Skip to comments.Two Big-Name Evangelical Pastors Do Not Endorse Minnesota Marriage Amendment
Posted on 06/23/2012 9:23:12 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
Minister, theologian, speaker, and author John Piper came out against gay marriage during a sermon Sunday but did not explicitly urge members of his Minneapolis church to vote for the amendment.
Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals and who served as senior pastor of Wooddale Church, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from 1977 to 2011 also said this week he does not plan to take a public side on the amendment, which would change the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Religious observers say the lack of formal backing from the two influential figures could signal that evangelical leaders in Minnesota are taking a less active role in supporting the amendment a marked departure from evangelicals in dozens of other states where similar amendments have passed.
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I do not care if pastors IE leaders of the flock, take a political view what I care about is that so many have stopped teaching/preaching basic Biblical concepts and instead preach feel good theology.
I do not beleive that churches should should receive tax exempt status because then pastors hold back what they should be teaching, they are/can be afraid.
Ok, enough of a rant.
This has been debunked. Piper has not opted out.
since before LBJ was elected President the law has been such that the IRS now has authority granted to harass—or even seize church assets under the misguided notion that separation of church and state requires any church receiving 501C3 tax exempt status may not speak on political issues from the pulpit— despite the several infringements of this supposed law by the progressive Democratic Party,and churches they frequent. Yet if one studies the Political Sermons of the American Founding Era -and compares them to what First chief Justice John Jay wrote to Rev.Dr.Morse ,1 Jan.1813 I can only conclude that Piper and others reflect well on John Jay’s commentary. The notion that a Pastor can/or ought tell his congregants how to vote seems ignorance personified. For the Pastor ought present the facts ,as he understands them to be and allow the free will of the congregation be manifest. If a man or woman partakes of the Holy Communion dishonestly then the Pastor is accounted for his role in that. But the Christian is not some blind automotron enslaved by any Pastor.But the Christian ought not violate the principles of Christianity lightly.
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