The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) has finally come out of the closet and admitted they’re a progressive political organization not a Christian church. PCUSA has long been a liberal denomination, much like the Episcopal Church in the US and Europe. Over the past week, they’ve cemented their place in the far left with the actions of their General Assembly in, appropriately, Detroit.
A dead church meets in a dead city and celebrates the reason for their death.
The Christian Church, the Body of Christ, really has nothing to fear from Satan.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (NAS)
We’re not going to engage in a theological discussion about whether Jesus meant he was building His Church on Peter or on Himself because for the purpose of this discussion it doesn’t matter. Jesus was talking about His Church and was making the point that “the gates of hell” – Satan – would not overcome the Church.
The real threat to Christ’s Church comes from within. See Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. We see the manifestation of that threat, once again, this week in Detroit. PCUSA is just another in a long line of denominations that have turned their back on the teaching that Jesus Christ is the only true way to peace with God by taking up the preaching of a social gospel of “progressive equality.” If Jesus were in the grave He’d be turning over. He’s not in His grave, and we won’t speculate here what He’s doing, but we’re pretty sure He’s not a happy Savior.
For starters, on June 19th PCUSA’s General Assembly voted by an overwhelming margin (76% – 24%) to reject the Church’s teaching that marriage is “one man-one woman” and to embrace same sex marriage. Here’s PCUSA in a nutshell.
“This vote is an answer to many prayers for the church to recognize love between committed same-sex couples,” said Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light Presbyterians, according to ReligionNews.com. McNeill spearheaded the fight for same-sex marriage within the church.
“The gospel is about fairness,” Seattle ruling elder Nathan Sobers told. Sobers is married to his male partner of 27 years.
Agaiin, we’re not going to address the theological issues today, we’re just pointing out that another rogue denomination is turning away from 21 centuries of Christian teaching to adopt popular positions on progressive social issues.
We will take up the battle on one point though. The gospel is not, and never has been, about “fairness.” If that were the case, Jesus would never have uttered “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No man comes to the Father except through me.” The gospel is all about the good news that man can have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Nothing more, and certainly nothing less. “Fairness” is a whole lot less.
As the linked article notes,
“Some question the relevance of church they see is not living up to its reputation for fairness. Do we really want to be known for not accepting and embracing our LGBT brothers and sisters?”
The Presbyterian Church joins the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ as the only major American sects of Christianity to denounce excluding homosexuals from marrying.
It’s all about “fairness,” salvation be damned. Literally.
Then came June 21st.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.
PCUSA, by a 310-303 margin voted to establish itself as an anti-Semetic organization dedicated to seeing so-called “Palestinians” overrun the State of Israel. PCUSA has aligned themselves with Islamic terrorist organizations and turned their back on the Jewish people. They’ve forgotten that Jesus, who they once served, was a Jew.
“Because we are a historical peacemaking church, what we have done is, we have stood up for nonviolent means of resistance to oppression and we have sent a clear message to a struggling society that we support their efforts to resist in a nonviolent way the oppression being thrust upon them,” said the Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe, of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network.
“Nonviolent means of resistance to oppression…” Rev. DeYoe, you’re idiot. The so-called “Palestinian movement” was born in terrorism and has never waivered. They stand firm in their refusal to recognize Israel as a legitimate state and firm in their policy that Jews should be driven from their homeland and killed. They make Adolph Hitler proud.
Yesterday, hopefully, completed the public rejection of Christian teaching and values by PCUSA. Here’s the motion that was presented to the General Assembly.
- Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born, and to purposefully seek to enter the pure worship of God by offering aid, comfort, and the Gospel to those responsible for the care of our most desperate orphans (including those who survive abortion procedures): parents, siblings, church and community leaders, and the medical profession.
- Direct the Moderator of the General Assembly and the Stated Clerk to issue statements that denounce the practice of killing babies born live following an abortion procedure, such as was revealed in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell clinic in Philadelphia.
The short form is this:
- Have a two year period of reflection about aiding children who survive abortion and,
- Denounce the infanticide practiced by Kermit Gosnell, America’s most prolific serial killer.
PCUSA refused to do either of those things. As a side note, Barack Obama has refused to do either of those things as well.
Now we get to see if local PCUSA congregations are following Christ or are simply progressive political/social organizations.