Time to Come Out

The following is from an Independent Baptist newsletter I receive. I’ve taken the liberty to break the article into smaller paragraphs for easier reading.

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PRESBYTERIANS APPROVE “GAY MARRIAGE”
(Friday Church News Notes, June 27, 2014,
http://www.wayoflife.org,
fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143)

– The following is excerpted from “Presbyterians Vote to Allow,”ChristianHeadlines.com, June 20, 2014: “The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Thursday (June 19) to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church, making it among the largest Christian denominations to take an embracing step toward same-sex marriage. By a 76-24 percent vote, the General Assembly of the 1.8 million-member PCUSA voted to allow pastors to perform gay marriages in states where they are legal.

Delegates, meeting in Detroit this week, also approved new language about marriage in the church’s Book of Order, or constitution, altering references to ‘a man and woman’ to ‘two persons.’ This change will not become church law until a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries vote to ratify the new language. But given the lopsided 3-1 ratio of the vote, approval is expected. …

The Presbyterian Lay Committee, which opposes gay marriage, urged congregations to launch a financial boycott out of protest. ‘The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them,’ the group said in a statement. … ‘You should refuse to fund the General Assembly, your synod, your presbytery and even your local church if those bodies have not explicitly and publicly repudiated these unbiblical actions.’

‘God will not be mocked,’ the statement continued, ‘and those who substitute their own felt desires for God’s unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God.’”

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For several of my growing up years, my family attended a dead, liberal Presbyterian church, which I believe is part of the PCUSA. In fact, my parents still go there, for reasons beyond my understanding.

The church used to argue among themselves about many things. No Bible believing church would think twice about them because those issues were settled quite simply by obedience to God’s word. They didn’t know the meaning of being born again and truly following Christ. The membership was sprinkled through and through with unbelievers.

I’ve probably told the following story before, but it bears repeating here because it’s relevant to the point I want to make.

When I was 16, a man named Bob Ganzel severed his membership ties. He had been a pillar in the church. He publicly stood up in a church business meeting and declared he could no longer support the Presbyterian church and the causes and people it gave money to.

Many were sad and pleaded with him to stay. Though Bob was a humble man, he stood his ground and refuse their entreaties. He and his family began attending a Baptist church in a nearby town.

It still stirs me when I recall Bob’s actions. Here was a man of God who actually stood for something and lived it. Within a couple of months I was going to church with him and his family. I’m blessed that my dad allowed this. Since I couldn’t drive, but was old enough to make certain decisions, he permitted it.

This meant quite a break in my family. We had many arguments, which I wouldn’t engage in now as an older, more mature person. Sometimes, you just can’t communicate with people, especially family.

Having said all that, if you’ve read the above article, and if you attend a Presbyterian church. get out of it now! You won’t do any good trying to turn back the tide.

Follow Bob Ganzel’s example. Go to a Bible believing church where God’s word is faithfully preached, if you can find one these days. Or do home church. But believe me, when it comes to the Presbyterians and similar mainline denominations, it’s long past time to come out.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18
14. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15. And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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