Is it any wonder that this same denomination has cast off the Word and chosen to redefine marriage? In their official statement, they wrote that their decision was “the result of deep discernment to hear God’s voice and discern God’s will.” In reality, it was not deep discernment but deep deception.
If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke to the denomination, or unless your ministry commitments to individuals make it impossible for you to leave, now is the time to make your exit.
The PCUSA has made its rejection of the Word of God official.
According to the denomination’s statement, on Thursday, June 19th “the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform ‘any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,’ where legal by state law.”
In other words, regardless of what the Scriptures plainly say, as a PCUSA minister, if you feel called to violate God’s Word and perform a same-sex “marriage,” follow your conscience, not the Bible.
This is a recipe for disaster and is nothing less than rebellion against the authority of the Word.
The statement continues, “They also approved a recommendation to change language in the Book of Order to indicate that ‘marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.'”
Not only is this completely unbiblical, since marriage in the Bible and throughout history requires a man and a woman rather than “two people,” it is also completely illogical, opening a Pandora’s Box of new possibilities.
After all, if marriage is not the union of a man and a woman, why does it require two people? Who not one or three or five? What is so special about “two”? (For a debate with a college professor where I repeatedly raised this question without receiving an answer, go here.)
Remarkably, the original language of the proposal only stated, “marriage involves a unique commitment between two people.” The words “traditionally a man and a woman” were added as a concession to conservatives and in order to secure their vote.
To address this plainly, any “conservative” who voted to approve this amendment based on the addition of the phrase “traditionally a man and a woman” needs to do some deep soul-searching and some serious repenting.