When should pastors speak? | SBTS Southern Blog

SBTS SouthernAndrew T. Walker — November 14, 2014

There’s been a lot of discussion about Hillsong and its pastor Brian Houston’s comments about gay marriage. I’ve written about the subject here and here at First Things.

I’d like to very briefly spell out my thoughts on why I believe pastors are obligated—in all settings and contexts—to speak unequivocally when asked about biblical issues—even ones that have the potential to spark controversy.

It’s quite true that the church does not have a binding authority over non-Christians. The church cannot bind the consciences of those it does not claim as its own or those who do not claim it for themselves. Continue reading →

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