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Well its been proven. Although homosexual activists claim you cant “pray away the gay”, some churches are bypassing praying for voting. This time its a church in the belly of the beast. From Charisma Magazine:
Menlo Park Presbyterian is based in the San Francisco Bay area and led by well-known author and pastor John Ortberg. It is the ninth-largest PCUSA church, with about 4,000 members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The motion to leave the PCUSA was approved by 93 percent of the church’s members who voted, with 2,024 ballots in favor of the motion and 158 ballots opposed, according to a letter posted by Ortberg. Menlo Park determined that to keep its property and leave the denomination would cost $8.89 million, based on a summary for dismissal agreement.
“This is a major milestone, and not an ending but a beginning. There’s a lot yet to come of what Dallas Willard called the unique life of spiritual adventure in living with God daily — entering fully into the good news that Jesus has brought, for ourselves, and for us as a church,” Ortberg wrote.
A Menlo Park spokeswoman did not return calls for comment.
The church voted to join a newer denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, which has attracted 115 other Presbyterian churches since it started in 2012. In its rationale for leaving, Menlo Park cited differences in identity, mission, governance and owning its property.
Earlier, the influential and wealthy First Presbyterian Church in Houston narrowly voted to stay with the doctrinally errant denominational parent. The Houston Chronicle reported the congregation voted heavily in favor of the move but falling short of the supermajority needed for approval.
GCM Watch congratulates both churches for their exceptional bravery and commitment to upholding biblical standards of morality.
One of the largest, wealthiest and most influential Presbyterian congregations in the country is about to break from its corrupted parent organization because of homosexuality. And we couldnt be happier! Via the Houston Chronicle:
An influential, wealthy Houston church is considering a split from the nation’s largest Presbyterian body as it is embroiled in a national debate between those who want to take a more conservative view of the Bible and those who support measures to make room for gay marriage, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The First Presbyterian Church, the oldest such congregation in the city, will vote next Sunday on whether it wants to remain with Presbyterian Church USA or join a breakaway faction that wouldn’t allow for gay clergy or marriage.
Similar debates are going on in Presbyterian churches nationwide since Presbyterian Church USA, which has more than 10,000 churches and 1.8 million members, decided to allow local congregations to choose whether they want to ordain gay clergy. The Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, the largest such congregation in the state, has already joined forces with the breakaway movement, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Another Houston church is also in the process of joining the evangelical group.
The First Presbyterian Church has more than 3,000 worshippers at its main location in the city’s museum district, as well as several smaller member churches elsewhere in Houston. It also has property and assets valued at more than $100 million and 175-year history. Some of its members sit on powerful boards and hold elected office.
The religious left’s invitation to “dialogue” is more than enough reason to refuse it. The religious left is made of a compendium of deceptive movements that have no intention of acknowledging the truth and authority of scripture. So what’s there to talk about?
In a prelude to his visit to Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued a statement reminding Anglicans of the commitment the Church of England made eight years ago to the pastoral care and support of everyone, including homosexuals. But African Anglican leaders made no such covenant. Providing “pastoral care and support” is deceptive. What Justin Welby means is that they want homosexuals to be accepted as equal members of the communion WITHOUT having to repent of their sins like everyone else who desires the fellowship of the saints.
Its pastoral to tell homosexuals the truth and not lie to them about the eternal state of their souls should they reject God’s call to repentance. God loves everyone, but has been clear about his kingdom. Those who refuse to repent will not have part in it. 1 Cor 6:9-11. It is a pastor’s sacred duty to firmly convey this in love to all sinners, including homosexuals. That’s the real gospel of inclusion.
Kenya’s Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, chairman of the Global African Future Conference Primates’ Council, said the move would project the Church of England’s problems onto the communion as a whole.
“Without clear understanding of biblical authority and interpretation, such dialogue will spread confusion and open doors for false interpretation of the gospel,” said Wabukala in a pastoral letter. “I cannot commend the proposal.”
Wabukala termed the College of Bishops’ proposal deeply disturbing, given the intensive debate within the communion on the subject.
“The underlying problem is whether or not there is a willingness to accept the Bible for what it is, the word of God,” said Wabukala.
In Uganda, Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali said in a statement that homosexuality is incompatible with Scripture.
Archbishop Wabukala takes the same wise reasoning stance as Nehemiah. When there is no admission of submission to biblical authority on the part of the religious leftists, there is no basis for dialogue.
Good move by the Southern Baptist denomination. This can be an excellent template for all bible-trusting denominations to begin building a dialogue strategy untainted by the poison of gay christian ideology. From the Christian Post:
The Southern Baptist Convention plans to host a summit about human sexuality and its relation to the Gospel in order to equip pastors and church leaders to speak about related issues within their own congregations.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Leadership Summit, led by President Russell D. Moore, will address topics ranging from pornography and teen sex to homosexuality.
“As technology advances and the culture changes, the questions that we have to grapple with are often increasingly complex,” said Moore, in a statement. “We’ll talk about these questions, and how we can be faithful in ministry, gospel-focused in engagement and Christ-shaped spiritual warriors in the ways we seek to wrestle with the principalities and powers of this age.”
The event scheduled for April 21-23 in Nashville, Tenn., will include speeches, panel discussions and breakout sessions that will focus on “how the gospel shapes our sexual identities, redeems sexual desire and sets free those who are held captive to sin’s bondage.”
Speakers will include several Southern-based pastors and ministry leaders who will moderate dialogues related to sex trafficking, biblical manhood and American sexuality, among other topics. According to Moore, these and other issues have become critical conversations within the church that pastors did not deal with a generation ago.
Becoming a mouthpiece for satan has an intended side effect. Its called a strong delusion. More and more we are seeing the church of babylon and its false prophets desperately throw themselves into fire for their master. The latest: the very reverend (and very false) Gary Hall, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral. The “national cathedral” is under Episcopalian witchcraft. What is it about these creepy looking old white men in dying liberal churches who fancy themselves as saviors of the ‘gay youth’ population? Using the now debunked Matthew Shepherd “hate crime” narrative as the basis of his delusional lie, Hall blamed churches across the country for influencing American beliefs about homosexuality. [I want to say that I am personally guilty of this charge and will continue openly influencing.]
We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. They are sin. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin,” Hall asserted. “Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them fully as they are.”
Hall continued on spouting off typical gay activist talking points about sexual expression but made sure to pull out of his bag of tricks the “gay is a gift” lie first floated by gay christian heretic Mel White. In an interview with reporters following the message, Hall said that he believes “sexual orientation is a gift, and the religious question should be about how they responsibly use that gift.”
Newsflash, Gary Hall: there is no ‘responsible way to sin’. All sin is encoded with deadly consequences no human can hope to escape except by repentance and faith in Christ. Your lifetime False Teachers Club of America card is in the mail.
And since when did sin become a gift from God? The bible teaches all good and perfect gifts come from God” (James 1:17). If sin is good, then Hall is a direct descendant of Jeffery Dahmer. The only “god” who would give sin as a gift is satan. Hall and false teachers of his ilk wont tell you that the wages of sin is death. Its all about a tragic blame game, with sexually confused children caught as pawns in their evil schemes.
But there are also false prophets among the people, even as there are false teachers among you who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Pet 2:1
Several rather strange (and tragic) events happened over the last few weeks involving members of the Church of God in Christ denomination.
STOMP JESUS controversy – A professor at Florida Atlantic University who demanded that students write Jesus’ name on a piece of paper and then stomp on it has been placed on administrative leave due to concerns for his personal safety. Deandre Poole, a member of Lighthouse COGIC in Ft Lauderdale came under fire for the bizarre exercise after one student refused to participate and was subsequently threatened with suspension. Poole claims he was “just doing my job”. More here
FOLK STAR GAY controversy – Michelle Shocked was a celebrated folk singer whose schedule was packed with venue appearances around the country. That was until she unexpectedly unleashed on homosexuals and gay marriage during the second half of her concert in San Francisco with a sizeable group of gays in the audience. Shocked sharply rebuked homosexuals and repeated several epithets including telling them “God hates fags”. Shocked is a long time member of West Angeles COGIC pastored by Bishop Charles Blake. The fallout has been even stranger.
EASTER SUNDAY MUSLIM EXECUTION – Members of the Hiawatha COGIC in Ashtabula, Ohio were traumatized after Easter Sunday service when a 25 year old man shot and killed another man outside the church then entered yelling Muslim statements typically associated with executions in the name of Allah. Turns out the shooter, Reshad Riddle was the son of the murder victim. Full story here