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It takes no gifted seer to predict the next step in the PCA's decline - or the next, or the next after that. One only needs to take a clear-eyed look at Scripture and church history.
June 1, 2018 - Fourteen months ago I gave a presentation titled "The Presbyterian Church in America: Its Compromised Past, Present Apostasy, Spiritually Bleak Future, and Lessons to be Learned." The presentation described four disastrous developments within the PCA. The denomination's downgrade continues, with breathtaking speed, on the trajectories that this presentation described.
One of them was this: "The PCA is on a path that will lead to the official receiving of homosexuals into the membership of the church, and their admission to the Lord's table and eventually to the offices of the church." Many scoffed at that idea a little over a year ago. The scoffers must think again.
On July 26-28, 2018 the PCA's Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis will host the Revoice Conference, "Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted and other LGBT Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic Christian tradition." Among the scheduled sessions are these:
- "Experiencing Intimacy with God & Others as the Antidote for Shame in Your Sexuality"
- "A Parent's Unexpected Journey: Navigating Life with Your LGBT Child"
- "Journey to Embrace: A Conversation on Empowering the Church to Embrace the LGBT+ Community in Fresh Ways"
- "Mixed-Orientation Marriages That Work: A Panel Discussion"
- "Coming Out in the Shadow of the Cross: Queer Visibility as Redemptive Suffering"
What The PCA Has Forgotten
Like so many other churches today, the PCA has forgotten that the one true Gospel is the Gospel of repentance:
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:10)
Then He [Jesus] said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. (Luke 24:46-48)
But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom Heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:18-21)
Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. (Acts 8:22)
...but now [God] commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. (Acts 17:30-31)
There is no such person as a "Christian queer" any more than than there is such a thing as an unrepentant "Christian murderer," "Christian idolator," or "Christian whoremonger" (Revelation 22:15). The only homosexual who will ever enter the Holy City is one who has repented and turned from that abominable sin. As the Holy Spirit declares to the Church through Paul:
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. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God....
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 harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 15-20)
Apostasy That Demands Separation
Of course, the PCA's departure from the faith began long ago with its involvement in neo-orthodoxy and neo-evangelicalism - which in turn have roots in Christian academia's departure from upholding Scripture as the inspired, infallible, Word of God and embrace of a naturalistic view of Scripture as the optional, twistable words of men.
Just as incredible as the PCA's breathtaking downfall is the insistence by many who claim to uphold the Word of God that they will stay and somehow fight this spiritual devastation through the PCA's corrupt judicial system. Dear friends, God did not tell us to do that. He told us to leave, and to be a faithful remnant fully separated unto our Father:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."
"I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)
Dear reader, if you are still in the PCA - whether pastor, elder, deacon, or regular church member - it is well past time to come out. Christ the coming Judge will honor nothing else. You will be far better off to worship Him in your home alone as Daniel did, or with a small group of like-minded true believers in Christ outside what we consider a conventional church setting, than to remain in fellowship with the PCA's growing darkness.
As our Lord Himself warned concerning the Sodoms and Gomorrahs of this world, "Remember Lot's wife" (Luke 17:32).
Additional Articles on the PCA's Decline:
- The PCA Refuses to Give Biblical Marriage Constitutional Status
- The PCA's Apostasy: No More Lines in the Sand
- Is It Biblical to Ordain Women?
- Tim Keller: Dangerously Influential
- What Happens When Churches Employ the 'Hermeneutic of Trust'?
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