Today’s post is a little different for me. Long ago I used to be part of a Presbyterian church, it was where my wife and I got married. That is why this story is sad to me.
I read yesterday that Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, pastored by renowned author John Ortberg, has voted to leave PCUSA (Presbyterian Church of the USA) despite an exit fee of $8.89 million. This fee allows Menlo Park to keep its facility. Here is a news story covering this:
Ortberg has tried for years to work with PCUSA in avoiding the drift from biblical orthodoxy in it policies, has have others. PCUSA is losing members at an alarming rate. They declare that they have 1.8 million members, and are losing them at a rate of 60,000 members a year. But they continue to march toward the edge of the cliff by working hard to get practicing homosexuals accepted as clergy, by ordaining pastors that don’t believe Jesus is God or that there was a virgin birth, and by condemning Israel only within middle east politics.
It must be hard for those who have enjoyed the great traditions and heritage of the Presbyterian Church to see the central leadership fall away into apostasy. Even though they have a new organization, the ECO, A Covenant Order of Presbyterians, a church divorce has still happened, which feels like a ripping apart of something holy.
PCUSA has chosen friendship with the world through politically correct choices instead of the eternal truth of scripture. As a result they are pushing God out of their decision making processes, they are squandering and using up their financial resources, they are losing influence in Christendom and they are losing members at an alarming rate. They have become a spiritually corrupt church organization. This so much reminds me of these verses:
Gal 6:7-8 – Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. ESV
And from the Old Testament:
Deut 32:20 – And he said, ‘I will hide my face from them; I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness. ESV
For those of us in recovery this story is a reminder of what happened to us. As we continued to mock God through our disobedient and compulsive behaviors, He hid His face from us. That is until we finally were ready to admit we were powerless over our behaviors.
The PCUSA needs a church organization recovery program, if there is such a thing.
When will they learn, when will they take notice of God?