If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke to the denomination, or unless your ministry commitments to individuals make it impossible for you to leave, now is the time to make your exit.
The PCUSA has made its rejection of the Word of God official.
According to the denomination’s statement, on Thursday, June 19th “the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform ‘any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,’ where legal by state law.”
In other words, regardless of what the Scriptures plainly say, as a PCUSA minister, if you feel called to violate God’s Word and perform a same-sex “marriage,” follow your conscience, not the Bible.
This is a recipe for disaster and is nothing less than rebellion against the authority of the Word.
The statement continues, “They also approved a recommendation to change language in the Book of Order to indicate that ‘marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.'”
Not only is this completely unbiblical, since marriage in the Bible and throughout history requires a man and a woman rather than “two people,” it is also completely illogical, opening a Pandora’s Box of new possibilities.
After all, if marriage is not the union of a man and a woman, why does it require two people? Who not one or three or five? What is so special about “two”? (For a debate with a college professor where I repeatedly raised this question without receiving an answer, go here.)
Remarkably, the original language of the proposal only stated that “marriage involves a unique commitment between two people.” The words “traditionally a man and a woman” were added as a concession to conservatives and in order to secure their vote.
To address this plainly, any “conservative” who voted to approve this amendment based on the addition of the phrase “traditionally a man and a woman” needs to do some deep soul-searching and some serious repenting.
But none of these developments surprise me in the least, since the PCUSA had already capitulated on two other issues, first abortion and then true justice in the Middle East. And as a general rule, any group that compromises on one of these areas, going the way of the spirit of the age, normally compromises on the other two as well.
This is not an absolute rule, but with consistency, you’ll see that as a church group gets more liberal, they become pro-abortion, pro-gay activism, and pro-Palestinian (at the expense of Israel).
In keeping with this, the PCUSA has called for the divestment of funds from US companies (like Hewlett Packard) that work with Israel’s army, also calling for “a boycott of all Israeli products produced illegally in the Palestinian Territories” (meaning, produced by Israel in one of its settlements in Judea and Samaria), “the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories,” “the relocation by Israel of the Separation Barrier to the 1967 border,” “the withholding of US government aid to the State of Israel as long as Israel persists in creating new West Bank settlements,” and more.
And so, while affirming Israel’s right to exist within secure borders and while renouncing anti-Semitism, the PCUSA calls for all kinds of actions against Israel and virtually none against the Palestinians (other than renouncing violence on either side).
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SOURCE: Charisma News