In a recent blog post I commented about the decision of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) to allow “gay weddings” within the churches of this denomination.
Well, during my personal devotion time lately, I have been reading through what are called “the minor prophets” of the Old Testament. As I read these verses from Micah, I thought, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Man’s sinful heart has been in rebellion since Genesis 3 (the Fall). Really, the situation in Micah is analogous to what’s been happening with the PCUSA:
And I said, “Hear now, heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know justice? You who hate good and love evil, who tear off their skin from them and their flesh from their bones, and who eat the flesh of my people, strip off their skin from them, break their bones, and chop them up as for the pot and as meat in a kettle.” Then they will cry out to the Lord, but He will not answer them. Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time, because they have practiced evil deeds. Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; when they have something to bite with their teeth, they cry, “Peace,” but against him who puts nothing in their mouths, they declare holy war. (Micah 3:1–5, NASB; emphasis added)
Yes, leaders in the PCUSA have essentially declared war against the holy Creator God with (to use Micah’s words) their “evil deeds.” But God always has the last say! Every one of these leaders will one day die and have to face the God against whom they have declared war.*
And with PCUSA leaders making statements similar to “But Lord, we did all this in your name,” I think the answer from God will be something like this:
Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. (Matthew 19:4, NASB; emphasis added)
Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.” (Mark 7:6, NASB; emphasis added)
These leaders need to be reminded of this warning:
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31, NKJV)
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
*Now, I am aware that there some Bible-believing, AiG-supportive pastors in the denomination who have decided to remain in the PCUSA so that they can be an influence for good. And I have admired their passion for biblical authority in trying to make a difference. I wonder, though, if this matter regarding “gay” marriages might be the final straw for them, and they will see that the denomination is now beyond reforming.