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  • Writer's picturePastor Jim Stultz

Pressure to Pivot

Updated: May 1, 2023

The book of Acts records the forward progress of the gospel message throughout the Roman Empire. Paul and his missionary team would often meet with opposition from the Jews, the Roman officials and the pagan business owners. The message of the gospel and its implications to the daily life of those transformed by it has never been popular with the secular culture. For those of us who are Bible believing Christians we get our belief system, as well as our lifestyle instructions from God’s Word. The Bible is our final authority on traditional marriage, human sexuality, and gender identity. We derive our stand against abortion, evolution, and the LGBTQ agenda from what the Bible teaches.

We in America throughout most of the years of our county’s existence have had a favorable culture that affirmed many of the values that Christians have held dear. However, we are losing home field advantage. Rapidly, our country seems to be plunging headlong into a moral revolution that true believers in Christ cannot embrace. More laws are being established and more institutions are being pressured to make a pivot. To “pivot” means to change directions. A pivot can usually indicate a major and fundamental change. I believe that very soon every institution, school, ministry, denomination, and individual who wants to participate in the marketplace, will be pressured to pivot in their beliefs. One Christian adoption agency recently pivoted to the growing cultural pressures from the LGBTQ community and the looming threat of the Equality Act. They hired a polling firm to help them to decide to pivot instead of holding fast to the Bible.

There is no middle ground between the moral revolution and biblical orthodoxy. The pressure to pivot is mounting on all fronts and it will confront every single Christian institution, school, congregation, denomination, and ministry. What will we do? Will we stand or will we pivot? Joshua did not hire a polling firm when he said: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

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