An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Reaction continues to the decisions of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), which took place between June 21 and June 28. The assembly nullified proscriptions against sexual behavior outside of marriage and called for a vote to delete the church’s constitutional standard requiring fidelity in marriage and chastity in singleness. It also initiated a process that could remove mention of the Bible’s prohibition against homosexuality form the Heidelberg Catechism.
The moves are seen by some as an attempt to clear a path for the eventual ordination of practicing homosexuals to the church offices of deacon, elder, or minister.
Further, the assembly authorized the creation of a $2 million legal fund to litigate against churches which seek to transfer to other Reformed denominations while retaining their property.
Amendments to the Heidelberg Catechism and the constitution are not final, but become effective if approved by the 173 regional governing bodies, called presbyteries, of the Presbyterian Church USA.
The Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Lay Committee decried the decision as a “frontal assault on Biblical Christianity,” saying in a July 8 statement that the General Assembly “disregarded historic Reformed standards, undermined its Constitution and failed to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ with its actions.”
“The PCUSA has jettisoned the solid rock of Biblical authority and morals and is now floundering in the sea of cultural relativity. In desperation, it lays claim to the property of congregations that love the Word of God more than denominational loyalty,” the Presbyterian Lay Committee said.
This is no longer a ‘church of God’! You do not get to pick and choose which of the Lord’s commandments you will follow, and which ones to throw out!
Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Right there, in black and white! One of the foundations of a successful marriage, between ONE man and ONE woman.
“With a handful of rushed votes this morning, this General Assembly has turned its back on God’s gracious plan for our lives. It has abandoned scriptural morality. It has caused us to deviate from the belief and practice of the church throughout history and around the world to this day.”
I honestly can’t even find words to express my disgust. Yes, people make mistakes, and should ask for forgiveness. But when your church is basically saying it’s ok to be a slut, male or female, then one more building block of our society has been eroded.
We’ve all been lost at one time or another in our lives. We rely on our church leaders to preach the Word, honestly. This is just…. WRONG!
H/T: Faultline USA