Asking for trouble
    February 27 2012 by Dudley B. Stallings, Knightdale, N.C.

    The Erik Stanley [guest column] in the February 18 BR urging pastors to preach promotion of the marriage amendment will cause problems for the pastors that do so and may very well split churches. Churches have no business promoting the passage of this controversial and polarizing amendment. As you well know, many clergy are totally against such an unnecessary action. He can have his opinion about what pastors should do and what  they are permitted to do by the IRS but to urge pastors to preach, encouraging congregants to vote for  the amendment is asking for trouble in the churches.
     
    Dudley B. Stallings
    Knightdale, N.C.

    2/27/2012 2:04:42 PM by Dudley B. Stallings, Knightdale, N.C. | with 2 comments




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dr. james willingham
Baptists have forgotten – and our nation also – that the Baptists leaders of Virginia, for instance, met with the colonial legislators and made an agreement, to wit, that in exchange for our freedom to practice our faith, the Baptist ministers would encourage the young men in their communities to enlist in the patriot's cause (Let it be understood here that they meant to encourage their young men to enlist in a civil war against a duly constituted government which was doing things contrary to cherished principles of freedom). Freedom of religion would certainly include the right to preach on such a thing as a marriage amendment, and the IRS would be out of order in taking action to interfere with churches seeking to do so ... even though, very likely, it would take an appeal all the way to the Supreme Court to get the IRS reversed.
3/23/2012 12:06:39 PM

Greg Barefoot
On the contrary, every pastor should be encouraging his congregation to support this amendment and every church should rise to the occasion to promote it. This is about the sanctity of marriage, something instituted by God. Remember, this amendment would not be necessary if the homosexual agenda were not being pushed on Americans, as it has been for years. I, along with many other pastors across this state, will continue to preach God’s Word without apology and if it bothers you, don’t shoot the messenger, take it out on the author.
2/27/2012 4:19:18 PM

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