Westminster’s Overture is DOA!

Westminster Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America recently submitted an overture to the General Assembly for this coming summer. Westminster is opposing the study committee that was erected at the last GA to look into women’s ministry and women’s role in the church. The PCA has been quite clear on the role of women in the church for years. They have done studies on the issue. They have made it clear: women are not to have authority over men or be in leadership positions, which is according to Scripture.

What interested me is that Westminster points out the fact that this committee actually has women on it, putting men under the authority of women by default. Here is what they write:

“The ad interim committee on the Role of Women has placed women on the committee as members, thereby placing women in the position not only of potentially exercising authority over the men on the committee, but also over the members and churches of the denomination.”

I fully support their overture, but know just from that statement alone that their overture is dead on arrival. Just given the fact that women are on the committee, shows the denominations intent for women being ordained and placed into leadership roles. After all, are any of the men on that committee going to stand up to the women on the committee and run the risk of being labeled a bigot?  I think not. That is how committees end up being run by women. So women in ministry in the PCA is a foregone conclusion. The best thing for Westminster to do is to learn to deal with the new PCA involving women in leadership, or to make other plans.


The PCA’s 44th GA is Swayed By Culture, Not Scripture

For the record, I did not attend the Presbyterian Church in America’s 44th General Assembly, so I really am just trying to discern the tea leaves from what others have written. There are several articles by those who did attend that are particularly troubling. It is from these articles that I get the sense that GA is more concerned with social issues, than with being true to the calling we have in Scripture.

Many of my regular readers know that my contention for the church is that we need to be about the business of being the church, not getting off base by trying to save America, address every social concern, and please the general culture at large. If we focus upon that which we are given, building His kingdom through the preaching of the word, and worshipping Him as He has called us to do, all the rest will fall into place. It is when we think the job of the church is to change the culture, that we fall into the trap that leads to the culture changing us.

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Sammy Rhodes: Stop Genuflecting And Preach the Gospel

It’s really hard to see a fellow brother in the LORD, Sammy Rhodes, genuflecting all over himself about the tragedy in Orlando. Rhodes is a fellow PCA pastor for RUF at the University of South Carolina.  He goes to great pains to “confess his sin” of not doing enough for the LGBTQ crowd, as if, somehow he and all of Christendom, are really guilty for what happened in Orlando. It seems Mr. Rhodes is only a few steps away from abandoning all principles of the gospel in order to openly embrace gays, their lifestyle, and all that they want.

The sad reality in his words, besides giving himself over to emotionalism, is that it sounds like he is abandoning the one actual tool he has at his disposal for reaching the LGBTQ crowd: preaching the gospel. All other attempts are nothing but window dressings in the Twin Towers.

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PC(USA) Is Dying: Amen and amen!

There is great news for Presbyterians every where: the liberal PC(USA) is dying.

In view of the fact that Christianity is on the decline in America, or so it seems, the PC(USA) put out their numbers this week showing a loss of 92,000 members over the past year. This decrease in numbers is up from the previous year, so the decline of this once great denomination is quickening… but not quickening in the biblical sense.

I know that some might be surprised that I’m rejoicing over the demise of this denomination, and I am rejoicing. Wherever false religion is in decline, I rejoice, for we are really seeing the fruits of their century-long slide into the rejection of God’s word. This is why it is so senseless to try and reach the lost by watering down the word of God.

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Putting Asunder What God Has Joined

Bill Smith, a fellow teaching elder in the PCA, has put together a great piece on divorce over at his blog The Christian Curmudgeon. The Westminster Confession of Faith has given two reasons for divorce. The first is that of adultery, in which the offending party has had actual physical relations with someone other than their spouse, thereby breaking the one-flesh union of the couple. The other is desertion, in which one spouse leaves the other.

He discusses both positions and shows that the two reasons are biblical. He also gives us a good section on the church’s responsibility in the matter:

What is the responsibility of the church? The church’s responsibility is (1) to train its youth according to the Biblical teaching regarding sexuality and marriage; (2) to do everything possible to strengthen the marriages of its members; (3) to uphold Biblical standards regarding the grounds for divorce; (4) to approach every troubled couple with love, understanding, and help with the goal of restoring the relationship; (5) to support the party who does not cause the divorce*; (6) to minister to the needs of children for whom divorce is almost always destructive; (7) to seek pastorally, with humility and showing grace, to help the erring party to repent and find forgiveness, according to his/her profession; and (8) as a last resort to use the Bible’s disciplinary process (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1) to uphold the honor of Christ, to protect the purity of the church, and to reclaim the person who (it is be hoped) had temporarily gone astray.

Read the rest of the article here.


PCUSA Theological Liberalism Leads to Biblical Stupidity

The PCUSA, the liberal leaning and Bible ignoring Presbyterian denomination that most people know about, decided this past week at their General Assembly that when it comes to same-sex marriage, Scripture is just a bit too confusing for these mental giants to come to any serious conclusion on the topic.

Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of saying the Bible is against it, since it condemns homosexuality in every case that it is mentioned in Scripture, AND since marriage always means between one woman and one man, that there just wasn’t enough evidence for them to rule whether or not it was right or wrong.

Here is a bit from The Layman Online:

Scripture too confusing to use

The tarnished centerpiece of the committee’s recommendation, however, was an amended overture from Sacramento Presbytery, which read in part, “We decline to take an action that would have the effect of imposing on the whole Presbyterian Church (USA) one interpretation of Scripture in this matter” of “what the Scriptures teach concerning the morality of committed, same-gender relationships.” The best this committee and then the whole General Assembly could do was to declare formally that Scripture is too confusing, too subject to varied interpretations to unite around to decide matters of same-sex sexual morality.

Is same-sex practice right or wrong, according to the Bible? “Well, ya know, we just can’t decide,” has now become General Assembly’s official position. This position is intended to “be brought before each presbytery at a stated meeting in which the report from the 220th General Assembly (2012) is given.”

Yes, these erudite reprobates just couldn’t come to any conclusion about what Scripture actually says when it comes to same-sex marriage. It is just way too complicated.

Let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this O so difficult topic. Every time marriage is mentioned in Scripture, ten times in the gospels alone, it is always between a man and a woman. Jesus spoke to the issue as well, and every time He discussed marriage, it was between a man and a woman.

Therefore, same-sex marriage is an oxymoron, since two people of the same sex cannot be married. It is outside the definition of marriage.

Also, since every place that homosexuality is mentioned in Scripture, it is in a condemning nature, meaning that it is never spoken of in a positive light. Also given the fact that homosexuality is a result of idolatry in Romans 1:18ff, meaning that it is part of God’s wrath, we can safely assume that homosexuality in any form, wanted or unwanted, is a sin.

For some odd reason, the erudite reprobates cannot see these truths. It’s just too complicated for these well-educated apostates to figure out. Given that, if you are a member of a PCUSA church, I recommend one thing: run!

Run to the nearest church where the gospel is actually preached. Run to the nearest church where the Bible is actually believed. Run to a church that sees the Scripture as authoritative, not as just a guide to happy living. Run from these apostates as quickly as you can. Not only have they gone from thinking themselves wise, they became fools, they have actually become stupid in the process. They are not even trying to disguise their stupidity and foolishness with some erudite thinking. They are just plain stupid is as stupid does. So sad.

FYI: Please note that the PCUSA and the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) are not affiliated in any way, shape, form or fashion. The PCA is my denomination and we actually believe in the authority of Scripture. You will notice that in our denomination, we have no women pastors. That is usually the first sign that a denomination is going apostate.After all, once the denomination punts the roles of men and women given in Scripture, everything is subject to change as well. This doesn’t mean that we do not see men and women equally valuable in the church, but we have different roles in the church, just as the Three Persons of the Godhead have differing roles in our salvation.

The Aquila Report

Just wanted to let you know that I submitted one of my posts, Vindication, for publication at The Aquila Report. It’s an un-official blog of the Presbyterian Church in America and covers what the denominations are doing, theological issues, and ministry lessons. You can get there by clicking here.

I’m also adding it to my blog roll so you can get to it via my site in the future.

In Memory of Georgia Settle

She was like that sweet aunt that everyone in the family looks forward to seeing. Georgia Settle, the quiet side of Paul Settle, was always a joy to be around and always had a smile for those she knew.

This quite, gentle saint went home to be with the Lord this past Sunday and I only found out late yesterday. Her death was not a surprise. We knew that the sinfulness of Alzheimer’s was slowly taking over her body. The ravages of the fallen world claimed this lovely and dear sister in the Lord, and our Savior freed her from the death we all still face.

Who could not help but miss Georgia. She was a model of gentleness in a world that is fixated on violence. How we need more women and Christians like Georgia.

I got to know her through her husband Paul, a man that helped start the PCA back in 1973 out of his garage. Paul and Georgia were a perfect couple for the PCA and for guys like me. He is one of the reasons that I am Reformed Presbyterian in my convictions and in the PCA. It was through Paul’s teaching and guidance, along with Georgia’s cooking that I learned about the Reformed Faith, Calvinism, the Doctrines of Grace and the PCA. I am just one of many that have been touch through the ministry of Paul and Georgia.

I think at one point I was able to count up almost 10 men that came through Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with Reformed convictions because of Paul and Georgia’s ministry to us. Any of you who know DTS, will know this to be an oddity. While we agree on some of the fundamentals of the faith, we differ on many more. Paul was an assistant pastor at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, was was only a few miles away from DTS. Because of the size of the church and solid reputation of some of the speakers that PCPC drew, we couldn’t help but be curious. Plus, for some of us, the arguments of Dispensationalism do not hold water. Given that, we were looking for answers that were more in line with what we were finding in the Bible. Paul was more than glad to help. It never hurt matters that Georgia was willing to cook breakfast for us as we asked Paul our questions. Truth be told, the strongest argument Paul ever made for the Reformed faith was his gentle and biblical response to my bold assertions. If ever there was a man gifted as a peacemaker and teacher, it is Paul.

And Georgia was his perfect match. Gentle, kind, sweet, and a great cook. Like I said, it was through their ministry to guys like me that helped me grow in my understanding of God’s word. They had a ministry to those young men who wanted to know more about what it meant to be Reformed. Georgia would cook, Paul would teach. I didn’t think it could get better than that. I was single at the time and the idea of having a breakfast with big biscuits, eggs, jams, jellies, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, juice, etc, everything that made a great breakfast a great breakfast. As a single man, I couldn’t pass it up.

On top of that, some of the other men that were attending the breakfast were all guys I really looked up to. Mike Bowen, who is now an associate pastor in Tyler, Texas, Jeff Hatton, pastor in Waco, TX, his brother Pete Hatton, in Edmond, OK., and Marc Corbett, who had the audacity to start up an RUF chapter at Liberty University, and so many others who I know I should mention, but their names slip my mind right now. They are all a testimony to both Paul’s gentle instructions and Georgia’s great egg and sausage casseroles.

That ministry slowly came to an end as the sickness slowly to over Georgia’s mind. Anyone who has gone through that know that it is harder on those who have to help the sick than those who are sick. Paul slowly moved out of ministry so he could take care of his lovely bride of 54 years. What man wouldn’t? Especially given her sweet nature. I haven’t spoken with Paul in years. I knew his life was fully involved with his loving care to his bride, so I left him alone. I have prayed and am praying for him today as he says goodbye to Georgia.

The memorial services are being held in Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, where Paul and Georgia served for years.  It is only fitting that Paul and the rest of the body of Christ say goodbye to her there. They made their initial mark in the PCA out of Greenville. I wish I could go. But I can’t. So I write this memorial to her. May the Lord raise up many more great women like Georgia, and may He comfort our dear brother Paul as he grieves the loss of his wife.  What a testimony both have for the Lord. May He use Georgia’s memorial for His glory.

Here is the link to her obituary.