Here was the problem; the man used the pulpit for political oratory instead of it’s intended purpose: the clear, consistent, and compassionate proclamation of the Gospel. Christ has commissioned His church to go and make disciples. Not political disciples; conservative or liberal, but disciples of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To make disciples is to proclaim the Gospel. Here is the Gospel: Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, according to the scriptures. He was buried, and He rose again from the dead on the third day, according to the scriptures. Those people who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus are to be baptized and taught to observe all things that Christ has commanded through His word. This is the mission of every church from the time of Christ until the time of His return. Any church that fails to declare the gospel in all facets of church life and ministry – which means the church members living out the gospel reality through the week – has failed to follow the Lord’s directive.
I highly recommend that you listen to a discussion led by Russell Moore and involving Mark Dever.Politics in the Pulpit, a presentation of “The Albert Mohler Radio program” with Russell Moore as the guest host and Mark Dever as the show’s guest, intelligently and cogently explores the place of politics in the life of a church; specifically from the pulpit.
By far, the most appalling aspect of Reverend Wright’s wrongheaded sermons was his replacing the clear declaration of the gospel with political rhetoric. Politics do not belong in the pulpit. The pulpit is to be used for the clear and faithful proclamation of God’s Word. That is the case for every true church regardless of cultural context. The Gospel transcends every and all ethnic and cultural barriers.