Friday, November 8, 2013

Marriage in the Family of Faith

Called to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for the Lord without existential safety nets, please hit reply and provide your name, position, and location if you would like to join this witness. 

Marriage in the Family of Faith

“But as for me  and my house, we will serve  the Lord!”

Humbly confessing our many sins and laboring repentance rather than rationalization of them, we respect God’s holiness as personified in Jesus and prescribed in Holy Scripture.

We are undershepherds of the Good Shepherd compelled by call, knowledge, and wisdom to pray, witness, and work for the highest good for all women and men regardless of who, what, where, when, or why without the need or expectation for response, regard, or reward.

We beg all undershepherds to exalt our Lord’s holiness and announce to their congregations that they will invite, welcome, include, and love everyone as precious children of God, no one being no better nor no worse than anyone else and everyone needing Lord Jesus as Savior, as we obey rather than obfuscate His will in Jesus as attested in Holy Scripture in declaring we cannot preside or participate in same-sex marriage rites in sanctuaries consecrated to God.

We know many popular extra-Biblical sentiments in American civil and ecclesiastical cultures disagree with us; however, we must obey God as personified in Jesus and prescribed in Holy Scripture.

Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei!



Walton said...

Well said I agree,
God Bless

Dr. Robert R. Kopp said...

God's people suffer when women and men called to undershepherd after the example of the Good Shepherd Jesus and prescriptions of Holy Scripture practice professional ministry transformed more by the world than Word (e.g., Hosea 4).

America, enabled by increasingly apostate politicians, pulpiteers, and pewsitters, is increasingly insulting God's holiness; resulting in the increasing decline of America and her churches as a lampstand and light to the world.

We are breaking God's heart (e.g., Genesis 6, Psalm 12, Matthew 23).

We are misguiding our children with lasting peril to America and her churches (e.g., Matthew 18).

In short, America and her churches are irretrievably apostate under current management.

It's our kairos opportunity to reclaim America and her churches for God with blessings for all (e.g., Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 30, Joshua 24, Revelation 2-3).

You, undershepherd, have a call to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for God!

You, faithful friend of Jesus and His children, have a responsibility to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for God!

You, church board and denomination and presbytery and diocese and conference, have no saving choice but to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for God!

You have a kairos opportunity to join the apostles, martyrs, and disciples of eternity and declare, "We must obey God not anyone who dishonors Him by dark design!"

You are called to declare an act of fidelity in a storm of apostasy at your next meeting - church board, denomination, presbytery, diocese, conference, and... - or, by omission, betray your

Anyone who does not see these are the days of eternal decision is Biblically ignorant and spiritually dense...or defiant, disobedient, dark, and, therefore,...

Please forward the attached to your church board, denomination, presbytery, diocese, conference, pastor, priest, elder, deacon, and...while there is still time to confess and repent by looking up, standing up, speaking up, and acting up for God as personified in Jesus and prescribed in Holy Scripture.

Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei!!!

Alan said...

I stop by here rarely, just to see what the your wing of church is up to, and your blog at least has the benefit of occasionally being amusing. Never commented until today.

I think you and I should step back and look at this statement in wonder. Seriously. Do you see this statement as the clear and unavoidable evidence of an irreversible turning point? Because I think it is remarkable.

See, I think it is awesome that your position is so increasingly outside the mainstream that you believe you have to publicly proclaim something that only a few years ago would have been simply assumed. It is awesome that your side is so rapidly going from "This is never going to happen ever, anywhere and we're going to pass state and federal laws to stop it!" to "Um...Well.... Uh....We won't allow same sex marriage in one small building where no one was going to get same-sex married anyway." I can't tell you how hard it is for me to believe that such a change would happen in my lifetime, and here you are not only admitting it but giving up any part of the fight that would have actually mattered to anyone but yourself.

OK, don't do same-sex marriages in your church. See if I care. (I do not, BTW.)

This is wonderful evidence of God's work in the hearts of so many. ( Alas.... just not you .... not yet.)

(Unfortunately, it is less awesome that you can't simply say "We're not going to do same-sex marriages" without simultaneously calling anyone who disagrees with you "apostate", "ignorant", "dense", "defiant", "disobedient" and "dark" but I know that's is all part of your side's schtick these days, thrashing around more and more as you lose again and again. Oh well, a statement like this would look naked without tossing around a few insults, and you wouldn't want to be drummed out of your increasingly shrinking club. By the way, have you considered adding a threat to drown someone with a millstone tied around their neck? I've seen that's also been pretty popular in your circles lately. Just a suggestion, if you really want to punch up the melodrama to 11.)

Anyway, just wanted to say that I absolutely support your writing this statement. And in the future, when you consider actually doing something that might be some sort of real action with some sort of effect on someone other than yourself, please write another statement just like this instead.

Thanks for making my afternoon. This statement may as well be printed on a white flag of surrender. :)

Dr. Robert R. Kopp said...

Well, my friend, gotta admit you've thought about it!

I pray our Lord's best for you.

I trust your intentions.