|The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted in committee to allow non-celibate gays in "committed relationships" to serve as clergy in their churches. This will make them the most friendly gay denomination in America. However, the 2 million membership must still vote on the issue to make it final. |
The doctrinal position used to say: "Marriage is between a man and a woman." Now it reads: "Marriage is between two people." The voting was a close call. Only 53% of the general assembly voted to approve the change. Last year also, the change was voted down by 94 of the 173 presbyteries but this year it passed.
We should not be surprised with what is happening with this denomination and others. When the Bible is no longer the "doctrinal statement" of the Church, such departure from the truth should be expected. At the Clifton Bible Church, our doctrinal statement is the Word of God. We do not "vote" on doctrine. Doctrine is doctrine. It is set in stone because it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Such truths do not change!
Some say for the Presbyterian Church to do this is madness. But actually it is not. This is normal. When men turn from the Scriptures we can expect all kinds of changes and false theology to come to the surface. The apostle Paul told us of our apostate day coming. He wrote:
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound (healthy) doctrine (teaching); but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desire; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths (lies)" (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
Notice how Change is coming about so rapidly! Change Agents are rewriting the truth and tampering with the Word of God.
We are living in apostate days. This is fulfilling prophecy before our very eyes! It was predicted in the Bible that men would "Fall Away" from the truth, and from the faith. Can you imagine what the seven year tribulation will be like? Men will "not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false" (2 Thess. 2:10). Dr. Mal Couch (7/10)