On August 24-25, 2011 a group of Presbyterians met in Bloomington, MN to discuss the pros and cons of leaving their denomination, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). The group of 2,000 described themselves as conservative in comparison to the majority of their denomination who are driving the pro-gay initiatives.
The PCUSA voted in May to allow those openly practicing homosexuality to be members of their clergy. The policy took effect in July. The more conservative group at odds with the PCUSA plans to meet in January to vote on its own policies and rules to ordain leaders while allowing members within the group to stay with PCUSA.
One pastor, Jim Singleton of Colorado, stated “With so many critical theological differences and a denomination that continues to decline, we have to ask ourselves, is there something else that God has for us?”
Another pastor, John Crosby of Edina, Minnesota, said the new group would stick to the basic tenets of Christianity such as belief that Jesus Christ is the only savior, that all scripture is inspired by God and is authoritative, and God’s kingdom is here on earth and in heaven. However, he also made another interesting statement–“We do not believe the PC USA is dying because of theological differences or because of the sexuality culture wars. I believe this denomination is dying because all of us … are failing to reach a world that is passing by the living Christ.”
Huh? It sounds to me as if Mr. Crosby did not want to be labeled a homophobe (as anyone is who speaks against the practice of homosexuality) so he made a contradictory statement to placate any criticism he might receive. The PCUSA is falling apart because it is spiritually weak because of its compromises. It considers friendship with the world as more important than obedience to God. They “are failing to reach a world that is passing by the living Christ” because they themselves are passing by the living Christ by dismissing his commandments. This dismissal of Christ’s commandments causes theological differences and the sexuality culture wars.
As the apostle James so wisely stated,
1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. [James 4]
That’s the barebones reason why there are problems in denominations such as the PCUSA and Mr. Crosby’s attempt to skirt that fact is disingenuous, in my opinion. Homosexuality has always been a sin and will always be a sin. That’s the God’s-honest truth whether or not we Christians are labeled homophobic for speaking the truth by the ungodly people of the world. The gay rights movement is not about civil or human rights. It’s about them wanting to fulfill their unbridled lust without any hindrances at the expense of other people’s constitutional rights. This is why they are working behind the scenes to get rid of “age of consent laws” to make pedophilia legal and socially acceptable. Make no mistake, America is heading toward the days of reviving the culture of Sodom & Gomorrah.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–