A Needed Response to "Gay" Ordination Madison - church members file complaint over ordination of gay man
Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
EDITOR: The recent furor over the ordination of "gay" men into the office of pastor is increasingly common. Now the Presbyterians are debating this issue. The regional (in Madison) win for those promoting "gays" into the office of pastor will eventually become an issue for the national synod. The Presbyterians have a wonderful history in America as well as many other parts of the world. Even George Whitefield, the famous and greatly used Evangelist during the Great Awakening in the 1730's and 40's ended up with the Presbyterians at the end of his life. The lead proponent the Lord used in the Second Great Awakening (ca. 1800) was two Presbyterian pastors, James Gready and J. B Stone of Kentucky. Having read hundreds of sermons, books and works by Presbyterians, I am ever thankful for how God used the Presbyterians throughout America's history. Princeton, the last well known school of the Presbyterians, gave way to the full liberalization of that school when J. G. Machen finally left in 1929 and started the Orthodox Presbyterian movement which exists to this day. There have been other splinter groups that have continued with some Gospel, such as the PCA movement, but the mainline Presbyterian Church has all but lost the Gospel. Proof? This issue of the ordination of a man involved in open immorality into the office of pastor. What a disturbing and sad state the Presbyterians have come to. I feel for the Presbyterian churches that want to stay in the denomination to be a witness for Christ. But the Bible states to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." May the Lord give grace to Presbyterians who are born again and Presbyterian churches that are sound in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to leave this mainline denomination and start over with a clear testimony. It would be a big step, but a Biblical and blessed step.
Many years ago the American Baptist Convention was abandoned by sound believers. Looking back, it was the best thing they could have done. Thousands of Baptist churches exist throughout America that preach the Gospel plainly because of this needed departure. Liberalism theologically is nothing less than the outward evidence of a denomination that no longer believes in the authority of the Bible nor the death of Jesus Christ as the only means to satisfy the wrath of God directed towards sinful man. And it makes it undeniably plain when open immorality is countenanced in the leadership of its denominational "churches."