Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:40:49 AM by Dr. Scarpetta
Gone is the standard for ordination that requires pastors, ‘to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.’
Conservatives within the denomination had narrowly, but successfully resisted similar efforts over the past 15 years, but the diminished and beleaguered traditionalists lost the 87th and 88th presbyteries in last month’s effort to change the constitution.
“Progressives” had reached the needed majority and the constitution has been amended to allow for ordination of non-celibate gays and lesbians.
For centuries, the Presbyterian Church stood on the proud heritage and legacy of men like John Knox who fearlessly and valiantly stood for the truth of scripture.
Today, the modern Presbyterian Church (USA) (also “PCUSA”) bears little resemblance to its noble ancestry.
The PCUSA has showed a constant, measurable decline for at least 40 continuous years. At the current rate, the PCUSA will be extinct in another 40 years.
Year after year, as their attendance numbers declined, they have held their annual gathering to try to diagnose the disease.
A prescription that included a return to the simple teaching of scripture was desperately needed—a return to founding principles.
What we have witnessed instead is more liberalism, in larger doses. The more liberal the denomination has become, the faster it has declined.
And yet every year the cry is the same: “Let’s become more liberal and (in effect) deny more scripture!”
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