A friend wrote me on Facebook, wondering what was up with the Presbyterian Church (USA) coming to the decision to ordain homosexuals. I’m not sure, but I think he thought I was a part of this particular denomination. I am not. I’m a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. Yes, I know, they sound a like, but are vastly different in our beliefs, as you can see from the recent actions of the PCUSA.
The PCUSA decided that it was high time to start ordaining homosexuals. Given some of the statements made by those in on the decision, it really is no surprise. Just read what the church’s officials said concerning this decision in a report from Foxnews:
Top Presbyterian executives issued a statement to the church acknowledging that “some will rejoice while others will weep,” at the decision.
“However, as Presbyterians, we believe that the only way we will find God’s will for the church is by seeking it together — worshipping, praying, thinking and serving alongside one another,” the executives wrote. (Emphasis added).
Did you notice anything missing in that list? How about the Bible? Are they reading the Bible and seeing what God’s word has to say? Are they submitting to God’s word in this decision? Nope! Not at all. In fact, Al Mohler
asks the question, “can they really submit to the Lordship of Christ without submitting to the Bible?
Here are Mohler’s observations:
While this action deals specifically with ordination standards, it is really about the larger issue of homosexuality. Most observers expect that the decision to allow same-sex marriages will follow closely.
But even beyond the specific issue of homosexuality, the church faced two of the most fundamental questions of Christian theology — the authority of the Bible and the Lordship of Christ. In making this change, the church clearly affirms that one may submit to the Lordship of Christ without submitting to the clear teachings of Scripture.
That is a fundamental error that leaves this denomination now in the implausible position of claiming to affirm the Lordship of Christ while subverting the authority of Scripture. The removal of the constitutional language about marriage and chastity, coupled with the removal of the language about repentance from what Scripture identifies as sin, effectively means that candidates and presbyteries may defy Scripture while claiming to follow Christ.
Clearly, this action could not have happened without this denomination having abandoned any required belief in the full authority, inspiration, and truthfulness of the Bible long ago. This most recent decision sets the stage for the total capitulation of this church to the normalization of homosexuality — an act of open defiance against the Scriptures.
You cannot be submissive to Jesus Christ, or His Lordship if you deny His word and ignore His word. As Neil has labored to point out about what the Bible says regarding homosexuality, there is nothing ever said or referred to about such in the Bible.
Here are Neil‘s statistics:
- 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
- 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
- 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.
Hard to argue with what Scripture says. However the people in the PCUSA are not arguing at all. They are simply ignoring the Bible all together. In doing so, they have created God in their own image, a god that is no longer holy. This god is more like the gods of old during Israel’s day that were constant temptations for the people of God. Gods like Molech or Baal. Gods that are fat, indulgent, fleshly gods that are all loving of all as long as you indulge in their particular sin.
When you think about, this really is what is taking place. I will not be surprised when we get to heaven and find out the truth behind the demons of Baal and Molech, only to find that they are the demons of liberal theology as well, because they both do the same thing. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that those who were sacrificing to these gods, were actually sacrificing to demons: Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons (1 Corinthians 10:20). Remember those that worshiped Baal were into unrestrained sex with the temple prostitutes, including homosexuality. Those who worshiped Molech, were into sacrificing their children in the fires of Molech.
Liberal theology tells us that unrestrained sex is OK, along with sacrificing our children through the means of abortion. We don’t have to make much of a leap to help us see that the demons behind Molech and Baal, are the same demons we see in the apostate church today, saying unrestrained sex is OK, as well as killing our children. This is the danger of departing from God’s words. The moment we say that it doesn’t mean what it says, or even it doesn’t apply to us today, is the moment we open ourselves up to being given over by the Triune God, to our fleshly lusts and perversions (Romans 1:18ff).
This is why we must press on with what God’s word declares and not water it down. Homosexuality is an abomination and those who participate in it have no hope of eternity with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9). They certainly don’t have any hope if we give up on the word of God as well. Who is left in the PCUSA to tell the homosexual or lesbian that they are out of God’s declare will? They think they are being loving by affirming this sin, but they are truly being hateful. Why? They are leading these people to eternal destruction. If they are truly loving towards the gay man or woman, they would tell them the need for repentance. This is not feeling sorry for your sin, but turning away from that sin and towards Christ. After all, He did not die on the cross in order to leave us in our sin. He died to rescue us from the punishment of that sin and to deliver us from it on this side of glory as well.
Those men and women in the PCUSA will never hear this message as long as they remain in that denomination because they have turned away from the true hope of the gospel. As my friend wrote me, “sad.”