American Pastors Network: Many Will be Shocked at What God’s Word Says About Immigration and Borders

Borders and immigration are the top issues across the country right now, and Americans are viewing the headlines from moral, political, constitutional, humanitarian, financial and defensive perspectives.

The American Pastors Network (APN), however, says the answers to these hot-button issues are found in God’s unchanging Word—the Bible.

APN President Sam Rohrer has shared insight about the biblical guidance available on border security and immigration on the APN daily 60-second radio feature, “Stand in the Gap Minute,” heard on hundreds of stations nationwide. Rohrer and his radio co-hosts also frequently explore immigration and how it relates to both the Bible and the Constitution on the daily, live, one-hour radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today.”

“Immigration and border control issues dominate our news and divide our nation, but God is not divided nor is He confused on this or any issue—and we should not be either,” Rohrer says. “In fact, there are clear, biblical principles on why no one should be confused about God’s position on immigration and borders.”

In Acts 17:26, for example, Paul says that God established nations and borders. Daniel 2 says God raises up leaders and nations, and He puts them down.

“Without borders there’s no order, no law, no justice,” Rohrer adds. “Without borders, God’s promise to bless the nation whose God is the Lord could never occur. God’s plan of redemption revolves around nations. In time, God will judge all nations who reject Him. Is it any wonder that the coming antichrist and globalists demand open borders?”

If borders or walls are immoral—as even some religious leaders contend—then Nehemiah was wrong. And even more so, God Himself is wrong, because heaven has walls and gates, and Jesus says that whoever circumvents one gate and climbs in another way is a thief and robber.

“Borders are essential to nations,” Rohrer says. “In fact, the definition of nation includes a common language, a common view of God and common borders. God’s blessings and judgment are bestowed on individuals and nations. Therefore, borders and border control are essential to protect a nation’s citizens and should rise to the highest of concerns for those in civil authority.”

Additionally, the immigration controversy is not only political but moral. The Scripture passage most used to justify open borders and weak immigration policies is Leviticus 19:34, Rohrer says, where God commanded Israel to welcome the stranger or sojourner as one who’s native born.

“By itself,” Rohrer asserts, “this verse sounds compelling and unconditional, but it’s not. The Hebrew word for stranger in this text is ‘ger,’ and it means the immigrant wanting to assimilate—to embrace the God of Israel and their laws. King Solomon in II Chronicles 6:32 repeated this: ‘If a sojourner comes to the land ‘because of our God’ and prays in the temple … then welcome them in.’ To be welcome, immigrants must submit not rebel, fear God and not fight for atheism or Allah.”

The government has a unique duty to God and to the citizen—one might even call it a moral duty. Different from the Church’s duty to care for the sick and reach out to those who don’t yet know the God of heaven, government’s duty according to Romans 13 is to enact justice, enforce the law and protect the citizen.

“This is why God provided civil government with the sword of justice,” Rohrer says. “This is, in part, why we are to pray for those in authority—that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives and because they are accountable to God. God’s Word does hold all the answers about borders, immigration and much more, we just need to read God’s instruction for our lives and our nation, take them to heart and follow them.”

Additionally, Rohrer was featured in a commentary for Charisma News, which asked: “What Is the Truth Concerning Americans’ Wants and Needs for Immigration and Secure Borders?

Celebrating “National Marriage Week”-Making the Case for Marriage

To watch a KDOV interview with APN President, Sam Rohrer, about “God’s Plan for Marriage”, please click HERE.

Defending marriage between one man and one woman is easy, says the American Pastors Network (APN). Whether examined historically, physiologically, emotionally, economically or morally, biblical marriage is best. But the moral argument is strongest because it precedes and underpins the others, says APN President Sam Rohrer.

Leading up to National Marriage Week Feb. 7-14, Rohrer is sharing five principles of marriage on the daily, 60-second radio feature, “Stand in the Gap Minute,” which airs on more than 400 stations nationwide.

“Marriage has taken a beating in our culture over the past several years, but if we seek to honor God with our marriage, we must stay true to five principles of godly marriage,” Rohrer said. “Making the case for marriage is easy—if we fear God. No nation can be blessed by God without strong families. No family can be strong without strong marriages. No marriage can be strong without following God’s plan for marriage. And by the same token, strong marriages yield strong families, and strong families yield strong nations. At the American Pastors Network, we emphasize the authority of Scripture for deciding all issues, including marriage. And we urge pastors and parents to defend and live out God’s model in their pulpits and in their homes.”

Rohrer will share the following five principles about godly marriage this week on “Stand in the Gap Minute.”

PRINCIPLE #1: Marriage is God’s Model—Marriage is God’s idea. God’s plan is best because God alone is Truth, Creator and Judge. Our opinion doesn’t really matter. We have no vote, but we do have a choice. As the Source of all authority, God’s plan for male and female, marriage, human sexuality, children and family prevails. Only He has the right to legitimately define it and to demand that we observe it.

PRINCIPLE #2: Marriage is God’s Foundation for Society—Not only is marriage God’s idea, His plan establishes biblical marriage as foundational for strong families—the cornerstone of authority in human society. God’s foundation for societal order is upheld first by the pillar of family authority, then civil, then church authority, all nurtured by God’s purpose and limitation for each.

PRINCIPLE #3: Marriage is One Man-One Woman—God’s design for marriage presumes that one man and one woman—united and committed—will join as one flesh before God. No other combination works in God’s plan. Therefore, no government possesses the authority to legally alter or redefine marriage or family. It has no more moral or jurisdictional authority to redefine marriage than to declare invalid natural law, or declare moral such immoral actions as theft, murder or rape.

PRINCIPLE #4: Marriage Must be Kept Holy—To preserve the integrity of marriage and the family, it must be kept holy. No violation or variation of marriage or human sexuality, other than within the bounds of marriage between one man and one woman, is acceptable without bringing predictable consequences to individuals, communities and nations. Heterosexual infidelity, sex outside marriage, homosexuality or marriage between multiple men or woman all violate God’s order.

PRINCIPLE #5: Marriage is the Picture of Christ and the Church—God declares in Ephesians 5 that physical marriage between one man and one woman is holy and depicts the spiritual relationship between Christ and the Church. God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ is the picture of true love and unity between God and man. It’s why all efforts to redefine God’s design are direct attacks on God Himself, His plan of redemption and Jesus Christ.

National Marriage Week is a national observance that seeks to celebrate marriage in a non-commercial way around Valentine’s Day and serves as an ideal time to highlight the importance of marriage for individuals, families and the nation. The week was first observed in 2010 to encourage individual and group efforts to raise the issue of marriage to the national agenda and support marriages across the country.

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Helping Make Sense of a Complicated Economy Through ‘Money Mission Friday’ Radio Programs

January is Financial Wellness Month, and the American Pastors Network  has been helping faith-minded listeners think about their money in a godly way through its weekly “Money Mission Friday” radio programs.

To close out each week on “Stand in the Gap Today,” host and APN President Sam Rohrer, along with co-host Gary Dull, welcomes regular guest William Parker. He is an authority on Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI), a Kingdom Advisor, wealth manager and Principal of Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) with the website, www.BRIinvesting.com. Recent program titles have included: “Down But Not Necessarily Out,” “Understanding the Debt Trap” and “The Case for Cash.”

“No matter how you look at today’s financial and economic news, analysis is hard, and predictions are even harder but ignoring the news is disastrous,” Rohrer said. “That is why we not only highlight the major economic issues but uncover the underlying principles and connect them to corresponding biblical principles each week on ‘Money Mission Friday.’ We believe these programs are answering key questions not only from an economic perspective but providing analysis regarding biblical stewardship of finances, saving, spending and Biblically Responsible Investing.”

Economic matters, Rohrer added, impact everyone, and are a major factor in all areas including foreign policy, war and peace, market fluctuations, national security, oil prices, energy dependence and much more.

“The main fact to keep in mind is that it all belongs to God,” Rohrer said. “We might think it all belongs to us because our name is on the account. But is it really ours? What does the Bible say about money? Actually, a great deal—about wealth, ownership of that wealth and the duty to use it properly. The Bible also speaks about investing, looking ahead and laying up treasure—not here on Earth but in Heaven. There are duties, of course, to our families and children here, but there’s an emphasis on the eternal. At the same time, God promises blessings to those people and those nations who follow God’s commands and fear and trust in Him.”

Money Mission Friday programs, as well as others from throughout the week, can be found HERE.

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Tom Meyer and Lansdale Borough Council Approved Drag Queen ‘Annie Christ’ to Deliver Children’s Story Hour at Lansdale Public Library

Drag Queen “Annie Christ,” who dons satanic symbols and performs lewd sexually charged nightclub shows (see video here), is scheduled to be at the Lansdale Public Library this Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to present “Drag Queen Story Time” to children.

Tom Meyer, the director of the Lansdale Library, approved Annie Christ to present the story hour to children. Meyer and others on the Lansdale Library Board of Directors researched the drag queen’s background and still agreed to allow Annie Christ to perform, even though his sexually explicit and offensive video is featured on YouTube.com. Meyer also stated he was receiving many phone calls, emails and Facebook posts protesting the event and would consider canceling it.

Taxpayers who fund the library are urging Meyer and all elected borough officials to cancel the drag queen story hour. The library reserves the right to cancel the event and the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN,www.papastors.netExecutive Director Gary Dull says it is in the best interest of the public, children and taxpayers to do so.

Parents and concerned community members have been protesting these organized activities at libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and New York, according to The Christian Post.

Concerns have been heightened in Pennsylvania, as three drag queen story hours have already occurred this month, notes the Pennsylvania Pastors Networka state chapter of the American Pastors Network (APN).In addition to the library event in Lansdale, another is slated for Feb. 9 at Exeter Community Library in Reading.

“This toxic spread of a damaging agenda has come to Pennsylvania and is targeting our children,” said Dull, who also serves as pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Altoona. “Where is the common sense in this? With the serious problems that children in this generation are experiencing—drug use, high-anxiety, suicide and depression—why would parents and elected officials willingly put children in front of a drag queen to confuse them even more? This should be a matter of grave concern for every person who cares about children. The LGBTQ agenda demands dominance and wants to silence those who would dare speak out on cultural issues. The public library is not a place for activism, and a children’s story hour certainly isn’t the place to push a confusing message delivered by a confused individual. The fact that we have even been forced to address such a matter as a story time for children provided by men dressed in drag is a tragic commentary on our culture. We pray for clarity, truth and the protection of children in this dire situation.”

The Pennsylvania Pastors Network urges people to take action:

1. Sign this “Petition To Stop Lansdale Drag Queen Story Hour”—https://bit.ly/2MFfPtV

2. Log on to the Lansdale Public Library Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lansdalelibrary

3. Write a review and let them know how you feel about the Drag Queen event where it says, “Do you recommend Lansdale Public Library?” PPN urges those who post to speak truth in love.

4. Call the library: 215-855-3228. Tell them calmly you do not approve of this Drag Queen event and that you demand them to cancel it. Also, call the Library Board of Directors: 215-368-1691.

5. Email the Tom Meyer, Library Director: director@lansdalelibrary.organd email the Children’s Librarian: children@lansdalelibrary.org

6.  Contact the Lansdale Elected Officials, including the mayor: http://www.lansdale.org/606/Elected-Officials

Lansdale Library’s Board of Directors is made up of the same elected officials as Lansdale Borough Council:

Garry Herbert: mayor@lansdale.org

John J. Ernst: Jernst@lansdale.org – Borough Manager

Mary Fuller: mfuller@lansdale.org – President

Denton Burnell: dburnell@lansdale.org – Vice President

Rich Digregorio: rdigregorio@lansdale.org – Treasurer

Stacey Maile: smaile@lansdale.org – Secretary

Leon Angelichio: langelichio@lansdale.org

BJ Breish: bbreish@lansdale.org

Carrie Hawkins Charlton: chawkins@lansdale.org

Bill Henning: bhenning@lansdale.org

Tom Work: twork@lansdale.org

Jack Hansen: jhansen@lansdale.org

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Repealing Johnson Amendment Would Challenge Pastors to Preach All of God’s Word

Renewed efforts are underway in 2019 to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, such as churches, from participating in politics. Pastors have argued this limits their free speech and that their congregations depend on them for biblical voting guidance.

Just before Christmas, the House of Representatives passed a year-end tax package that would repeal the Johnson Amendment. It’s now the Senate’s turn to act on the measure.

APN says a repeal would mean freedom to the pulpit and the pews.

“Pastors’ voices had been silent on the most important cultural, societal and political issues of our time,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, “because of a fear of repercussions stemming from the Johnson Amendment.”

A repeal, he said, would return decades of freedom to churches and enables pastors to freely speak truth about social issues from the pulpit. But striking down the law would not remedy all the issues in today’s church, Rohrer added.

“It does not completely solve why pastors have not been preaching the whole counsel of God,” he said. “The path to freedom may have been paved, but it’s now up to pastors and churches to begin preaching boldly. For some, the Johnson Amendment has been a convenient excuse to shy away from the tough issues. The challenge before the pulpit has always been fear, and that’s the challenge of any leader. The Johnson Amendment has been the fear factor.”

To watch an interview by Sam Rohrer on KDOV TV with Perry Atkinson on this topic, please click HERE.

American Pastors Network: Thankful for God’s Blessings, Impact on APN, Pastors and Church Over Past Five Years

Many have heard the phrase, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.” But for the past five years, God seems to be opening door after door for the American Pastors Network , as the nation’s influential resource for pastors and church leaders celebrates five years.

“Each day last week, it was a privilege to welcome guests to our ‘Stand in the Gap Today’ radio program who have been a part of the ministry’s success as we reflect on God’s many provisions and blessings over these past five years,” said APN President and radio and television host Sam Rohrer. “It has been gratifying and humbling to look back on this time and realize all God has accomplished through the American Pastors Network. We are ever mindful that this ministry belongs to God; it does not belong to us, we only lead and steward it. An attitude of genuine thankfulness is necessary for God’s continued blessing—it is an act of worship. We take to heart that God commands His leaders to rehearse what God has done to those within their sphere of influence so that our listeners and viewers know our heart and are open to God’s leading to walk along with us in their prayers, finances and time.”

The latest door to be opened in 2018 was APN’s new “Stand in the Gap” television program, which considers transcending cultural issues, seemingly difficult to navigate, from a biblical worldview perspective. “Stand in the Gap TV” airs on several networks, including WBPH in Philadelphia, VCY-TV in Milwaukee and Upliftv nationally.

“While bringing clarity to cultural confusion and making sense of the nonsense around us, ‘Stand in the Gap TV’ focuses on root problems and applies biblical principles so God’s people can know the truth,” Rohrer said. “And, praise God, more than 27 million households have access to this program—in fewer than six months!”

For the weekly, half-hour program, Rohrer and co-host and millennial pastor Isaac Crockett routinely welcome expert guests to lend insight into topics such as: gun control, immigration, opioid addiction, race relations, Israel, Islam, marriage, voting and more.

The “Stand in the Gap” radio ministry includes the 60-second “Stand in the Gap Minute” radio feature, which airs on 375 stations, and “Stand in the Gap Today,” which airs on 475 stations and is co-hosted by APNleaders Gary Dull and Dave Kistler, who both serve as presidents of APN state chapters. Additionally, “Stand in the Gap Weekend” re-airs the most engaging segments from the previous week on about 240 stations.

Rohrer added that many have remarked to APN how the lineup of programming has impacted their lives—and their faith.

Thank you for what you are doing,” wrote one listener. “I meet so many people who listen to your ‘Stand in the Gap’ radio programs and I regularly tell others. We’re all in agreement that this is the miraculous hand of God at work! Praise God for doing the seemingly impossible!”

Another listener in Pennsylvania echoed these sentiments.

“Keep up the wonderful work you are doing in the name of Christ. May God richly bless you and enlarge your territory. As a former teacher, I am distressed at the extreme ignorance of our people—both Christian and non-Christian. The inability to think critically is being perpetuated by our colleges, schools and individuals. This nation does not realize it is not politics but a great spiritual battle taking place. Praise God we know who is really in charge.”

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American Pastors Network Calling for a National Day of Prayer for the Elections on October 30

Christians around the nation know the importance of the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Many also realize the country was granted a window of reprieve—and that window may be closing.

American Pastors Network leaders, President Sam Rohrer and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, Dr. Gary Dull, have called for a “National Day of Prayer for the Elections” on Oct. 30. They along with co-host Dave Kistler made the call last week on APN’s popular daily radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today,” which airs on 425 stations.

“After this announcement was made on the radio program,” Dull said, “many people called in to voice their support and say they would also be on their knees October 30 for the outcome of these elections.Personally, I am burdened about this, particularly since we’ve heard of evangelical pastors who are traveling to 30 cities in 10 states to tell Christians to vote Democrat,” Dull said. “This is a very serious matter for our nation. I truly am praying God will use the American Pastors Network and ‘Stand in the Gap Today’ to make an impact.

“Too many Christians could be deceived into voting the wrong way biblically,” Dull added. “This is a Jude situation developing right in front of us—false teachers entering into our midst. As believers in Christ, we are compelled in the Scripture to pray for our nation, our government and those who are in authority according to 1 Timothy 2:1-7. Prayer truly enables us to see the work of God, and the more earnestly and specifically we pray, the more we will see God at work. The upcoming midterm elections may truly be the most serious midterms in America’s history, which is why all concerned believers across America should unite in serious prayer that God will put into office those who will stand for biblical principles in all of their governance.”

At stake specifically, say the pastors network leaders, are many biblical principles, including but not limited to the following, which may also guide Christians’ prayers:

  • Pro-life issues and the protection of the unborn
  • Freedom to practice faith
  • Selecting conservative and constitutional justices to the federal court system
  • A solid and protected national boarder
  • Support of the nation of Israel
  • Legal immigration
  • Pastors being free to preach the whole counsel of God without governmental threat
  • Having people in office who believe, understand and support the Judeo-Christian ethic upon which America was founded
  • A sound economy
  • Strong national defense
  • Integrity in government
  • A biblically sound approach to LGBTQ issues
  • Protecting the expression of God in the public square
  • Constitutional values with a strong emphasis on the Bill of Rights

Listen to the “Stand in the Gap Today” program segment when the prayer day was discussed here.

Dull pastors Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, Pennsylvania, which will host a special prayer service at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Dull is also encouraging other pastors to hold similar services in their churches, reserving the 7 o’clock hour to do so, with the hope that God will convict believers on the significance of voting.

“There is certainly a necessity to emphasize prayer for the election, while at the same time, emphasizing the need for spiritual awakening for the Church at large,” Rohrer said. “Exactly one week before Election Day will help focus and calibrate people’s thinking and energy—and we pray they will put that energy into going to the Lord on behalf of our country.”

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American Pastors Network Debuts New ‘Stand in the Gap’ Television Program Today on Upliftv

Beginning today, “Stand in the Gap” TV, which analyzes transcending cultural issues from a biblical worldview perspective and which most deem difficult to navigate, will air on Upliftv through DirecTV Channel 379, Frontier Communications, Buckeye Broadband, Consolidated Communications and Hotwire Communications. Learn more about Upliftv here.

“Our prayerful intent is that this program will bring clarity to cultural confusion and make sense of the nonsense around us,” said APN President and “Stand in the Gap” host Sam Rohrer. “‘Stand in the Gap’ TV focuses on root problems and applies biblical principles so God’s people can know the truth. God’s Word holds the answer to every issue. We believe that, and He does mean what He says. Each week, we’ll take the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, and present solutions and answers to the most controversial and complex issues of the day.”

“Stand in the Gap” TV will air at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and noon Thursdays on Upliftv, reaching a potential of 24 million households nationally.

In April, “Stand in the Gap” debuted Sunday afternoons on WBPH-TV60, a television station in the Philadelphia market that reaches a potential of 7 million viewers in the greater Philadelphia region by cable, DirecTV, Dish Network, off air antenna and online. The program airs on WBPH at 3 p.m. Sundays and is rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

“Stand in the Gap” TV also airs on WVCY-America TV 30 in the Milwaukee market. The show airs several times throughout the week in southeast Wisconsin on DirecTV Channel 30/950; Dish Channel 30/7707, cable, antenna and at vcyamerica.org/tv30.

Rohrer is a former businessman, 18-year Pennsylvania state legislator and candidate for governor. He is a regular guest on national radio and TV, speaking on a wide range of public policy issues including the biblical role of government, the dangers of Islam, the organized homosexual lobby and the defense of marriage.

Co-hosting with Rohrer is Isaac Crockett, pastor of Hamburg Bible Church. He has had the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S., preaching and teaching in hundreds of churches and Christian schools, as well as five foreign countries. Crockett has also worked as a social worker and substitute teacher.

 

Learn more about “Stand in the Gap” TV here or view a promo for the show here.

American Pastors Network: Kavanaugh Opposition Wants to Kill Process Like They Kill Unborn Babies

This week’s Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings have been called a “circus,” a “national disgrace” and something straight out of “The Twilight Zone.”

The deeply dramatic hearing and the accusations against Kavanaugh that go with it have deep ties to the pro-life/pro-abortion debate in America, says the American Pastors Network (APN). Many, adds APN President Sam Rohrer, fear—or, in some cases, hope—that Kavanaugh’s appointment to the SCOTUS bench could mean a reversal of the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America.

“These hearings and the consequences of them could have massive impact on the range of pro-life concerns in our United States,” Rohrer said. “For those who fear God and hold to the sacredness of life, we must understand that the current fight being waged by the opponents of Brett Kavanaugh is far less of an opposition to him as it is their consuming fear of losing the legal right to continuing to murder unborn babies.”

Rohrer added that pro-abortion supporters dread not having access to abortion-on-demand, in some cases, paid for with taxpayer dollars.

“Amid the circus and national disgrace of the Kavanaugh hearings, it’s become obvious that the Kavanaugh opposition seems to salivate over the prospects of killing justice generally and an orderly confirmation process specifically for Supreme Court Justices, as this opposition has defended and rejoiced over the killing of more than 60 million unborn babies in the past 45 years! After all, why not pursue the abortion of justice and the death of the process if you’re devoted to the abortion of millions of defenseless young lives?”

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American Pastors Network Helps Pastors Navigate the Challenge of ‘Preaching in Perilous Times’

Pastors can sometimes feel isolated, being just one among a flock with a specific set of responsibilities and concerns.

The American Pastors Network (APN) aims to alleviate some of these feelings of isolation by offering both in-person and virtual events where pastors can come together, gain insight from each other and share their ideas and experiences.

A recent APN conference call among pastors focused on the topic of “Preaching in Perilous Times,” and APN president Sam Rohrer says these types of gatherings help pastors to know there are others facing their same challenges.

“We were not only honored to host this pastors’ conference call aptly titled ‘Preaching in Perilous Times,’ but we as a pastors network take it seriously to enable pastors to lead their churches in the best way they possibly can, and this means by preaching the whole counsel of God and giving the people in the pews insight into how they can look at today’s issues from both a biblical and constitutional basis,” Rohrer said.

The call highlighted several pastors who are part of the network. Keith Wiebe, APN’s vice president of state chapter development, posed several questions and participants on the call were also able to interact during a time of Q&A. A few of the questions and answers from the call are highlighted below:

QUESTION: George Barna’s research tells us that just 30 percent of pastors actually believe in the absolute authority of Scripture. How has preaching changed over the past few years?

ANSWER: Gary Dull, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Altoona, Pa.: “God’s concept of preaching has never changed, God’s message to the preacher has never changed, but one of the things that concerns me is that down through the years, a lot of preaching has become what I refer to as a ‘cupcake’ sermon. In other words, preachers will preach that which looks good, sounds good, maybe even tastes good but it has very, very little spiritual nourishment. I’m very concerned about that because I think we need to do as Paul said—to preach good sound doctrine—and some of these ‘cupcake’ sermons today do not do that.”

Q: How has the audience changed? Have their expectations, needs and interests changed?

A: Dull: “The needs will never change from generation to generation because of the spiritual aspect of the individual’s life are all aboard in sin. We all need a Savior, and we all need to grow. I began pastoring in February of 1974, and when I started out, there was a lot of interest in sound doctrine from the pew. People wanted to know what the Bible really said, to understand the doctrine, who God is, what God expects and how God operates. What I have found down through the years is that people in the pew have gotten away from the desire to have sound doctrine preached to them. They’re more interested in having messages that teach them how to do this and how to do that. Those come by way of practical application, but if doctrine is not first of all established in their hearts and minds of people, then living is not going to be right.”

Q: What challenges are faced in training young preachers—shaping their thinking and molding their preaching?

A: Nathan Crockett, professor at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.: “When they come as freshmen, we’re amazed at … their lack of biblical understanding. I tell them to turn to a certain passage and they’re fumbling around, partly because they are used to the cell phone. Before you can preach God’s Word to others, you have to understand it yourself. They may be very familiar with the world in which they live, but they have to understand the world of the Bible and actually have biblical knowledge and understanding to be able to get that information to the audience they’re preaching to.”

Q: Describe the preaching burden God has given you for a multiethnic, multicultural setting.

A: Joe Green, pastor of Antioch Assembly, Harrisburg, Pa.: “Our motto is to promote and protect the image of God. I believe that that’s our calling and the church’s calling as a whole. As we examine the image and the likeness of God, which we are made in, I look at the trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, which includes unity in the midst of diversity. I’m always careful to mention unity in the midst of diversity and not unity in spite of diversity, because a lot of times when we come together from a multicultural perspective, we want to take the person out of their cultural experience and background and make them more like us.”

Q: Why are messages on a biblical worldview important to address from the pulpit?

A: Mike Frazier, pastor of Canton Baptist Temple, Canton, Ohio: “I think in churches across America, there’s a little bit of a disconnect between what I would call ‘Sunday Christianity’ and then their weekly Christianity. They might affirm a way of believing on Sunday but then often their lives do not reflect that biblical understanding throughout the rest of the week. I felt it very critical to deal with the subject of having a biblical worldview. I dealt with the importance of it and how to cultivate a biblical mindset. We talked about how a biblical worldview all begins in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2 and how a biblical worldview helps you to understand the mess we’re in today all across America and in the world. We also talked about a biblical worldview and how it pertains to salvation. That’s where it all begins and how a is person saved—how really thinking biblically sets us apart from the rest of the world. It was Jesus who said in John 17:17: ‘Sanctify them through thy truth.’ The idea of sanctifying is to set apart, to distinguish. If we can get our people to think biblically, we can get them to live biblically. If I can help you to do that on Sunday and then to get you to live out the truth of God’s word throughout the rest of the week, we can truly be the salt of the earth and the light of the world that He’s called us to be.”