Barna Group Study: Most Pastors Avoid Controversial Issues for Fear of Losing Members

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Pastors generally believe same-sex marriage and abortion are wrong, but most of them won’t talk to their congregations about it for fear of losing members.

That’s a basic takeaway from a recent Barna Group study. Research expert George Barna was on American Family Radio’s Today’s Issues broadcast to discuss what he discovered.

“What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, ‘Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues.’ Then we ask them, ‘Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?’—and the numbers drop … to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it,” One News Now reports Barna saying.

As it turns out, pastors are willing to do “almost nothing” to get people active in politics.

“So the thing that struck me has been that when we talk about the separation of church and state, it’s that churches have separated themselves from the activities of the state—and that’s to the detriment of the state and its people,” Barna said.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Jennifer Leclaire

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