Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Defiance of Jesus Continues Among Those Who Bear His Name

The Presbyterian Church USA recently voted to allow practicing homosexuals to the ministry in defiance of the clear teaching of God's Word.  We live in a time much like the time before the monarchy in Israel: " In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."  But there is a resurrected King and he rules his people by his Word.  When people make these decisions in defiance of Jesus Christ and his Word they show that they do not truly belong to him.

I thought Albert Mohler's comments were on the mark:

The Presbyterian Church (USA) now joins the Episcopal Church (US), the United Church of Christ, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in ordaining openly homosexual candidates to the ministry.

Both sides in this controversy understand the meaning of the decision. 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.

Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.

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