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Rev. Tinkywinky: 'Is the culture overpowering our churches?'

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This column by Jerry Falwell over at WingNutDaily is a laff-fest. Maybe not as good as the unhinged fellow who opined that tofu causes homosexuality, but this one is quite amusing.

The Talibangelist and head of the Thomas Road Baptist Church is upset that the grip of fundamentalist religious types over the masses (i.e. brainwashing) is slipping away.

As I’ve recently reported, the few so-called Christian characters represented on the networks have either abandoned core biblical values or are depicted as callous ogres. Further, the media typically tout diverse forms of spirituality that embrace alternative modes of sexuality, worship and lifestyle.

…Sadly, countless pastors and church leaders have folded under cultural pressure and have attempted to socialize the Gospel of Christ. Meanwhile, those of us who remain faithful to the Scriptures are seen as unintelligent and irrational.

He nearly comes unhinged over data released by George Barna that found most Americans say that they are “deeply spiritual” and religious faith is “very important,” only 15% of those who attend church said that a  relationship with God was the top priority in their life. Oops. That nasty culture is creeping in. Then the good reverend goes off the deep end, with this bit of business:

The very important report also found that “three out of every four teenagers have engaged in at least one type of psychic or witchcraft-related activity.” [Uh, what are we talking about here? Harry Potter?] The report also detailed that only one-third of 8-to-12-year-olds say a church has made “a positive difference” in their life; one-third said prayer is very important in their life; and most said they would rather be popular than to do what is morally right.

Lest you think that Rev. Tinkywinky is moping — he’s pissed and holding his ground.

Evangelical pastors simply must determine to lead by biblical principle, even though those principles are being increasingly disparaged in the popular culture. I believe it is time for a re-evaluation of the church’s efforts. It is obvious that we are losing the cultural battle in many ways, especially with our young people. We will not succeed in reaching this world for Christ unless our churches determine to lovingly reach out with the Word of God to our fellow man.

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