How to Respond?
I have been researching the beliefs and actions of our PCUSA leadership for over three years now. I have also had direct experience based on my three year term as a Presbytery Commissioner. That’s a total of almost seven years, spanning 2011 through 2018. What has occurred over that time and how should we respond?
Since 2011 the PCUSA lost well over one-million members (1,070,777) and gained far less than a half-million (469,739). That amounts to a net loss of over 600,000 Christians. Over the same time period over 1,200 churches have exited the denomination or ceased to exist. These cold statistics point to the devastation of human relationships and to the destruction of a once vibrant community of Christian faith. These are people and churches who have given up on the PCUSA as a Christian home. Their tragic testimony is utterly ignored, but the consequences exist regardless.
And what of those of us that choose to remain in the PCUSA who worship our Savior Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures and interpreted by our historic Confessions? We are a shrinking minority who are expected to either bow down to the false progressive god or to silently suffer humiliation as supposed racists, homophobes, you name it or to get out already.
But there is another choice. We need not bow to their false god or slink around in humiliating silence or get out. No, regardless of our declining numbers or receding power we can yet trust that “if God is for us then who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b). The elite leaders of the PCUSA have not one-tenthousandth the power of the ancient Roman Empire or the current People’s Republic of China. It thus should not require super-human faith or courage to stand up to them. And yet we fail to do so.
Its time to start confronting these self-presumed theological, intellectual and moral betters. We should demand that they answer for their reign of denominational destruction. Why do they ordain atheists and reward heretics? How do they justify denying the Christian God? How do they explain the virtually perfect correspondence between their Christian “social justice” positions and those of the secular Progressive political movement? How do they explain the direct contradiction between Christ’s definition of marriage and their policy on Christian marriage? Why do they continue to feign allegiance to our historic Confessions while utterly ignoring them? Why do they exclude Scripture’s testimony? Why do they have a boutique ideologically-tainted “theology” for every identity group and progressive political position? How do they know that Jesus Christ would support each and every position of a godless secular political organization? Why do they reject Biblical truth but demand that we submit to their admitted arbitrary human “truths”? Why do they make a mockery of their ordination vows and teach others to do the same? Why do they deny Biblical sin but embrace the concept of secular ideological sin? By what right do they pretend to a moral superiority that their actions show to be utterly unwarranted?
To sum up all of the above apostasy, dishonesty and destruction, why do they pretend to be pious, orthodox Christian leaders? If this seems extreme then you are living in a state of denial. For, if a PCUSA member can get through the above material (which only scratches the surface) and still trust that our leadership has the slightest loyalty to orthodox Reformed Christianity then the only option is denial.
The fact that the Rev. Kershner so openly rejected the Christian God suggests that she believes the denomination to now be comprised only of supporters or deniers. Thus she brazenly made her statement in the sure knowledge that no one in Fourth Presbyterian, the Presbyrery, Synod or General Assembly would rise to object. And, that silence would allow her to go on pretending to be a pious, orthodox Christian pastor doing her level best to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I single her out not because her’s is an extreme case, but rather because she is a contemporary and unmistakable representative of our denominational leadership.
Well, I object, and will not silently accept any of this. I don’t care if no one or thousands join me. My responsibility lies in being true to what Jesus Christ has done.
I understand that each of us has only so much time, energy, knowledge and skills. I contribute in what I believe to be the best use of the gifts that God has given me. Others will choose to contribute in their own ways. But the point is that we are called to testify to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as God has given us the specific gifts to so do. If we, each in our own way and time, choose to stand on that holy ground then we can remain in the PCUSA without shame or fear. And, by God’s providential power we will make a difference even if we don’t see it in our lifetimes.
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 11:39 – 12:3 (NIV)