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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pastor Leader Shouts "Fire!" in Crowded Church

By Rick Pearcey • June 30, 2009, 10:29 AM

Not a big fan of tyranny, Dave Welch, founder and director of the U.S. Pastor Council, hopes to get pastors and churches off their hands, out of their pews, and into the culture.

In "Pastor: If Not You, Who?," he writes: 

Until a remnant of at least 10 to 20 percent of Bible-believing pastors and churches step up to the plate and start raising up and sending out godly leaders into civil ministry, we will be governed by tyrants or self-serving leaders.  

Good for him. After all, the Leader of the Resistance sends his fighters out into and across the world (Acts 1:8, "to the ends of the earth"), not into privatized prayer closets for ever and ever. Nor into a kind of unholy and ingrown isolation behind the safe, ghettoized walls of a church, whether big or small, known or unknown.

Human beings who take seriously their call to liberating community with their true Creator and fellow creatures made in His image (i.e., "Love thy neighbor") are the last thing self-serving politicians "here to help," constitution-haters, dictators, and hardline secularists want to see walking the streets. 

A Heaven-sent "Fire in the church!" could be a sign of good things on the way. 

Read the rest of "Pastors: If Not You, Who?"