You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
(James 4:4)

There Can Be No Unity With Such As These

Apprising Ministries has been attempting to alert you, e.g. in pieces like Doug Pagitt And Homosexual Sin and Jay Bakker Critiques Ken Silva At Religion Dispatches , to the evil pro-gay agenda the neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church aka the Emerging Church.

You need to know that this movement is gaining even more strength and has already penetrated deeply into mainstream evangelicalism—metastasizing as a spiritual cancer carried by corrupt critical-thinking killing Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM). So I continue warning you that you really do need to understand there’s a very dark and threatening same-sex storm—now rapidly approaching hurricane force—looming just off the coast of your own local evangelical church.

Be aware that the EC’s “big tent” postmodern form of Progressive Christianity aka Emergence Christianity is a whole lot closer to the center of increasingly inclusive evangelicalism than you may even know; particularly so in your younger sectors. This Liberalism 2.0 de-formation of the Christian faith has been attacking the cardinal doctrine of sola Scriptura in the mainstream for years now, which is why you’re finding yourself having a hard time understanding some of the things your pastor’s preaching and some of the new programs you’ve seen coming into your own local church.

As more and more of mainstream evangelicalism embraces the warped philosophy (it’s not a theology) of this egregiously ecumenical anti-Chrstianity within the Emerging Church—and it will—one is then simply left with their feelings, i.e. your fallen corrupt human reasoning, as a guide in spiritual matters. Here now further example of where this always leads; and to see, one need only look at how the uber-divisive pro-gay lobby has quite literally torn apart the mainline denominations. We have yet another vivid illustration below from a Christian Post piece PCUSA Votes to Allow Openly Gay Clergy, which ran back on May 11.

It really came as no surprise when CP reporter Alison Matheson informed us that the PCUSA or:

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has become the fourth Protestant denomination in the U.S. to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. It follows a majority vote by the 173 presbyteries (district governing bodies) on Tuesday to change the body’s constitution in order to allow openly gay people in same-sex relationships to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons.

The move does away with the constitutional requirement for clergy to live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” It also ends 33 years of wrangling between supporters and opponents of the move and reverses the outcome of a key vote two years ago, when the majority of presbyteries blocked the proposal…

“We’ve been having this conversation for 33 years, and some people are ready to get to the other side of this decision,” PC(USA)’s stated clerk and highest elected official, the Rev. Gradye Parsons, was quoted by the New York Times as saying. “Some people are going to celebrate this day because they’ve worked for it for a long time, and some people will mourn this day because they think it’s a totally different understanding of Scripture than they have. I hope that going forward we can stay together and be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
(Online source)

However, as I said before, Satan is often very pious. Did you catch that? Parsons says those of us faithful to the Word of God in the Bible “will mourn” this lunacy in the Lord’s Name because we “think it’s a totally different understanding of Scripture than [we] have.” No, we mourn because such as these twist to their own destruction (cf. 2 Peter 3:16) what the Bible clearly teaches. Dr. Walter Martin (1928-1989) said of this pro-gay agenda back in the 1970′s: “What really is there to discuss; if, you believe what the Scripture says.” Precisely; but today people don’t want to hear this, and so have turned to seeking a phony unity with their Rodney King philosophy, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Well, now the PCUSA has officially ceased to be a Christian denomination as Christian Post reports yesterday that Ban Against Openly Gay Clergy Officially Lifted in PCUSA. CP reporter R. Leigh Coleman fills us in:

The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. has officially cleared the way for openly gay men and women in same-sex relationships to be ordained as clergy. The new policy goes into effect today after the church’s assembly and 97 of the denomination’s 173 presbyteries approved the change within the church’s constitution. The move represents a major change in the history of the 2.8 million-member Presbyterian denomination. (Online source)

This is all so wrong on a number of fronts; most specifically 1) women have no business in the role of elder because it’s in violation of God’s Word, and 2) “openly gay men and women,” i.e. those in active same-sex sexual relationships are in sin—period. Same-sex sexual relations will always be outside the marriage covenant implemented by our Creator. In fact, when Jesus was upon His earth the first time He told us this Himself in words anyone can understand. Note carefully you hypocrite Red Letter Christians:

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6)

You don’t need to be a quantum physicist to figure this all out; regardless of what the culture says, marriage is to be between one man and one woman, end of discussion. God said it; that settles it, and it doesn’t matter one iota whether you believe it or not. Coleman’s next quote puts the finger on the heart of the matter, and why it is that mainstream evanjellyfish gets a peek at ts own bleak future concerning the issue of homosexuality—the favorite civil rights issue of this decade:

The new policy for the Presbyterian Church becomes official on Sunday and a number of churches will mark the moment with prayer and rejoicing in their Sunday services,” according to a press release from the members of the More Light Presbyterians.
(Online source)

Um, I’d say more darkness apostates is more like it. However, here we see another example of deciding truth by feelings rather than by Scripture; and further, how “dueling revelations” will become the norm now within the mainstrean of the visible church. Here, let me help you to walk through this. These alleged more lighters, who’re kindred spirits with the EC wild goose chasers, “pray and seek God” on the issue. Then their mystic mush god with the man-shaped hole in his/her/its heart tells them that they are right with their supposedly loving gospel of Christian Universalism ala the Love Wins mythology of EC icon Rob Bell.

We cannot rule out that the one true and living God Himself is ultimately behind this delusion these in love with the self, i.e. mankind, receive (cf. 1 Kings 22:19-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). For the same reason, we also can’t rule out that more the conservative ones still left within the PCUSA will also end up receiving this same delusion. However, for our purposes here, meanwhile they also pray and seek God Who—for now anyway—says those supporting this evil gay agenda, as wolves viciously tearing apart entire denominations, are the ones in error. Now what do you do; both sides appear as nice people claiming to have heard from God. Yet, what they “hear” is diametrically opposed.

Now, both sides could be wrong; one side could be right, but they both can’t be right. Truly its ludicrous I should even have to be having a discussion like this with Christians. I used to use this exact same line of argumentation with skepics on the street; and now the visible church has so lost faith in the veracity of Holy Scripture, I’m talking with professing Christians. The answer to where do we go to settle subjective differences is to the objective standard of what God Himself has revealed as true in the Bible. However, the brain-numbing effects of CSM over this past thirteen years now within the heart of the Christian community has conditioned people to salivate like Pavlov’s dogs anytime someone speaks of “unity.”

There is also a very real and present danger within this mangling of God’s Word in order to try and make the deviant and sinful lifestyle of having sexual relations with another of the same sex i.e homosexuality a viable one for the regenerated Christian. As I pointed out recently in Jay Bakker And Nadia Bolz-Weber In Grace Fail, those who take this perverted opinion practice homopression by withholding the Gospel from the precious LGBT people, for whom Christ died, and instead merely affirming them as in right standing with God while still in their sin. Why can’t you see that? Such as these EC leaders like progressive/liberal Tony Jones[1], theologian in residence for his universalist pastor Doug Pagitt, are the ones who’re unloving.

Indeed the following from the PCUSA’s Gradye Parsons, as he joins those who speak from the world (cf. 1 John 4:5), surely sounds nice and certainly does tickle human ears (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4), “I hope that going forward we can stay together and be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” However, the regenerated child of God simply cannot “stay together” with those who would so pervert the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ Name and walk as enemies of the cross of Christ (Philippians 3:18). The fact is, as an ambassador for Christ (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:20) I have absolutely nothing in common with those who lie about God to people who are in unrepentant sin; and that no matter what sin it may be.

As the sinful world system watches, the Christian must fiercely oppose those who say to unrepentant sinners for whom Jesus shed His blood, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). For in the end, the PCUSA has now joined, “The United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church already allow the ordination of openly gay candidates,” because like Demas all those many years ago, they are in love with this present world (cf. 2 Timothy 4:10):

Mark Chaves, a professor of sociology, religion and divinity at Duke University, said the move reflected changes in American culture. “They’re making this change amid a larger cultural change. General public opinion on gay rights is trending pretty dramatically in the liberal direction,” he said. (Online source)

Since it’s beginning to appear that my time is growing short because enemy forces are pinching my financial supply lines, I’m in a position where I’ve nothing to lose by telling you plainly, here is what the Lord says to His Christians who may still happen to be within these adulterous denominations:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

If you have eyes that see, then you’ll know that those who’re telling you that God is trying to bring us into “unity” with such as these are lying to you. As I close this, for now, with an assist from Dr. John MacArthur let me put the issue of the PCUSA officially allowing practicing gay clergy in perspective:

You have seen a very clear illustration of [an apostate] in the ordination of the Episcopalian Bishop [Eugene] Robinson who is a blatant and outspoken homosexual who is a licentious, lascivious, ungodly man denying our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ who has come into the church, the unwitting, stupid and ignorant visible church has ordained him to Christian ministry. And he is a man marked out for condemnation by God. (Online source)

Anyone who thinks it’s the will of God that people like this lead His Christian churches is, frankly, a fool. (cf. Psalm 36:1)

End Notes:

[1] http://tiny.cc/agboc, accessed 7/11/11.

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