A recent article in the Layman (http://www.layman.org/covenant-network-bisexuality-basics-honoring-the-bi-in-pres-bi-terian/) has prompted this first blog post. We are all acquainted with the computer based spell check programs that, on occasion, change the word we spell to something else. I recently received a note where the word “seem” came across as “Sean.” Quite likely the author typed something like “sem” and the auto check corrected it to what it thought the author intended. In this case one would have to force the spelling of “Presbyterian” to “Pres-bi-terian.”
In the run up to elections we are often confronted with someone who wants to “fact check” the information being put out by their opponent and inevitably they are able to see their way to a completely different set of facts. And so it goes with the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, BiSexual, Transsexual and Queer) element of the PC(USA).
In the Layman article linked above Rev. Layton E. Williams (self identifying as a “bisexual/queer feminist” http://reverendfem.com/about/) plumbs the depth of perversion and “queer spirituality” embraced by so many today in the Presbyterian Church (USA). It seems to almost approach the abomination that causes desolation referenced in Matthew 24:15 as occurring in Daniel 12:11.
There are so many references to sexual perversion in the Bible that one wonders how one can read the texts so differently.
Romans 1:18-32 is, perhaps, the most explicit. Those refuting as normative, a heterosexual monogamous sexuality often refer to this as “the clobber text.”
“18For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
On the fact-checking side of things, Layton’s comments hardly stand the test of Biblical truth.
But it was the spell-check side that really got to me. Layton uses “Pres-bi-terian” in her workshop title, specifically “Bisexuality Basics: Honoring the ‘Bi’ in Pres-Bi-Terian.” The first thing that came to mind was why not “Pervers-a-terian” or “Perver-terian?” If we are going to change the spelling why not honor both the deceitful aspect and the incorrect spelling aspect? At least that would be honest about what is being done. But then I remembered that honesty in this post Christian context is relative – that is, that honesty is viewed as whatever advances the individual’s own personal desires and interests.
With such a different understanding of God’s word some are asking why I stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA). While I admit it is getting more and more difficult to do so, I still believe that there is a prophetic role to play – to call out the unbelievers, those who pervert true justice/God’s justice – that those who “not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” will be subject to the justice of God which establishes God’s righteous decree that “those who do such deserve death.”
Now I am NOT advocating that we, as the church, take that into our hands, just that we recognize what God’s righteous decree declares is deserving of such persons. We know that true justice (not our perverted human interpretation of that) will eventually come. Certainly God’s grace wins the day but that is for those who have been called according to his purpose and a perverted sexual ethic is clearly NOT according to his purpose.
And so I stay and say, “Repent!” “Turn!” In the spirit of Mark 1:15 – “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
I imagine the day may come when the “big tent” in which I pastor and preach will find it’s not big enough to encompass those such as I, but until such time and even afterward I will declare to those so lost in the cultural abyss of perverted sexuality – Repent!
For those in the Presbyterian Church (USA) seeking a way out and for those seeking to minister effectively within the denomination I suggest checking out: http://www.oneby1.org/.