David Platt Says He Had to ‘Repent’ for Not Preaching Against Abortion Enough as a Younger Pastor

McLean Bible Church Pastor David Platt says a closing prayer at the 2020 March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 2020. | The Christian Post

Popular megachurch pastor and author David Platt, who at one point was the youngest megachurch pastor in the United States, says that there was a time in his life when he needed to “repent” for not preaching enough on abortion as a younger pastor. 

“There was a point as a pastor when I just kind of stayed away from abortion [because I’d think] that’s a political issue,” Platt, the lead pastor of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, and author of Radical, told CP. “But I got really convicted. Far before it is any kind of political issue, it is a biblical issue that God speaks really clear about the value of life.”

The former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board was on stage last Friday at the 2020 National March for Life rally on the National Mall. He delivered the closing prayer and didn’t shy away from calling out sin.

“Everyone marching today is a sinner,” Platt prayed, adding that sin affects everyone “from the White House to every house” and how everyone needs “God’s mercy.”

“We have all turned aside from your ways to our ways — in our lives and as a country. How we have settled for racial injustice, ignored the immigrant, marginalized the poor and neglected the needy. How we have confused sexuality, abused authority, objectified beauty and how we have taken the lives of children,” he said in his prayer.

He further prayed for an end to laws that “make it legal to murder a child.”

Platt, 41, and his family began attending the annual national march against abortion a few years back when they moved to Northern Virginia. He joined the staff at McLean in 2017 after longtime pastor Lon Solomon resigned following 36 years of ministry.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith