I’m going to circle back to a comment that I made in an earlier post regarding PCUSA Rationales in support of same gender marriage. My analysis showed that across all 30 Rationales the name “Jesus” and/or “Christ” was used in barely over half (53%).
Think about that. In 14 of the 30 Rationales supporting the fundamental redefinition of Christian marriage the authors (pastors and elders all) didn’t even bother to mention “Jesus” and/or “Christ.” Thus my above cited closing comment:
The implications of these results are staggering. What we have in the PCUSA are whole Presbyteries, composed of dozens if not hundreds of ordained pastors and elders, for whom the most central concepts in orthodox Christian thought simply don’t come to mind when discussing the fundamental redefinition of Christian marriage.
That post went up on December 18, 2014. Over the ensuing three and a half years I have reported on many shocking aspects of our denominational leadership’s beliefs and actions. In some cases the assumption could be reasonably made that we were observing an aberration as opposed to a normal situation. For example, the Presbytery of the Cascades allowing an open, aggressive atheist to be a pastor for one of its churches.
Yet, there are other cases in which our denominational leadership has normalized open heresy. For example, there is the bizarre case of the embrace of Gnosticism by an ex-moderador of the PCUSA General Assembly (the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow). One might reasonably assume that this development would lead to severe criticism if not outright condemnation by the PCUSA leadership. In point of fact, it earned the Rev. Reyes-Chow a fawning article by the official PCUSA news service.
Thus the question of just where our denominational leadership stands today on the concepts of orthodox Christian thought is highly relevant. It turns out that new information is available that illuminates this question.