By Brannon Howse
Among “we the people,” there is one group which I think bears a special responsibility for the present state of our nation. Most of America’s pastors have been virtually missing in action for years on substantive political issues. By contrast, pastors and religious leaders of the Founders’ day preached not only the salvation message but also exhorted their congregations on the biblical response to the issues, whether it be slavery, gambling, drunkenness, voter participation, the biblical responsibilities of an elected official-including the type of judges we put into power-or the appropriate consequences for ungodly elected officials.
While America has pastors, and religious leaders who stand tall, they are much too few and far between. The typical pastor in America today is liberal or leaning-liberal in their theology and politics. Even those who maintain a sound theology often are ignorant of how to apply biblical principles to the issues we face.
Many pastors do not realize the phrase “separation of church and state” is not found in the Constitution. They know next to nothing about our nation’s founding and little of substance about the Christian worldview and how it applies to law, government, economics, education, and sociology. They do not recognize the threat of worldviews that compete with Christianity and that are stealing the souls of adults and young people alike in their churches. In many cases, these pastors not only have bought the “separation lie” but like doing so because accepting the lie makes life easier for them. They justify believing it by accepting the equally false notion of a dividing line between the “secular” and the “sacred.” This way, pastors and religious leaders don’t have to address topics in church that require them to pick a side instead of riding the fence. Most prefer this fence ride because it allows them to keep everybody happy while they fill pews and offering plates and build multimillion dollar churches as monuments to themselves and their success.
The problem fence-sitters try desperately to avoid is that as soon as a pastor embraces and practices a thoroughly biblical worldview that pastor is asking for controversy. Such a pastor must be willing to confront abortion, secular humanism in America’s schools, and other controversial topics in sermons. Any firm stand is sure to offend a certain percentage of church members, who will simply take their money elsewhere and tell their friends about the narrow-minded church they just left.
This potential loss of a “paying customer” terrifies many church leaders. And if you don’t think the majority of America’s churches are run like businesses seeking to outdo the competition in order to garner more patrons, then walk the aisle of a Christian bookstore. Read the titles and back covers of the latest church growth propaganda, and a fairly clear picture will emerge. It’s not pretty.
Because they are “up front,” pastors are especially vulnerable but also especially responsible. A Christian worldview that acknowledges good and evil, right and wrong, and rejects our culture’s worship at the new altar of tolerance, political correctness, moral relativism, and the New Age that says “all ways lead to God” will make waves.
Unfortunately, timid, feminized pastors are neither new nor uniquely American. Aside from a few German church leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed in a Nazi concentration camp, the majority of pastors in World War II-era Germany did not have the courage of their convictions and did nothing to stop Adolph Hitler’s murderous regime. The lesson, I believe, is that, aside from a handful of courageous pastors, most American church leaders will “go along to get along” right up until the day they find the doors to their churches chained and locked.
Why do I think the majority of America’s Christian leaders are now more like castrated sheep than strong shepherds? Consider this: The Barna Research Group surveyed America’s pastors and found “that only half of the country’s Protestant pastors-51 percent-have a biblical worldview. Defining such a worldview as believing that absolute moral truth exists, that it is based upon the Bible, and having a biblical view on six core beliefs (the accuracy of biblical teaching, the sinless nature of Jesus, the literal existence of Satan, the omnipotence and omniscience of God, salvation by grace alone, and the personal responsibility to evangelize).”61
It’s little wonder pastors are off base in their worldviews since most have been trained in institutions also stumbling toward liberalism. Aside from a few that still stand firm, America’s Bible colleges and seminaries have been hijacked by religious liberals who themselves doubt America’s godly heritage.
Many professors at our “Christian” colleges and universities are hostile to biblical faith even though the institutions in which they teach retain a Christian facade. They attack the authority and inerrancy of the Bible; they question the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ, His deity, His virgin birth; they take Bible verses out of context, and they completely ignore verses that call into question their preferred religion of tolerance, political correctness, and New Age spirituality.
What can you do about this issue? If you’re attending a church whose pastor would rather hide behind the “separation lie” than to face the implications of the real truth, then your part in solving our national crisis is to find another church.
Brannon’s New Book: Religious Trojan Horse
‘Certain Men Have Crept in Unnoticed’
Brannon Howse echoes the warning of Jude 3 as urgent now as the day Jude first wrote the words almost 20 centuries ago. Godless worldviews have been eroding Europe’s and America’s Judeo-Christian heritage for years, but now the problem has taken a dire turn for the worse. While false teachers have been around since biblical times, infiltration of the church has increased alarmingly, just as Jesus predicted in Matthew 24.
Well known evangelical and pro-family leaders have joined in events, alliances, and common causes with a shocking array of unbiblical partners. As a result, many contemporary “Christian” leaders embrace and encourage the false Jesus and false gospels of Mormonism, the New Age Movement, Roman Catholicism, Word of Faith teachers, the New Apostolic Reformation, Eastern Mysticism, and the spiritual left.
Our bitterest philosophical enemies have made it past the gatekeepers of both mainstream and evangelical Christian thought, and anti-Christian worldviews have assembled within the walls of our churches. As a result, hostile forces wreak havoc in the minds and hearts of believers who are caught unaware.
In Religious Trojan Horse, Brannon exposes the outrageous breach of integrity in the Church, compromised by popular and dangerous teachings that are anything but scriptural. With thorough and precise documentation of every claim and accusation, Brannon shows exactly who is to blame and how. In this book, you’ll discover:
- How the philosophy and eschatology of false religions have infiltrated evangelicalism;
- The saboteurs who have convinced 21st century evangelicals to embrace and promote heresies of the social gospel, dominion theology, ecumenicalism, mysticism, social justice, and communitarianism;
- The real and present danger that a false church has brought “soft” persecution to biblically committed Christians-with worse to follow;
- The potential for an apostate Church to become the catalyst for the coming New World Order;
- How the Harlot Church of Revelation 17 will do the bidding of a one-world leader;
- The threat that mainstreaming a blend of “signs and wonders” with mystical “Christianity” has already conditioned unaware sheeple to accept a one-world leader;
- That the pro-family “industry” and its “culture war” have been an easy mark for infiltration by enemies of the Gospel;
- How Rick Warren, Tony Blair, Joel Osteen, C. Peter Wagner, Glenn Beck, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Rockefellers, Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner, Peter Drucker, Jim Wallis, Tony Compolo, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, and others have assisted in building the religious Trojan horse.
Brannon explains how the world’s religions are converging through a syncretism now supported by evangelicals. His revelations will shock you at first. Then you’ll likely be tempted to despair. And make no mistake, the situation is grim. Yet Brannon offers hope simply by opening your eyes to what is happening and what still can be done. He charts the path on which we can return to truly biblical teaching, preaching, and raising of our children.
“Certain men” are indeed creeping in unnoticed, but God is still in charge-and working decisively through those who will not exchange any of the truth for a lie. Religious Trojan Horse will help you become one of the ones stand against the invaders.