I grew up in the Presbyterian Church, a little white chapel with a bell in the steeple built in 1898 by the congregation. It is still standing in Ballard, California. It is a mortuary now, attended only by dead people. The church has grown into a new, larger facility across the road.
As kids in that little church, we were taught to love God and love one another, the Great Commandment. And we were taught the basics of historic Christianity, essentials taught by many denominations: man rebelled in the Garden by the temptation of the Devil, the whole world fell into sin as a result, Jesus came to take our penalty for sin, everyone who believes in Him is forgiven and promised heaven, and the Scriptures are the inerrant and infallible Word of God.
Much of what we were taught at Ballard Church is being contradicted by the church today. The leadership just recently decided that the Word of God can mean whatever they want it to mean–and that homosexual practice, even same sex marriage, are entirely acceptable.
It is heartbreaking reading the news today about decisions made by leadership in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Regional Presbyteries must approve of this decision. This fight has been raging for years, causing much division and prompting many churches to break away. Our small congregation broke with PCUSA about a year ago after it affirmed homosexual clergy and same sex unions.
It is incredible to see people twist the Scripture to justify sin.
PCUSA leaders tell us that homosexuality is great, and that the church will now perform same sex marriage ceremonies. Homosexual practice has been condemned by the Old and New Testament Scriptures for thousands of years. Yet, the modern mind presumes to know better than the God of love.
God says ‘no’ to certain things because they are destructive.
In First Corinthians 6, we read:
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined[d] to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
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