Wednesday, January 7, 2015

As One Denomination Kills Itself


Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)

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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.

            Hmm.

            In the end, we will own…

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The following was/is the preface/tease to/for the preceding.

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This is a longer tease/preface to a KD that betrays parochial concern
while possibly portending the future of sister denominations.

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This can be forwarded or attached to the KD as titled
that will be posted within 24 hours on

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I have never prayed/reflected on an edition
with so much unassuaged pain and
personal confession.

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    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."

    Whoa.

    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.

    It's axiomatic.

    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.

    Calvin.

    Westminster.

    Princeton.

    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 wish...

    I remain.

    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...




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8 comments:

Scott said...

Keep faithful to Jesus, brother, our Shepherd in the midst of the wolves. I am thankful for a "by the Book" pastor and pray that you are supported by your congregation in all the denominational drifts and rifts.

Its only going to get worse, with the media accusing stand up Christians as hateful and intolerant because we lovingly point to a better way. But when it comes from our own families, flocks, it especially hurts.

Jesus said the truth will set you free. It does, but sometimes it ends in crucifixion. Think of what our brothers and sisters are facing all around the world as the roaring lion prowls and growls.

Walton said...

Dr,Pastor Kopp,Just keep Teaching and Preaching The truth about the Bible. People will here about the Church that teaches the truth. And more will start coming to 221 North Main. God Bless to all

Jim Coone said...

God bless you my brother. Regardless of what happens to the denomination, those who continue to exalt the name of Jesus will have God's peace in all circumstances.

Jim said...

Well, beheadings, while not to be sought, are not to be avoided if they come as a result of following Jesus faithfully by the Book, as you endeavor to do.

My favorite headless guy, apart from Nick, who, after all, was just a nearly headless dude in Harry Potter, is ol' John the Baptizer. If your kopf (Just imagine, a kopfless Kopp!)gets separated from your shoulders you will certainly be in my Top Ten list of people with no heads.

So, in 2015 as "the amendment" makes its way through the presbyteries, keep doing what Jesus did(and still does in and through the Spirit). The world will be skeptical, Islamofascists, will be infuriated, and, perhaps, someone in Louisville will be sharpening your sword, as if they are someone to be feared. In fact, not only can't they cast you into the lake of fire, it seems more and more that they may spend eternity swimming in the flames. May God have mercy!

Dr. Robert R. Kopp said...

Walton,

Praise the Lord!

Paul said...

Pastor Bob,
It breaks my heart, what a new year.

PastorsHeartBeat said...

Bob,

I continue to pray for you, stand with you, and support you in my prayers and love.

Bob said...

Brother Bob:

Someone once asked me what my purpose in life was. Being in my twenties at the time I opined that I was on earth to follow what God wanted for me which included being creative in a literal sense and then to help those that I helped create to find their path to God as well. Upon and from that point I believed it my duty to protect those who could not protect themselves so that they could have the opportunities I had to find my way. By that razor I have lived my life. Like I said in one of emails to you years ago, sometimes I just want to pick up my axe! Sampson was not a mistake even if he was at times mistaken. Dig?