Sunday, November 8, 2015
Fighting for the Soul of the PCUSA
"Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you will live...at least for a while.
And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing
to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just
one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that
they may take our lives, but they'll never take our
Ever since the ideological fascists from the left misinterpreted Dowey's intentions in C67 to play footsies with the devil and the ideological fascists from the right misinterpreted the gospel as a manifesto for greedy extreme droit religious politicians, the PCUSA has been losing members faster than poop through a goose.
Some have exited faithfully.
Some remain faithfully.
Many have exited selfishly and many remain like mindless drones.
Though you may have missed it because nobody reads what I write for denominational and para-denominational rags and other media outlets and my book sales are running behind Joel by about a trillion to one - Talk about humiliation! - I've been trying to raise heaven about it for decades; and doing my best/worst/otherwise to salt left and right.
Actually, I have succeeded in saline repercussions.
The ideological fascists to the left don't like me - Ah, they hate me because they're the devil's advocates! - because I've been saying since the early 80s, "The PCUSA - like most other sister mainline denominations - is irretrievably apostate under current management."
The ideological fascists to the right don't like me - Ah, they hate me because I remind them about Luther and Bonhoeffer and King and other saints who followed Jesus and never ran away from fidelity fights! - because they know I believe it's more faithful to fight than flee.
I wouldn't like being called an apostate or weenie.
BTW, I'm called many things; and I've learned to live with it in a Psalm 62 kinda way.
Enough of that; and please, lefties and righties, don't waste your time trying to convince me to swallow your apostasy or run away from the fight for souls with yu'uns.
C'mon, I've been writing and witnessing about this longer than most bravehearts and fainthearts have been conscious about it.
I realize I'm not going to change your minds; and, really, don't even...
My concern is not your souls.
That's between you and Him.
Roll the dice.
Or hope God is a hyper-Calvinist.
My concern is souls being misled by the apostates as they make 'em twice as fit for you know what as they are themselves.
My concern is souls being abandoned as folks run off and leave the sheep to the wolves.
Enough of that.
If you want to know more, you can always go to the archives of this site or check old columns or go to www.amazon.com and buy one of my books for the price of postage.
For now, probably more for the folks on the corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois, than yu'uns, I've gotta restate where I am; especially now that one of my best friends and one of my family of faith's heroes has exited from the franchise with the church that he has so faithfully served for about a decade or so.
I'm not leaving for any reason.
I just don't believe that's what Luther or Bonhoeffer or King or...the apostles...or...Jesus would do.
I believe they would love everyone to death.
I believe they would rather be martyred or tossed or defrocked or unscrewed (That's for Borg!) or whatevered...than turn tail and flee to the mountains in some kinda neo-monasticism.
I believe they would sing hymns and spiritual songs and beg forgiveness for their enemies while the flames barbecued their flesh.
I believe they would...be like...
I know the left hates that kinda talk...and that's why they hate me.
I know the right hates that kinda talk...and that's why they hate me.
But while acknowledging there are other reasons to hate me, I figure I'm gonna spend a lot longer time with Jesus than them; so I care more about WWJD than...
So I'm staying and salting and fighting for the souls of...
And, so far, nobody from the left or right has been able to prove that I'm wrong by Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense filtered through Jesus and Holy Scripture.
Indeed, they seem more about filtering their apostasies and exits through...
In short, I ain't gonna feed the beast or run away from it.
Feeding the beast is wrong.
Letting the beast devour souls without a fight is wrong.
And from what I know about Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense, two wrongs don't make a...
Besides, I've always liked mission fields more than monasteries.
"If you save your life, you will lose it;
but if you lose your life for Me,
you will find it!"
Blessings and Love!
This is a personal addendum to "Fighting for the Soul of the PCUSA" that appears in today's edition of www.koppdisclosure.com.
I will be asking my webmaster Kathie to attach it after the symbol that, uh, symbolizes so much pour moi.
Essentially, I have written this addendum for the few sisters/brothers who have exited faithfully from the PCUSA and the few sisters/brothers who remain faithfully in the PCUSA; as I entrust the rest to the mercy of our Lord.
While I will always respond, I pray, with candor and gentleness to those who ask me to speak to such matters and will always address requesting assemblies on such matters with salt, light, and leaven in eagerness to confess, repent, and receive forgiveness for error according to Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense, this is the last KD that will be dedicated exclusively to such matters.
God knows along with the complaints of the far left, far right, apostates, and ecclesiastical ostriches that I have written enough about this nightmare for at least three decades.
Maybe this is more for our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois and Blackhawk Presbytery that anyone else.
Really, I'm not sure.
I sure as anything but heaven know it ain't for those who are defensive when talking about this and can't bring themselves to Christian civility when challenged for exiting or staying.
Anyway, I am staying no matter what.
I am staying to salt, shine, and leavenate.
I am not staying because of anything that appealing anymore in the PCUSA and I am not leaving because one stinking denomination ain't that much better than another stinking denomination...sooner or later. Really, read your history books. More than less, they all start well...and then stink like the rest of 'em.
I am staying because, as Hans Evans (RIP) told me many years ago while dying in Pennsylvania's Coatesville Hospital, I prefer mission fields to monasteries: "Stay in our denomination! It's the best mission field open to us today!"
That Beruf could cause some real problems for me and maybe even the saints on the corner of Lincoln and Main.
I expect the PCUSA to go Kenyonesque sometime in 2016 by official action or PJC tyranny...or before the parousia.
I expect the PCUSA to declare per capita is a mandatory tax and no longer a voluntary apportionment...sooner than later.
I expect the PCUSA to abandon Biblical Christology by official declaration sometime soon.
Parenthetically, all of those things have already happened by praxis in many dark corners of the PCUSA aka apostate presbyteries/synods.
Because of a promise that I made to Paul Swedlund (RIP) that was categorically sealed in a week with Eugene Peterson in October 2011 not to mention Jesus by the book who I mention as often as I can regardless of the demonically inspired political correctness of the nation, PCUSA, and kin to 'em, I would rather be martyred like our faithful predecessors than...
Well, if you don't know what I mean, that's because you're already blinded by or are already one of the ideological fascists from the left and right masquerading as Christians.
Practically, I still think there's a good shot for me to be knocked off by an Islamofascistnutball because I'm not afraid of 'em and like to salt 'em or denominational jingoist or former member who's still mad at me for taking the church away from them and giving it back to Jesus and knows the only way to get rid of me is to knock me off.
Or, maybe, just maybe, the church will decide, when the franchise goes officially Kenyonesque and embraces to advocate even more apostasies that my services are no longer needed on the corner of Lincoln and Main.
Maybe that's why they won't sell the old manse.
Maybe, akin to the franchise telling me that I've got to deny Jesus by the book in order to stay, the church will tell me that I've gotta go if I won't exit from the franchise.
Regardless, I feel great about who I'm called to be and what I'm called to do.
Read Luke 2; especially beginning with verse 29.
I am prepared to die for Jesus and part of His family in Belvidere and even as I witness to the demonic, blind, lost and losing in the PCUSA.
I recall a meeting many, many, many years ago in Cranford, New Jersey.
A bunch of Christian clergy and rabbis were meeting about a manger scene in the front lawn of the public library.
I got up and said, "Let's be honest. We have an irreconcilable difference in this room. Some of us believe Jesus is Lord and Savior and some don't; and I doubt anybody is gonna change anybody else's mind."
An old rabbi with a beard that I coveted stood, smiled, and said, "My young Christian friend is right; and I'll be damned if he's right. But I am betting my soul that he's wrong just as much as he is betting his soul that he is right."
Blessings and Love!