Evangelist Sean Feucht has challenged the Church to address four key issues he believes are key to combating an increasingly secularized culture and lamented the lack of courage many church leaders exhibit in the face of social pressure.
In an interview with The Christian Post, the 38-year-old worship leader reflected on some of the issues he believes pastors and church leaders must address boldly, starting with the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
"I think that the church's response to the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, it was a horrible response," Feucht said. "I think people should have been celebrating and thank God that this 50-year prayer that we've been asking for, the reversing of this death decree, there should have been a whole lot more praise and a whole lot more thanks and a whole lot more pointing to God's faithfulness."
Second, Feucht, a father of four, lamented that the Church "isn't really addressing" gender confusion and sexual identity.
"We're allowing our kids to be sexualized by culture. We're not clearly defining what a man and what a woman is and the beauty of God's divine design."
The former Bethel worship leader revealed that his recently-released song, "Imago Dei," was birthed out of a desire to show God's heart for both the unborn and His divine design for humanity. The chorus includes the lines, "Imago Dei, I'm fearfully and wonderfully made/ Imago Dei, there's glory in all You create."
The Church also must address the family, Feucht said, adding: "The root of all of our issues in society, whether it's crime or whether it's corruption or even going back to the identity issues, a lot of it comes down to fatherlessness, and we are not we're not addressing that the root cause of the breakdown in society is the family."
"Healthy families build healthy communities, which build healthy nations," he said. "God has a divine prescription for all of that."
Finally, the Church needs to address repentance, Feucht said.
"We're not really talking about repentance," he stressed. "We do altar calls all over America and we call out sin. We see people set free from their shame and their addiction, and America is addicted right now to opioids. Americans are addicted to drugs, to fentanyl, to prescription meds, and we need to start calling those people out. People want to get free. We got to remind them how they can do that."
Feucht is no stranger to ruffling feathers. About two years ago, when California cracked down on church gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he brought his "Let Us Worship" concerts to nearly 200 cities across the U.S. as a way for people to worship together.
His decision to hold evangelistic events in defiance of public health orders during the pandemic made media headlines and elicited a broad spectrum of responses, from praise to scorn, as documented in the forthcoming film "Superspreader," releasing Sept. 29. And now, he's on a mission to bring boldness back into the Church, a topic he tackles in his latest book, Bold: Moving Forward in Faith, Not Fear.
He contended that many church leaders fail to address complex issues due to a "secularization of the Church" and secular humanism that has crept into the Body of Christ.
"We've become seeker-friendly; we don't want to ruffle feathers. We've become powerless. Our meetings and gatherings are more like Christian clubs and less like the ecclesia, which is the ruling body government," Feucht said.
"We have to go back to the foundations of the Church. 'On this rock, on this Ecclesia, I will build my Church,' not on this cool Christian club that appeals to culture. We're allowing the Church to be defined by culture instead of the Church defining culture. We've really bought into a powerless gospel, and we're seeing the effects of it right now across America. We've got to get back to who the Church is and what it's called to be."
The Bible, Feucht added, has an "answer for every controversial issue," from religious liberty to abortion. He challenged pastors and church leaders to address such topics from the pulpit, even if it means offending some listeners.
"The Bible shows us clearly where to stand," he said. "And if we ever need truth tellers and Bible and people to speak the truth of God's word, it is right now. We've got to speak to the heart of the cultural issues because no point in Scripture do we see the disciples or Jesus saying, 'Well, actually, I don't want to talk about that because it's political. No, actually, because it's political, we should talk about it more we should bring a clear dividing line."
Leah M. Klett is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be reached at: email@example.com