Sexual Confusion in the Presbyterian Church in America…

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-5-33-07-pmAn article written by PCA Chaplain Chuck Williams recently surfaced. Chaplain Williams brought charges against Christ Presbyterian Church‘s Senior Pastor Scott Sauls in the Nashville Presbytery based upon the toxic teaching at CPC’s Same-Sex Attraction Forum (April 2015). The results of Williams’ quixotic mission are chronicled in his article. Pastor Sauls responded here with some bad Christology, flowery emoting, and antinomian hand-wringing.

Chaplain Williams posted a link to his article on a Facebook group comprised of 1600 PCA teaching elders and ruling elders. As you might suspect, he was promptly dragged through the mud by men who think there is nothing sinful about men desiring men and women desiring women. Williams handled himself well. A few of the men who opposed Williams on his FB post were those who argued in a similar manner for the formation of the study committee on women’s ordination on the floor of this year’s General Assembly (transcripts here). As you look at the history and trajectory of other denominations, the ordination of women and acceptance of homosexuality, effeminacy, and sexual perversion quickly follows. It is now conceivable that the PCA is attempting to outdo those denominations by simultaneously opening the offices of Christ’s Church to women and promoting the acceptance of homosexual perversion.

Last year when CPC’s SSA Forum was still fresh, a few volunteers made transcripts of all of the videos. After studying those transcripts, I teamed up with a few others to write some articles. You can find them here:

How should the church approach homosexuality (I): Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville; a case study…

How should the church approach homosexuality (II): the removal of masks…

How should the church approach homosexuality (III): Homosexual desires are sin…

How should the church approach homosexuality (IV): what Scott Sauls gets right…

How should the church approach homosexuality (V): “Biblical friendship” as a Trojan horse?…

How should the church approach homosexuality (VI): Who is exempt from pursuing marriage?…

Here is one of my contributions to the series (part II of the previous links)… And please pray that God would use the division occurring in the PCA for the repentance of His people, the purity of the Church, and the revealing of those who are approved. Continue reading

Obama’s attack on the Gospel…

At the core of God’s Word is this truth: man is sinful. From Adam—the first man—sin spread to all mankind: “…through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). We are born sinners who sin. Therefore, when the Son of God took on flesh and lived among men there came an announcement appropriate to the context of the sinfulness of mankind: “He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). When Jesus began preaching he contextualized perfectly: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

That the One who came to save His people from their sins was a preacher of repentance should not be lost on us. “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4). That Jesus came preaching repentance was God’s tolerance toward you and me. He said what you are is not good, therefore, repent. To the sexual immoral, Jesus says repent. To the thief, Jesus says repent. To the covetous, Jesus says repent. To the drunkard, Jesus says repent. To the fornicator, Jesus says repent. To the idolater, Jesus says repent. To the blasphemer, Jesus says repent. To the self-righteous, Jesus says repent. To me, Jesus says repent. To you, Jesus says repent.

At every point where the unchanging Law of God reveals a knowledge of sin, you and I are called to repent.

Why? Because “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Heb 9:27). There is a judgment to come where the repentant will meet their Savior and the unrepentant will meet their uncovenanted Judge.

This is the Christian faith. God’s Word teaches these truths for the good of our own sinful souls, and we announce them for the good of every sinful soul in the world. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). Praise God there is that one way…open only to those who repent and believe.

To not announce such glories would be the worst kind of cruelty. To allow someone to persist in his sin until he dies is unkind and merciless. To not call for all men everywhere to repent is to denounce the tolerance of God.

Someone once told me I was a blasphemer and a foul-mouthed jerk…using the words of James 3. I repented by the grace of God. And Scripture has continued the same annihilation of my sinful nature, inherited from Adam. Everywhere proud, everywhere lusting, everywhere envious, everywhere unkind. And I, by the grace of God, hope to continue in repentance until the day I die…and then inherit my reward.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:9-11).

In hellish contrast, watch this video released by the Obama administration:

Contrast the worldview of this video with what I laid out above from the Scriptures. Repentance—the kindness of God, remember—is the enemy. The gospel of “such were some of you” is intolerable. In its place—all dressed up in the language of affirmation and love—is bondage to sin and the damnable weight of an ever-changing law.

So devastatingly sad. But Christians will continue to preach the gospel of such were some of you until our governing officials make us shut-up. This video makes clear such silence is the desire of our President. In the meantime, we will preach repentance because we love our Savior, the friend of sinners, and because we love sinners.

It is those who reject repentance that hate souls.

Another brick in the wall…

Yesterday President Obama announced that he will push to make it illegal to call homosexuals to repentance. Once the transition from man to “woman” or woman to “man” is complete, there will be no help for the conscience of the man or woman who discovers the disaster of sin and the glory of God’s design. Transitioning is a one-way street, they say, though they assert that gender is a choice, a social construct, a choose-your-own-adventure tale. Such moral clarity…

Christian, are you ready for Biblical sexuality itself to be outlawed? Are you ready for fertility to be restricted? Are you preparing yourself and your children to obey God rather than man?

Gay mirage in SC…

The recent SCOTUS silence has given courage to state judges bending over backwards for sodomy. Charleston County (SC) Probate Judge Irvin Condon issued a marriage license to a relative—Charleston County Councilwoman, Colleen Condon— and her lover. Despite a constitutional amendment passed by 78% of the voters of SC in 2006 defining marriage as marriage, Judge Condon issued this license. We’ll now see whether SC Attorney General Alan Wilson stays true to his word to uphold the will of the people of SC.

Meanwhile, let’s not forget that judges can be impeached. In SC there are three ways:

  • The commission on judicial conduct is authorized to investigate complaints of judicial misconduct and incapacity. Disciplinary counsel appointed by the supreme court evaluates each complaint and either dismisses the complaint or conducts a preliminary investigation. If evidence supports the complaint, a full investigation is authorized. If the investigation supports the filing of formal charges, a hearing is conducted, after which a recommendation is made to the supreme court for sanctions, dismissal, transfer to inactive status, retirement, or removal.
  • Judges may be impeached by a two-thirds vote of the house of representatives and convicted by a two-thirds vote of the senate.
  • Judges may be removed by the governor upon the address of two thirds of each house of the general assembly.

So, write to your state representative, asking him to begin the impeachment process against Judge Condon, and then pray that God would make him courageous enough to stand in the gap. And pray that Alan Wilson will have courage, too.

Update 10/9/14: Attorney General Wilson has petitioned the SC Supreme Court for an injunction: “…a public official may not refuse to follow State law because ‘he thought the law unconstitutional.'”

Update 2 10/9/14: The SC Supreme Court has issued the injunction petitioned for by the AG.

The preciousness of homosexual sin…

620x400_HomosexualityThe PCA is increasingly concerned about being a denomination that speaks the truth in love to those who love the sin of sodomy. ByFaith says that we must “stand firm on biblical teachings about homosexuality without alienating people who desperately need Jesus.” They ask, “How can the PCA uphold biblical teachings without excluding so many who need the good news of Jesus Christ?” In my mind, this kind of hand-wringing and question-asking is code-language for how do we hide what God has openly said about homosexuality in His Word from those who love sodomy. God has spoken clearly (does He speak any other way?) and without mincing words, calling sodomy an “abomination” (Lev. 18:22) and “impurity” (Rom. 1:24) and “unnatural” (Rom. 1:26) and “indecent” (Rom. 1:27). He warns that those who don’t repent of the sin of effeminacy and homosexuality will earn for themselves condemnation (1 Cor. 6:9-10). Now, please don’t try to convince me that the Holy Spirit somehow spoke truth without love in those passages of His inerrant Word…

Because of a prevailing view in our culture regarding homosexuality, we are repeatedly warned by confused church leaders that those committing this sin need to be handled with special care, at a slowed pace, with different love, with peculiar wisdom and tenderness. Of course we are to love sinners, that is a no-brainer. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. To not love sinners is not to love. But why this hand-wringing over homosexuality? Could it be that the hand-wringing arises not because of the complicated nature of the sin of homosexuality but because of embarrassment over God’s handling of this sensitive matter?

To demonstrate the strange absurdity of this singling out of one sin, let me grab another sin which if not repented of will earn a man condemnation. This one’s listed right next to effeminacy and homosexuality in 1 Cor. 6: idolatry. Now, let me take that particular sin and put it in place of some words about homosexuality in a few paragraphs from the ByFaith article…

As idolatrous lifestyles and idolatry march relentlessly toward social acceptance, PCA leaders and congregations face a quandary: how to stand firm on biblical teachings about idolatry without alienating people who desperately need Jesus. Many in the PCA insist that the question can no longer be ignored.

Freeman has been attending the PCA General Assembly for more than 25 years. During that time, he says, scores of elders have come to him—heads hung low—hoping to talk privately about their own struggles, including attraction to idols. “Typically I’m the first person they’ve confided in,” he says. “They often confess…in tears.”

For Wheeler, the challenge is finding the balance between standing for what God says and at the same time treating idolaters like everyone else—human beings worthy of love and respect and created in God’s image. “They are sinners, just like all of us,” Wheeler says.

In his book, “The Briarpatch Gospel,” Wheeler offers poignant stories about his interactions with idolaters and those attracted to idols during his years at All Souls. During one conversation he told an idolatrous attendee at his church, “Your being an idolater doesn’t put you into some special category of sinner. It just mean you struggle to follow Jesus, just like I do. You and I are both called to conform our lives to the righteousness of Christ, and you and I are both going to fail miserably at times. But I am willing to walk that road with you for as long as it takes.”

“We start with the Gospel and explain God’s design for worship, and then we explain—compassionately and kindly—that every expression of worship outside of His plan misses the mark.” We want to let people know that God is pro-worship, Freeman says. Otherwise, we’ll become known as the ‘that’s bad, that’s sin, you shouldn’t do that’ denomination.

Now, I hope you see the strangeness, if not absurdity, of such a program. Would we approach a man who bowed down eight times a day to a 24-foot tall wooden statue he erected in his backyard with such nuance and ambiguity? I hope not. We would lovingly plead (that’s redundant) with an idolater that they give up their idolatry and turn to the living God. In fact, we’d go find an ax, some gasoline, and a lighter and roast hotdogs over the flames while reading the story of Gideon. That is where we would start the process…because we know what God has promised for idolaters. We know that we are not to crave evil things (1 Cor. 10:6-7). We would pray that God would work in that man just as he did in the Christians of Thessalonica, who “turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God (1 Thess. 1:9). We would love him enough to risk being labeled a ‘that’s bad, that’s sin, you shouldn’t do that’ Christian. And should he prove his repentance and faith in Christ, he would be welcomed to the Table of the Lord—around which are seated the Fellows of the Such-Were-Some-Of-You, all those who gave up fornication, idolatry, adultery, stealing, coveting, drinking, swearing, and homosexuality for love to Jesus.

One of the claims of the ByFaith article is that sinners who sin homosexually are like any other type of sinner. I agree with that but the author of the article and many of those quoted in it betray their thoughts to the contrary. Effeminacy and homosexuality do indeed fall between adultery and thievery in Paul’s list in 1 Cor. 6. But the confusion of many today is demonstrated in that they desperately seeking a way to treat homosexuality as a different kind of sin, the kind of sin that requires support groups on Christian campuses, the kind of sin that particularly needs truth spoken in love.

It is almost as if those who make such arguments have never seen anyone turn away from the sin of homosexuality, transformed by the renewing power of the Holy Spirit. Without such faith in the power of the Spirit, they endeavor to keep in dialogue for as long a possible those they know are engaged in the sin. At least that way we can talk to our pastor buddies about how we’ve been engaged in open, loving, respectful, and pleasant dialogue with some homosexual brothers who are open to the gospel. As long as they remain open to the gospel, they aren’t rejecting it…and that leaves more time to nuance God’s Word. As if repentance is due to our kindness, rather than the kindness of God…

The queering of USC Upstate…

It should come as no surprise that an American university, even in the State of South Carolina, is pushing sexual perversion. University of South Carolina Upstate, in our own backyard in Spartanburg, is promoting a performance-art piece called “How to be a Lesbian in Ten Days or Less.” The schedule of events for the “Bodies of Knowledge Symposium 2014: New Normals, Old Normals, Future Normals in the LGBTQ Community” includes lectures such as “The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays,” “Lesbians can be very dangerous. It’s the testosterone,” “How to Be Queer,” and “What is Sex For?” Search the websites and the academic catalogues of just about any university and you will find such topics boringly normal today.

Let me remind you, residents of South Carolina, that USC Upstate is a public institution. You paid for that April 10-11 Symposium… Continue reading

You CAN have your cake and eat it too…

I know the following thoughts are obtuse, off-topic, and, in a major way, completely missing the point. There are real threats to freedom of religion and freedom of speech at the root of the lawsuits against Christian business owners these days…but…here goes…

I’d be willing to give those fighting for homosexual mirage all the cakes, photographs, and floral arrangements for their faux-ceremonies if Christians would return to thinking of the marriage ceremony as something more than an opportunities to play gay for a day (…fashion, photography, gourmet food, dancing…).

The wedding ceremony was not referred to as the solemnization (i.e. to celebrate with solemnity or to dignify) of matrimony just to sound cool. The wedding ceremony is vow-taking before a Holy God with a church full of witnesses. Well, that is what it used to be… Continue reading

Moral clarity from Phil Robertson…

In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame talked about homosexuality. His remarks, which Denny Burke unhelpfully deems “unhelpfully crude and explicit,” draw attention to the ick factor of sodomy and are indeed helpful in reminding Christians just exactly what President Obama and our Supreme Court Justices prefer to religious freedom. Robertson said…

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

The zealots of the New Sexual Orthodoxy (NSO) have begun raving about Robertson’s blasphemous views. “Backwoods fool called our appetites sin! Down with the Duck Commander!” Their chorus sings in a perfect unison of outrage. They know very well that those in power have been converted to their religion. They know freedom of speech does not protect those who speak of sodomy, homosexuality, and abortion as God’s Word speaks of them. They know freedom of religion does not protect those who call all men everywhere to repent of sodomy, homosexuality, and abortion. The precious sacraments of the NSO must be defended: sodomy and abortion. Anal sex and child murder.

Anal sex and child murder…

Anal sex and child murder…

Christian, do you need any more proof of the depravity of man, the train wreck that is the mind without the Word of God, the hopelessness of man outside of Jesus Christ…

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe (1 Cor. 1:20-21).

A&E Network, a denomination of the NSO, has suspended Robertson for his “personal beliefs” as they called them…

We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty’…. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.

Look for the NSO to coax an apology out of Phil Robertson in coming days. I also expect there will be a strong backlash against the vagina…

 

Potential heart attacks must be avoided at all costs; potential sodomy is no concern…

Check out the concern the Boy Scouts in America show for campers arriving at their Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. Because the program at the national jamboree takes some serious physical effort, no young man with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher will be allowed to attend. If your BMI falls between 32.0 and 39.9 the Jamboree Medical Staff has to make a special exception for you to be able to attend. Such noble discrimination…

Let’s not forget that the BSA recently gave sodomites protected status: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The BSA demonstrates their moral confusion by showing grave concern for the hearts of heavier scouts while showing reckless abandon when it comes to the sexual health of their campers. The possibility of an obese scout taking a 12-mile hike having an asthma attack is a grave concern; that a scout be placed in awkward sexual situations–team exercises, tents, swimming, showers–is a protected right. Imagine a boy scout being invited to participate fully in the national jamboree of the Girl Scouts–team exercises, tents, swimming, and showers. Do you think the mothers and fathers of those young women and that young man would be concerned for their physical well-being, not to mention the spiritual consequences? Only an idiot would say no. Only those who believe there is no real physical danger or defilement in sexual contact would say no. Only those who have no regard for the physical and spiritual good of their campers would say no.

The BSA is saying no, no, no, no, no…