A respected Southern Baptist pastor and author says "wimpy" pastors and laypersons are the reason Christians are losing the culture war.
Why are many Christian leaders silent when religious freedom comes under attack? That question was raised Tuesday evening by Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly and posed to Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas and author of How Can I Know: Answers to Life's 7 Most Important Questions.
"I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus," Jeffress replied when asked the question. "They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial. The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth -- and he ended up being crucified because of it."
The Dallas pastor chastised pastors who shy away from controversy.
"Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians -- and that is why we are losing this culture war," he emphasized.
"I believe it's time for pastors to say, You know, I don't care about controversy, I don't care whether I'm going to lose church members, I don't care about building a big church. I'm going to stand for truth regardless of what happens."
Jeffress -- who also reprimanded school districts and elected officials for caving in -- contends secularists are going to take over if pastors and Christians continue to refuse to stand up and wage the necessary battle to secure their constitutional rights