I know it may be hard for some of you to believe but I don’t enjoy conflict. I would love nothing more than to see the Body of Christ work together in unity. However, unity is not possible where heresy exist. For years the church has turned a blind eye to such things, believing that such issue only arose in large cities or some godforsaken place out on the west coast. Guess what, Christian brothers and sisters? It’s not in some far off place anymore. It’s here. It’s in our own backyard. The Church is in a state of emergency.
One by one we have seen the mainline denominations fall prey to this disease known as political correctness when they should’ve been more concerned with Biblical correctness. We stayed silent in the fears that we would be called bigots, bible-thumpers or fundamentalist. If standing for the truth of God makes us bigots, may we proudly be bigots! If saying that God’s Word is still the authority makes us fundamentalist, may we boldly be fundamentalist!
This past year I wrote about the vote of the PCUSA to allow gays and lesbians to become ordained into the church. This is not to say that I believe we should run gay’s and lesbians out of the church. On the contrary, I think they should be in church. The well have no need of a physician. However, when we start saying that they are okay just as they are, we have a problem.
When I wrote the article last year I went on a search. I wanted to see if this decision actually represented the views of our local Presbyterian churches. I did this because often the decision of a larger organization do not represent the views of those at the grassroots level. I emailed local Presbyterian churches (those that had websites and email addresses) to ask a simple question. The content of my original email was this:
I was wondering what your reaction was to the recent vote by the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area on G-6.0106b, which will allow for the ordination of gay and lesbian pastors into the ministry. Thank you for your time. Any information you are able to provide is greatly appreciated.
In many cases I received no answer at all. One Pastor sent me the following:
My reaction is disappointment, sadness, and heartbreak. If the local church I serve does not leave the denomination, I will be leaving either for another denomination that holds to biblical standards for ordination, or, if the Lord calls, to some other vocation.
This email touched my heart. I felt such empathy for this Pastor and such pride that he was willing to stand from the truth of God even when it may cost him his career and calling. I sent my heartfelt appreciate to this pastor for his devotion.
Yet another Pastor responded, again expressing his disappointment in the PCUSA’s decision. This pastor wasn’t ready to make the type of sacrifice that the pastor from the previous email had committed himself to. However, this Pastor felt that the best way to make change was from the inside. I’m not sure I agree, however perhaps he and his congregation can make a stand.
The most upsetting came from our own local area, our own backyard (so to speak). This local Presbyterian pastor was condescending and argumentative in his very first email. This is the text from that email:
Do not know who you are…don’t recall meeting you.
Reviewed some of what you have written and espouse on the Internet, after which I have decided that I would not distinguish your request with a comment. I usually confine my fishing to bodies of water and gatherings of God’s children. How about you?
Pastor, ---------------- Presbyterian Church
This local pastor sent another, rather arrogant email. The following is another very telling snippet from his following email:
Believing the Bible is God's infallible word is not the issue, either...of course. Literal interpretation of the Bible may certainly be, according to your remarks, your website positions, and the sources you reference. Keep on proof-texting, but it will always fail to obtain the argument here.
This is from one of our own local Presbyterian churches. Its not a Pastor from San Francisco or some other far off place. This man does not believe in a literal interpretation of the scriptures and has continually showed support for the ordination of gays and lesbians, as well as a change in how we view the sin of homosexuality. He has made it clear that he views those of us who stand against the disintegration of Biblical morality as individuals promoting sexual gender and sexual orientation conflict.
The question that I must truly ask is why does this individual continue to be granted a pulpit. Have Christians become so feeble minded that they are unable to muster the courage to stand for the truth of God’s word. Ladies and gentlemen, this is dangerous. If we sit and do nothing these are the type of churches your children and grandchildren will inherit. This is the type of secular based morality that will infiltrate our Sunday schools and through this anti-Christ indoctrination we stand to loose an entire generation for Christ.
The greatest disservice is not to you and I but to the homosexual community itself. By declaring homosexuality as some benign lifestyle choice, as opposed to the sin that it so clearly is called in scripture, we fail to give these individuals the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. The New Testament is not silent on this issue.
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
And 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
When we tell individuals that it’s okay to be gay we have a hand in their damnation. Pastors and teachers are held to a higher standard and any teaching such false doctrine will answer before a holy and just God. Men such as these come teaching a doctrine other than that taught by the Apostles. The scriptures also show us how to deal with such:
Galatians 1:8 says:
“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
Furthermore 2 John 1:10-11 says:
“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”
These are very serious passages. As 2 John points out we are to have no part with such evil individuals and Galatians says “let him be accursed.” It is time for these churches to stand up and say that they refuse to be the blind being lead by the blind.
I have removed any reference to the name of the Presbyterian church or the Pastor in question because I do not seek to humiliate him. Those in such churches will know. I made effort to speak with this Pastor but he refused to respond to my last email and said that he considered the conversation effectively finished.
I hope and pray that you will not be offended by this message, as that is not my intent. However, I do not believe that God would have you be ignorant of what is taking place around us. When Gods word is regarded as nothing but “good advice” that we can take or leave, as we so please our churches loose all authority and individuals will remain unchanged in their sins. God has not called us to be popular. He has called us to be his message bearers.
Directly from the PCUSA website: