Jesus said, “See to it that no one misleads you.” (Matt 24:4) This caution by Christ rings strongly for the church today.
The culture is challenging the church to capitulate to a neo-morality designed and defined by secular progressives and the agenda of the LGBTQ+P community. This new morality is being forced on our culture through the redefinition of marriage, reassigning gender, and normalizing transsexualism, pederasty, and pedophilia.
The culture in America amazingly has embraced this new morality. It has legitimized the immoral by legalizing same-sex marriage and creating laws that open showers and bathrooms to gender-confused individuals. The culture allows gender-confused boys and men to compete with girls and women in sporting events — all to promote political correctness while destroying traditional values. Our morality has changed and is in flux across our beloved nation. The question is, where is the church amid these extraordinary moral shiftings and redefinitions?
The answer to that question is perhaps best seen in the failure of the church to effectively communicate God’s perspective on what is right and wrong, as represented in the Holy Bible.
The church is in the crossfire of liberal progressives’ ideology to force Christians to join them in establishing a godless morality in the culture. Unfortunately, far too many pastors feel pressured into joining and accepting the politically correct definition of morality or have been intimidated into silence on this massive cultural shift.
The Bible is replete with warnings for believers to be on the alert for adversaries of the faith who will challenge the authenticity of divine doctrines related to holy conduct, salvation, and what is morally right and morally wrong.
One such warning is in Colossians 2:8. “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
This warning and others have gone unheeded by spiritual leaders in the black church, specifically as it relates to how our community votes. Over 90 percent of blacks vote for the political party that pushes pagan practices and laws into the public square. When one examines the godless legislation and policies forced into the culture by elected officials and supported by the black church, it is apparent that the moral condition of the church lacks spiritual potency.
An example of this was recently displayed in North Carolina on December 1, 2019, at Greenleaf Christian Church, pastored by William J. Barber. Pete Buttigieg, Democratic candidate for president and openly gay, attended and partook in their communion service. After services, Barber said this to members: “If you are authentically Christian, you have to be open and affirming” of his gay lifestyle [emphasis added].
Buttigieg announced at his official entry into the Democratic race for president that he was gay and married to a man. He also declared that God made him homosexual. Clearly, this is blasphemous and contradicts the explicit biblical teaching against homosexuality and sodomy. To announce that God made him a homosexual makes God a hypocrite. Why would God condemn the practice of homosexuality when He is responsible for their sexuality?
Pete Buttigieg challenged authentic biblical Christianity based on the new morality defined by political correctness advocated by secular humanists and the LGBTQ+P agenda.
The church in the black community has succumbed to the deceptive ploys and allurements of this political correctness agenda. Through infiltration and false prophets deceiving and being deceived, the black church, as a pawn, is manipulated into supporting an anti-God agenda. The warning of Christ resounds strongly for true believers. “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:11)
Religion News Service reported that Barber reminded his members that “many of their heroes, including poet and novelist Langston Hughes, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and civil rights strategist Bayard Rustin, also had same-sex attraction.” Rather than pointing his congregation to what the Bible says about homosexuals, he points to black artists who lived sinful lives to justify Pete Buttigieg’s immoral and anti-God lifestyle. Barber positioned political correctness above biblical correctness.
The Apostle Paul asks a question that is appropriate for the black church today. “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you…” The word bewitched in the Greek is baskaino, which means to beguile, to cast a spell on, cunningly deceive. The meaning is reflective of what’s happening to the black church. The answer to Paul’s question, “who has bewitched you,” is false preachers and deceiving black elected officials who are leading our community to stand against God!
Stephen E. Broden is the senior pastor at Fair Park Bible Fellowship, founder of Protect Life and Marriage Texas, and member of the National Black Prolife Coalition. He is the chairman of the Gone 2 Far Movement.
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