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For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities Revelation 18:3-5
Like many biblically faithful US churches, Puerto Rican churches are breaking off from the PCUSA over its apostate stance on homosexuality and denial of biblical authority. When a ship is sinking, its foolish to remain onboard when there is a life raft waiting nearby.
In an act of full obedience to biblical authority, this past Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, the congregation of Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Bayamón (First Presbyterian Church in Bayamón), located in Santa Rosa Community, resigned in plenary from the Presbyterian Church of United States of America (PCUSA) and declared itself an independent Reformed Presbyterian congregation, under the name Iglesia Presbiteriana Westminster (Westminster Presbyterian Church), seeking to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
This action, which included over 250 signers, was taken mostly due to the arbitrary and repressive positions assumed by the Commission for Evaluation, Education and Resolution of the Presbytery of San Juan, after the Bayamón congregation communicated their opposition to the position assumed by the PCUSA regarding: 1) the authority of the Holy Scriptures, 2) the centrality of the work of Christ, 3) abortion, 4) same-sex marriage and 5) the ordination of homosexuals, among other topics; and requested to transfer their membership to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) denomination in the United States.
Said spokesman Rev. Juan Ramón Rivera Medina, “In light of this oppressive situation, the Session, myself, and the congregation have decided to obey the Word of the Lord. We did not want to submit to the theologically liberal policies of our former denomination, and as faithful believers in the Word, we decided to leave behind all material possessions and carry firmly onward.”
The leadership of the Presbyterian Church USA PCUSA isn’t playing with a full deck. Whoever is in charge seems to be intentionally sabotaging the denomination, like a type of religious assisted suicide. Why? Their dogmatic my-way-or-the-highway approach to gay theology. Gay theology supposes that homosexuals must be added “as is” to the church’s religious life and given full rights and privileges generally reserved for the redeemed. Instead of requiring homosexuals to be redeemed (born again) like every other sinners, the PCUSA has adopted a shab set of new non-rules. Because of it, the denomination has crumbled under blow after blow of churches leaving because the fiends in charge no longer respect what is good, right and holy. The latest to disfellowship itself is the historic Buffalo PCUSA, following others like the ones here, here and here.
The story out of Buffalo, North Carolina via Charisma Magazine:
The historic Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C. is no longer affiliated with the liberal Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. The historic Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, is no longer affiliated with the liberal Presbyterian Church of the USA.
Effective Feb. 10, 2015, the historic Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, is no longer affiliated with the liberal Presbyterian Church of the USA, which has come under fire in recent years for embracing same-sex unions in violation of scriptural teaching.
By an overwhelming supermajority, Buffalo Church members voted to separate from the denomination due to its rejection of the authority of Scripture.
“Because of our conviction of the truth of the Bible, the reality of Jesus, and scriptural morals, Buffalo Presbyterian Church has, after a long and extensive journey, successfully extricated itself from the PCUSA denomination,” said Interim Pastor Dr. Alex McFarland. “As followers of Christ, we are called first and foremost to recognize and adhere to the authority and truth of God’s Word. Embracing homosexual unions and declaring them to be blessed by God is an arrogant contradiction of this truth. Tragically, the Presbyterian Church of the USA has abandoned 2,000 years of Christian orthodoxy, and is leading others astray through its teachings. Buffalo Presbyterian Church mourns the falling away of the PCUSA, but we are constricted by our declaration of faith to look to Scripture alone as the ultimate authority on all matters of doctrine and teaching.”
Religion writer 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.
With this type of foolishness, the church will soon be home to nothing but old white women who have passed the age of even caring who comes in and out of the church’s doors.
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.