FAKE NEWS IN THE AMERICAN PULPIT
By Mario Murillo
Recently a man of God came to me in the same way that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. I am not Jesus and the subject matter was not about rebirth. The similarity had to do with the fact that wanted to ask me something in private that he did not want to discuss publicly.
He asked me: “Mario, there are many of us who know that you are right about what Obama, [who, by the way, is still working his mischief], the media, and our government is doing to the nation and the church. But we know that speaking out will cost us tithing members and our nonprofit status.”
“How do you feel about your silence?” I asked. “I feel sick” he said. “How sick?” I replied. He did not answer but the pain in his eyes showed his deep turmoil. This is a good man who sincerely wants to do what is right.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King
That is who I am appealing to in this blog. Sincere preachers who honestly do not know how to preach true and urgent messages. By no means am I going to waste time attacking any pastor who has sold out completely to this culture. That would be an entirely different blog.
So, I said, “you have no choice, you must speak out.” Then I proceeded to make my points. I began by getting his attention. “If what you say to your people every Sunday denies the crisis—provides no positive and practical instruction to combat it—then you are preaching fake news.” Here are my points:
A man or woman of honor will never withhold truth because of personal consequence. Claire Delacroix said, “No man of honor avoided what needed to be done, simply because it might not proceed in his favor.” Honor has become cheap. Honor is not hospitality or flattery. It means courage and loyalty to the truth in the face of great personal cost.
Preaching must proceed from the things that are important to God and not the audience. There are issues that are urgent to Him. He must see that you are willing to discern what is important enough to address. How can you expect God to speak to you if He already knows you are going to run His Word through the filter of political correctness?
In your silence you are taking other people down with you. Does it ever dawn on a preacher that he is actually damaging his audience when he only says what they want to hear? He is not leading them forward; he is not improving their condition or alerting them to danger.
The decision to do this can be because the preacher has given into fear and no longer believes that God can change society so the best he can do is mouth soothing words. David faced the temptation to speak out of defeatism. In Psalm 73:15 He says, “If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people.”
There is still time to save the country. This is the biggest reason to speak out. The ongoing destruction of freedom of speech and of religion has happened because God haters marketed a great lie to the masses. That lie is wearing thin and slowing down the takeover of our freedoms. Now is the time to hold their feet to the fire. We have not yet been driven underground. We are not yet being forced to draw fish symbols in the dirt or huddle in catacombs.
Sorry if you don’t think so, but Trump is a merciful reprieve. He is flawed as any leader is flawed but he is standing for issues that matter to you and me…especially the Supreme Court!
How can we dare to ignore this opportunity to speak out?
The pulpit is responsible is responsible for more of what’s wrong in our culture that we want to admit. Charles Finney blamed the pulpit first! There should have been a verbal firewall and there wasn’t. We should have made the case for marriage and the unborn with greater force. We didn’t.
Finally: What makes our silence even more embarrassing is that many preachers refuse to preach the truth their people want to hear. Audiences are ready to listen to common sense preaching. We must seize the moment. Jesus said I John 9:4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
You should never speak out on certain controversial issue unless the Spirit of God compels you but you are asking too much when you say that God has not moved your heart to speak out about our government’s overreach and persecution of Christians. Oh and by the way, the IRS does not want to enforce the 501C3 Johnson amendment on Churches because they know it will lose in the Supreme Court. SPEAK OUT!