the religious culture that Jesus most often confronted. Pilate actually was looking for a way to release Jesus, but it was the religious culture and leaders that insisted Jesus be crucified.

  • Bumble December 20, 2012 Reply

    Jesus didn’t die for His constitutional right. Why should we?

    • Roger December 21, 2012 Reply

      Homosexuality, homosexual marriage are not constitutional rights. They are sin and clear Biblical issues.

  • Bob December 23, 2012 Reply

    Roger wrote:
    > “Homosexuality, homosexual marriage are not
    > constitutional rights. They are sin and
    > clear Biblical issues.”

    Thats fine but who appointed you the bible policeman? Where do you get off acting as the savior instead of the one being saved by Jesus? Who do you think you are???

  • Steve Miller December 27, 2012 Reply

    Jesus called us to sacrifice our rights if it would work to extend the influence of the Kingdom. If my rights blocks God’s Kingdom, then by all means trample my rights!

    Christ did not call us to be doormats and jettison all of our rights, all of our cultural influence, all of our desire for fair treatment, morality, or justice. It is always a matter of priorities. My rights are good and find and should be respected until they bump up against God’s desire to be glorified and for a sinful world to know Christ; often this requires Christians to suffer, to be persecuted and to forgo their rights for mercy and grace to be born into a sinful situation. It isn’t a matter of personal rights as much as observing Kingdom priorities.

  • Fred December 28, 2012 Reply

    Wimpy isn’t good, but macho and tough is many times worse. Why can’t we just be normal.

  • jack January 17, 2013 Reply

    Easy for him to say. He’s already the pastor of a big church & I’m sure he’s financially set for life. I agree. Jesus wasn’t a wimpy guy – he was all man. But this emphasis on excessive machoism doesn’t work either.

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