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Mainline denominations which have given themselves over to doctrines of devils are not enjoying a life of fruitful bliss. They are being bled dry of churches and members who decided they will not stay in fellowship with those who reject the truth of the scripture. Many left are old, white graying reprobates who think they are being progressive by teaching that homosexuality is a gift from God. GCM Watch advocates and encourages immediate and permanent separation from any organized body, any fellowship, any religious grouping which condones homosexual practices in any form. Staying will only cause you to die a slow death with them.
Thankfully some are waking up to the reality that reform with these heretics is not possible.
After a 2011 decision allowing gay ordinations, 270 congregations left in 2012 and 2013. And church analysts estimate upwards of another 100 churches may leave by the end of the year as presbyteries vote on a proposal to rewrite the church’s constitution to refer to marriage as being between “two people” instead of the union of “a man and a woman.”
In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, some 600 congregations left in 2010 and 2011 following the denomination’s 2009 decision allowing the ordination of pastors in same-sex relationships.
That the denominations’ changing stances on gay ordinations and same-sex marriages were a key factor in the exodus is without question. But new research into why congregations decided to leave reveal differences on sexuality issues were only part of a much larger divide.
Among the broader, longstanding concerns that convinced departing congregations that they no longer had a home in their denominations that Carthage College researchers found were:
• “Bullying” tactics by denominational leaders.
• A perceived abandonment of foundational principles of Scripture and tradition.
• The devaluation of personal faith.
“The ones that left said reform was not possible,” said Carthage sociologist Wayne Thompson, study leader.
You read that correctly. The ones who are the loudest shills for “love, acceptance, tolerance and understanding” are the biggest religious bullies on the block. Those who disagree with them will receive no love, no acceptance, no tolerance and no understanding. In other words, reform is not possible. Leave those who are dead to the truth to bury the dead.
David Briggs’ article further explains: Leaders of churches departing from the ELCA said along with the policy on gay ordinations that the denomination was no longer a good fit for their churches and it was important for them to disassociate with the reputation of their former governing body.
More specific reasons included claims that some ELCA leaders were “dictatorial” and that the denomination was undermining the authority of scripture and was more interested in social justice work than traditional ministry, Carthage researchers John Augustine and Brian Hansen reported.
Departing Presbyterian leaders also characterized the policy on gay ordinations as “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” but far from the sole reason.
Their concerns included claims that the denomination was overly politicized and weakening biblical authority and traditional teaching on the divinity of Jesus.
“The situation in the PC (U.S.A.) was hopeless as I see it,” said one Presbyterian pastor who left with his congregation to join the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
“Our new presbytery is … trying to help us be successful without being bullied by a denomination that has turned its back on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
As the angel asked the women looking for the risen Savior, “why do you look for the living among the dead?”
The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) should be highly commended for the inclusion of three EXLGBT Christians in their speaker lineup for its upcoming October conference in Nashville.
Among denominational bodies, none come close to the SBC’s active and ongoing engagements to educate and equip the church on its most pressing contemporary challenges.
Including former homosexuals in the dialogue helps to balance out the information perspective and affirms the redeeming work of God in the homosexual community.
In an article published in The Blaze, Pastor John MacArthur responding to questions about the Presbyterian Church USA and other religious denominations that sanction homosexuality: “They have no allegiance to the Bible,” he said. “You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church.”
With its mindless vote to sanction homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church USA proves over and over a salient truth found in Romans 1. With their final corporate sanctioning of homosexuality, they have in tandem, also approved a form of child murder and openly declared hostility towards Isreal and the people of God. When you approve of homosexuality, there’s no bottom to the wickedness you will sink into. Homosexuality is the litmus test of spiritual and moral sanity. If you allow your mind to sanction it for any reason, youre already in quicksand you cannot escape from. As the Apostle Paul wrote UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE HOLY GHOST:
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32
And the logistical consequences of voting progay are just as bizarre. Those advocating for these profane policies aren’t populating the pews in Presbyterian churches. The average church has only a few old, white people in it. That means those who are pressing for these policies have zero interest in the health of the church. Rather, they hastening its demise. Most likely so they can move on to their next target.
Mark Tooley noted that the 1.7 million member PCUSA suffered some type of spiritual meltdown, authorizing clergy to conduct same sex unions, reaffirming its commitment to largely unrestricted abortion rights, and voting to divest from three firms doing business with Israel. The PCUSA has lost over 200,000 members since 2010 but the gleeful liberals piloting the doomed ship are oblivious to that fact. Tooley estimates the entire denomination will cease to exist in a mere 20 years.
Transgenders (a person who psychologically believe they are the opposite gender) are popping up everywhere. Its almost like someone is growing them on a secret farm in the Colorado mountains. According to statistics, only a miniscule fraction of the population self identify as “transgender”. For context, its about 700k out of 320 million people. But with the mainstream media trumpeting the arrival of the transgender as if it were the second coming of Christ, it gives the false impression that these people are greater than the populations of New York and California combined.
Consequently, the Southern Baptist Convention responded like any caring, compassionate yet, truth-loving Christian organization should respond to the growing push to normalize gender confusion. They passed a comprehensive resolution explaining why social acceptance of any mental abnormality is not compatible with Christian teaching. Christ desires that people live whole lives of abundance therefore its our responsibilities as his followers to refute culture’s anything goes meme.
But Exgaywatch’s Mike Airhart decided to jump off the cliff of rational sanity by responding to the resolution with a poorly used strawman collection. Well, lets be honest, the response is like watching an overweight child in a supermarket throw a full blown tantrum because his mommy wont buy him a six pack of candy bars. A strawman for those who are unaware is very commonly used logical fallacy. It occurs when your opponent intentionally misinterprets, misrepresents or revisions your position in order to construct a false argument that’s easier to refute than your actual one. And then your opponent refutes this false argument which you never actually proposed.
Airhart begins by citing false teacher John Shore to pad his assertions with a layer of legitimacy. After all, if John Shore is opposed to the resolution, then it must be pretty jacked up, right? Necessity has forced the Christian left to create their own cadre of rolodexed “experts” and theologians who exist merely to supply superficial attaboys to gay christian dogma. John Shore is one of those very convenient people.
So to accomplish the mission, Airhart and Shore reword the resolution’s main points, fashioning them into silly, bite-sized memes intended to make their points sound ridiculous.
- Transgender people are crazy
- Transgender people are delusional
- Transgender people are rejecting God’s will
- Transgender people are rejecting God’s plan
- If transgender people would pray more they’d stop being transgender.
- Transgender people should not be protected by law.
- No law should ever in any way validate transgender people.
- It’s immoral for a transgender person to alter their body to reflect their gender identity.
- Children must be protected from the transgender people being normal.
- Hatred from the pulpit against transgender people should be practiced and protected.
- All Christians should actively teach and preach against transgender people
Such a cheap and trite attempt to smear the caring response of the Southern Baptist Convention is sad. Our advice for Mr. Airhart: get up off the floor and stop making a scene. Too much candy is very bad for your teeth and mature minds are needed to help people suffering with gender confusion.
All the evidence proves the case over and over. Every single time a denomination, church or religious group has allowed the existence of a “gay christian” entity within its spheres of influence division, rebellions, chaos and war ensues. It should be a stark warning to those organizations and church leaders observing the current hostile takeover of those carrying this spiritual virus to protect themselves, but it continues. Too bad we don’t have the spiritual equivalent of the Centers for Disease Control to warn churches of the high risk of accepting gay theology, but I digress. The only good thing that has come out of it is that the mainline denominations who are turning are also in the process losing much more than they gain. See here, here and here. For the sake of a few homosexual religion-mongers, the churches are losing millions of members, influential congregations, prolific speakers and leaders.
The latest announcement comes from well known pastor and author Kevin DeYoung who writes that his church University Reformed Church had voted almost unanimously to leave its parent organization over its acceptance of homosexuality among other equally serious issues.
On April 27, 2014, University Reformed Church (URC) voted 282-9 in favor of leaving the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and affiliating with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
The following Wednesday, the consistory of URC voted unanimously (14-0) to file a petition with the Classis of South Grand Rapids that we might leave the RCA with all our real and personal property and join the Presbytery of the Great Lakes in the PCA.
For the past three years, our church has wrestled with our place in the Reformed Church in America. We have prayed, studied, strategized, spoke, listened, prayed, asked questions, explored options, tried to discern what is in the best interest of the Kingdom, and prayed some more. We did not come to this decision lightly.
And this decision on our part does not mean that we have already left the RCA. Now that our petition has been filed, we will enter into a formal process with the classis—a series of meetings and reports which will take place over the next 6-8 months, as spelled out in detail by our Book of Church Order. We anticipate a final vote on our petition sometime in the first part of 2015.
This painful revelation comes on the heels of another announcement in April. The mortally wounded United Methodist church is facing an imminent major division over the bull headed desires of its leadership to sell the denomination out to a few religious homosexual activists. The same brutal struggles follow until there is no choice left but to leave these people to wallow in the mud they have created.
That decision didnt come after a long period where Methodist leaders despite, strong words on paper, didn’t follow their OWN laws when it came to homosexuality. The results were quite predictable. Amy Frykholm writes in the Christian Century:
A similar legislative move transpired in 1984. This time, the General Conference was considering qualifications for ordained ministry. A proposal from the floor led to the adoption of this statement: “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed, practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in the United Methodist Church.”
These two changes ushered in an era of “don’t ask, don’t tell” for United Methodist clergy. Many gay and lesbian clergy were, in fact, ordained over the next 20 years. As long as they were not vocal about their sexual orientation and no problems emerged in congregations, many bishops and district superintendents chose to ignore the language in the Book of Discipline. According to Scott Campbell, a pastor in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “The preferred style of bishops and district superintendents was: if you don’t embarrass me publicly, I won’t embarrass you.”
Activism on the issue did not cease. Some clergy announced their sexual orientation or performed same-sex ceremonies, and some were dismissed from ministry. In 1996, 1,300 United Methodist clergy signed a letter urging the General Conference to grant full acceptance to gays and lesbians. “We believe it is time to break the silence and state where we are on this issue that is hurting and silencing countless faithful Christians. We will continue our responsibility to order and discipline of the church but urge our United Methodist churches to open the doors in gracious hospitality to all our brothers and sisters in the faith.”
Unless church leaders hold fast to scripture‘s admonition to put out individuals who continue to undermine the unity of our faith, they might as well expect the same. Their churches and organizations will be torn asunder by those who come in the name of “love and acceptance.”