(By Shane Idleman) Pastors, we are not just cheerleaders, we are game-changers. We are called to stir and to convict so that change takes place. Granted, there are many wonderful pastors and churches. I appreciate their ministry, but as a whole, the church has drifted off course. Christians have lost the compass of truth. Many are more concerned about wine tasting and craft beers than truly seeking the heart of God.
The pulpit regulates the spiritual condition of God’s people, which affects the nation. A lukewarm, sex-saturated culture (and church) simply reflects the lack of conviction in the pulpit as well as the pew. Pastors and Christian leaders alike must take responsibility for the spiritual health of today’s church and the nation. We don’t need more marketing plans, demographic studies or giving campaigns; we need men filled with the Spirit of God. This is not a letter of rebuke (I’m in no position to do that)—it’s a tear-stained plea that we once again seek the heart of God. Here are five issues we need to overcome: READ MORE