Pastors Network: Biblical Truth is Bold, Clear, and Needed Now More than Ever

Philadelphia, PA—Earlier this week, Russell Moore, leader of the Southern Baptist Convention told the Wall Street Journal that it’s time for Christians to tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray, citing a “visceral recoil” among younger evangelicals to the culture wars.

“We are involved in the political process, but we must always be wary of being co-opted by it,” Moore said in the interview. “Christianity thrives when it is clearest about what distinguishes it from the outside culture.”

The Biblical command for Christians to be ‘salt and light’ demands an active involvement in the culture says the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network (PPN—www.papastors.net). In fact, those who hold to a defined Biblical worldview  simply can’t separate themselves from culture.

“Holding to a true biblical worldview means viewing life and culture through the eyes of a Holy God – loving but just. A true biblical worldview recognizes the necessity to respond to all cultural issues including  same-sex marriage and the homosexual lifestyle that violate Biblical Truth,” said Sam Rohrer, president of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network and the newly formed American Pastors’ Network. “Biblical Truth recognizes God’s standards for individuals, families and society and exalts and defends them against all efforts to replace or weaken God’s standards. Now while some may disagree, Christ said that it is the “truth (of God’s Word) that sets one free”.  Christ went on to demonstrate that He loved every individual – regardless of their sin – so much that He willingly gave His life so we could be redeemed. But, He never compromised or lowered his holy standards. No person ever demonstrates true love by withholding the Truth of God’s word – on any issue, including sexuality and marriage.”

In June, when the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Russell Moore responded by sending a flier that read “Love your gay and lesbian neighbors” to the convention’s estimated 45,000 churches. “They aren’t part of an evil conspiracy,” he stated, adding that marriages is a bond between a man and a woman, but shouldn’t be seen as a culture war political issue.

“Where most early Americans knew and respected biblical ideals and principles, most Christians today are ignorant of the biblical roots and the worldview that underpinned our laws and assured our freedom. They certainly cannot articulate Truth they do not know and which our Post-modern culture has repudiated.” said Rohrer, a former Pennsylvania State House Representative for eighteen years. “The American Pastor’s Network and our state affiliates seek to identify and equip pastors to hold fast to the authority of Scripture, and engage the culture with the Truth by first re-instilling Biblical standards within the evangelical churches in America, not encouraging an alignment with disintegrating cultural standards.”

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The mission of American Pastors’ Network is to identify, encourage, equip, educate and network pastors and church members to ‘Stand in the Gap for Truth” across the nation. APN provides Bible-based and Constitutionally-consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy. The group is the largest national network of pastors who believe in the authority of Scripture, who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a Biblical Worldview to public policy, and who are building a permanent infrastructure of Biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders and mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process.

For more information about Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network visit www.papastors.net. For more on the American Pastors’ Network, visit www.americanpastorsnetwork.net.

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To schedule interviews with Sam Rohrer of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network and American Pastors Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

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