On Bringing Our Ordination Questions into the Post-Christian PC(USA) Era, from the Presbytery of Gaia
c. Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the
Reformed [Progressive] faith [tradition] as expressed in the confessions of our church [New York Times, Das Kapital, Rules for Radicals, Silent Spring, etc.] as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture [Progressivism] leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions [Progressive traditions] as you lead the people [comrades] of God [, or nothing]?
It is long past time that we ejected this ridiculous, ancient dogma called “Reformed Theology” (see the accompanying Overture, “On Bringing our Book of Confessions into the Post-Christian PC(USA) Era — from the Presbytery of Gaia”). By our continued pretense to be under this theology we severely handicap our ability to advance towards Socialist utopia. Thus we are constantly forced to distort our positions into a form that “Reformed Theology” “supports.” For example, our support for the Black Panthers’ revolutionary violence should be loud and proud rather than hidden behind a thin veneer of faux Reformed Christian platitudes!
If anyone doubts that the PC(USA) is led by people who are first and foremost Progressive political activists, we recommend reading of the Rev. Shannon Kershner’s sermon after the 2016 Presidential Election. In it she made clear that anyone who supported the election of anyone other than the sainted Hillary Clinton is a degenerate. For example she said this.
It is about the impact, the impact that very loud hate is being expressed in some extremely vivid ways since Tuesday night.
In particular, that hate is being expressed primarily by people who look like me or who love like me or who believe like me, expressed against those who do not fit those categories. Allow me to tell you a few stories of which I have firsthand knowledge.
She goes on to list (unverified, not first but rather second or third-hand) cruel statements and actions all by (unverified) people who supposedly supported Mr. Trump for President. Can there be any doubt that this pastor who leads the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago is a highly partisan, aggressive Progressive advocate? There is no understanding, no forgiveness, no mercy for the deplorables who don’t want to be dominated by the elite Progressive class. So, let’s stop the pretense and go all in with the Rev. Shannon Kershner for Progressivism as our ideology and theology!
d. Will you fulfill your office in obedience to [your feelings about] Jesus Christ, under the authority of
Scripture [your true self], and be continually guided by our confessions [Progressive traditions]?
Our recent Rationales generated by PC(USA) Presbyteries make it absolutely clear that these changes are both accurate and supported. For example, whereas the actual Biblical texts about Jesus’ dealings with those at the margins of society was focused on delivering them from the death of sin to the new life of salvation, the Presbytery author’s “feelings” converted this into unconditional acceptance and affirmation of their sin.
Even mote clear was the Presbytery of Long Island, whose author’s “feelings” about Jesus made it unimaginable that he would not support same gender marriage.
It seemed to us unimaginable to think that Jesus would deny two people who seek to live their lives in union, with him and with each other, the ability to do so.
Since it is “unimaginable” to this Presbytery that someone who said this about marriage:
He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
would ever deny a same gender marriage, it is absolutely demonstrated that their “feelings” have far greater authoritative weight than anything that this dead and dust guy might have said 2,000 years ago!
e. Will you be governed by our church’s
polity [central committee], and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry [political activism], working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word [Progressive ideology]?
When the plebes in the pews repeatedly failed to obey the PC(USA)’s “central committee” (General Assembly) demand to affirm gay ordination they eventually achieved their goal by use of an “authoritative interpretation.” In particular, the General Assembly chose the path of democratic nullification in 2008. This article lays out what occurred. The “authoritative interpretation” did not requite Presbytery approval to go into effect. Thus, “consent of the governed” had been in effect nullified.
Why should the PC(USA) maintain the pretense of democratic governance given that the General Assembly is acting in effect as a central committee? So many deplorables have been driven out by our denomination that there is virtually zero chance for any Progressive policy to be defeated. Let’s therefore accept the efficiency of dictatorship by the General Assembly so that all of our energy can be focused on the “fundamental transformation” of the United States into a Socialist paradise!
f. Will you in your own life seek to follow
the Lord Jesus Christ [your authentic self], love your neighbors [unless they are orthodox Christians or otherwise deplorable], and work for the reconciliation [dictatorship] of the world [proletariat and/or favored identity groups]?
It is by our “authentic selves” that our “feelings” become authoritative. For example:
… it was only fitting that a select group of racial ethnic clergywomen in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – nominated by their presbytery and synod executives – gathered here in the heart of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to be inspired …
Hunter told the gathering. “Your gift to the church may be that at a certain point you figure out authentically who you are and you share your authentic self. My hope for all of you is that you get to a place where it’s your leadership and not the leadership that you think someone else wants from you.”
Note the emphasis on ethnic, gender and racial identity. We are well along the path to total embrace of identity politics and intersectionality ideology by which human beings are valued according to their race, gender, ethnicity and orientation. Drive forward faster and drive out the lowly evil people of the wrong race, gender, ethnicity and orientation!
g. Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of
the church [Progressivism]?
See all of the above.
h. Will you seek to serve the
people [proletariat and/or favored identity groups] with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love [while driving out orthodox Christians or the otherwise deplorable]?
Our recent PC(USA) Co-Moderators (both Blazingly Woke Prophets) have made it abundantly clear that we hate orthodox Christians (in a public blog post and official PC(USA) Overture, respectively). The Rev. Shannon Kershner (in a sermon from the pulpit of Fourth Presbyterian) has made it abundantly clear that we hate the deplorables who oppose our Progressive hegemony (see text on Question c.).
We have by self-definition affirmed the driving out of any otrhodox or otherwise deplorable members. Here’s an excerpt from “When We Gather at the Table: A PC(USA) Snapshot” that describes our attitudes towards more conservative PCUSA members.
They are less tolerant of conservative theologies within the denomination. Some remain hopeful that conservatives who are upset with the 221st General Assembly (2014) decisions on marriage will see that there are different ways to interpret scripture, and will choose to stay and accept the changes, over time. Others would simply be happy if the conservatives left the PC(USA), and a few offered suggestions for helping dissenting congregations to leave the denomination with grace and dignity.
There are two options described in the thinking of these “Purposeful Progressives,” (1) conform and stay and (2) get out! So let’s finish the job Progressive Christians!
Can anyone doubt we have conclusively shown that:
- recent events and statements by PC(USA) governing bodies and elite leaders have demonstrated how utterly obsolete our current ordination questions have become and,
- they no longer accurately convey the spiritual, ideological or theological characteristics required for effective leadership in the PC(USA)?
Therefore, the Presbytery of Gaia calls on the PC(USA) to undo the confusion caused by the current ordination questions and replace them with questions that enable focused, aggressive attainment of our true beliefs and purpose!