Wednesday, January 7, 2015
As One Denomination Kills Itself
In the early months of 2015, the PCUSA will continue voting on an amendment to its constitution betraying its thanatos libido as it moves farther and farther and farther away from 2K+ years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity.
If you are not a part of the PCUSA or are and don’t understand the crisis, you are ignorant…or blessed.
If you are a part of the PCUSA and don’t understand why this moment could be the last nail in the coffin of a denomination determined to distance itself from Jesus by the book, you wouldn’t understand even if I tried to explain it to you.
Sadly, Isaiah 5 comes to mind.
For women and men who were introduced to Jesus as Lord and Savior by the book in the PCUSA, there is a grief that cannot be spoken as witnesses to a formerly faithful denomination irretrievably apostate under current management.
For those who have decided to remain faithfully – in but no longer of the PCUSA as part of the remnant – fidelity is an end not a means; looking up, standing up, speaking up, and acting up for Jesus in cognizance of His eternal victory that cannot be detoured by our increasingly intentional co-conspiratorial dark defiances.
As you reflect on how you have already voted or prepare to vote on the “amendment” as metaphor for the place of Jesus by the book in your life with unspeakable consequences, I offer the following confession.
As a young pastor exemplifying our Lord’s disdain for professional clergy concomitant to Matthew 15 and Matthew 23 as I willingly and cheerfully cooperated with idolaters and apostates to embrace and revel in so many perks and privileges granted me by misused and ultimately squandered graces from our Lord, I embraced adulteries without blinking without shame without detection.
I enjoyed the adulteries.
I really, really, really enjoyed the adulteries.
Let me repeat, I really, really, really…
However, I never had the arrogance or dark audacity to consider, entertain, pretend, assume or advocate my adulteries as even remotely consistent with 2K+ years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity.
Yes, I really, really, really enjoyed them; but, again, never even reimagined that I was honoring Jesus by the book.
I was a clandestinely self-affirming unrepentant adulterer.
Just to be…honest…which I haven’t always been…, I still ignore and sometimes even defy God’s will for my life as enfleshed in Jesus and explained in Holy Scripture; but, now, I admit it, pray and try to repent, and receive His forgiveness which is persuasive enough for me to forgive myself.
How about you?
While the denomination seems determined to forfeit its lampstand, how about you?
Are you willing to risk…?
Are you sure this amendment, contradicting 2K+ years of…, will honor Jesus, increase your intimacy with Him, and enable you to feel His pleasure?
If you are prepared to vote for this amendment despite its contradicting 2K+ years of…, roll the dice with your…
Are you willing to exchange…?
God knows I know you’ve got to work/play/flesh out your own understanding of salvation.
In the end, we will own…
The following was/is the preface/tease to/for the preceding.
This is a longer tease/preface to a KD that betrays parochial concern
while possibly portending the future of sister denominations.
This can be forwarded or attached to the KD as titled
that will be posted within 24 hours on
I have never prayed/reflected on an edition
with so much unassuaged pain and
A friend told me of a friend - "The enemy of my enemy is my..." - who warned him, "You better tell Kopp that this remnant stuff is the Confessing Church Movement with teeth and they know it. If he's not careful, he's going to get his head chopped off."
Sounds sooooooo familiar.
Isn't that what those baaaaaaad Muslims are doing to Christians all over the world?
Parenthetically, until governments, mainline denominations, and the media have the, uh, guts to be honest about Islamofascism (e.g., see attached that most major media outlets are afraid to touch), Islamofascism will continue unabated.
Anyway, someone in the PCUSA, the custodial denomination of my ordination and credentials, who doesn't like to hear about teaching elders and churches declaring remnant, praying and trying to remain faithful to Jesus by the book, has said I better be careful or I'll get my head chopped off.
I thought of David's Psalm 55.
I also thought, "Could it be they are like them? Are there people in our denomination who would chop off my head if I fail their ideological masquerading as soteriological litmus tests?"
Jesus was right: "They come in sheep's clothing but..."
Like Americans - politicians, pulpiteers, pewsitters, and media - who are afraid of those baaaaaaad Muslims, the PCUSA is afraid of anyone with the boldness to tell the truth about what it does not believe anymore.
If you don't fear God, you fear everyone else.
I love the PCUSA in a nostalgic kinda way.
It introduced me to Jesus.
It nurtured my call to undershepherding.
It did not abandon me when I sinned blatantly/wantonly/shamelessly; forgiving when so many wanted to damn.
Such an orthodox heritage.
But, now, alas...
I sooooooo want to be like the mindless jingoists who long for the way things never were or maybe were but are no more.
I want to pretend cultural relevancy for the PCUSA long lost in egoisms pretending to be theology.
The PCUSA has become, for me, a personal wandering Into the Woods.
I will not, cannot, leave as stated previously and currently over and over and over and...
I pray I remain faithfully.
Yet I see the end coming for the PCUSA.
Maybe in 2015.
Certainly, not much longer than...