Monday, February 2, 2015
Encouraging the Remnant
February 1, 2015.
That's when I saw one of the dumbest calls by a really smart and successful head coach in the history of the Super Bowl; almost as bad as the call made by the 221st General Assembly of the PCUSA in Detroit (June 2014).
It's also when the faithful women and men of Belvidere, Illinois' First Presbyterian Church looked up, stood up, spoke up, and acted up for over two thousand years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity by unanimously amending and expanding its by-laws as unanimously recommended by its session (see below).
In these days when Jesus by the book is being insulted by the waves of carnality, egocentrism, narcissism, political correctness divorced from God, and navel-gazing ideology masquerading as theology, here is how one family of faith is swimming/rowing/navigating against the increasingly and rapidly flowing infidelities of our world, nation, and too many churches posing kinship with authentic Christianity.
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, IL will be held Sunday, February 1, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The purpose of the meeting will be to receive the reports of our 2014 ministry, to approve the Terms of the Pastor’s Call, a change to the By-laws (see below), and to conduct any others business that may be presented.
Tim Beattie, Clerk of Session
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE BY-LAWS
Of The First Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, IL
ARTICLE XVI – Amendments
1. These By-Laws may be amended subject to the laws of the State of Illinois and the Constitution of The Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, as long as they do not contradict Christianity as personified in Jesus, prescribed in Holy Scripture, and upheld by over two thousand years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, traditional, historical, and common sense Christianity, at any annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose by a two-thirds vote of the eligible voters present at such meeting, provided that a full reading of the proposed changes or printed distribution of the same shall have been made in connection with the call of such meeting.
2. The By-Laws may not be amended contrary to or so as not to include the provisions of the Constitution of The Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
ARTICLE XVII – Marriage
1. Marriage is the exclusive, covenantal union of one man and one woman, which union was designed by God. Genesis 2:24 states, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Jesus Christ affirmed this in Matthew 19:4-6: “And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let no man separate.”
2. This church shall faithfully follow the scripture definition of marriage in the teachings and practices of this church, and therefore, this church shall not officiate, solemnize, perform or host a marriage or marriage-like ceremony involving anything other than the union of one man with one woman as instructed by God.
Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
For the good or evil side...
Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet 'tis truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong,
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within in the shadow
Keeping watch above His own.
J.R. Lowell, 1845
Blessings and Love!