Friday, July 15, 2016
Response to Islamic Invasion of PCUSA
Remnantal Response to “Allah” Prayer
While parochial by occasion, the ecumenical implications of the following remnantal response to the enabled “Allah” prayer at the recent General Assembly meeting of the PCUSA is mirrored throughout most mainline denominations struggling with their identities formerly guided by over two thousand years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity.
Context for the response is available in the coverage of the 222nd General Assembly of the PCUSA (6/18-25 in Portland, Oregon) by www.churchandworld.com, www.pcusa.org, and www.layman.org.
You can also go to the archives of www.koppdisclosure.com and click on the edition titled “Does This Prayer Sadden/Outrage You?” You may also want to click on “An Open Letter to Muslims” for extended interrogatory context.
The response, written by one of the six original signatories, may be disseminated in its entirety without permission.
To dispel curiosity, I am not the author; yet I embrace and applaud it with enthusiasm and without equivocation.
How about you?
To those who planned and celebrated the inclusion of a representative of the Portland Muslim Community in the first order of business during the opening plenary session of the 222nd GA:
If you had invited a religious leader from the Muslim community to join our General Assembly to express shame and regret for the actions of those who are a part of his faith community and to encourage us to work together on those things all humans hold in common, we would hold our tongues.
Instead, you allowed such a person to lead the people in prayer. One who believes Jesus to be on the same level as Abraham and Moses prayed, in what should be a Christian setting, for all those present to turn to his god rather than the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How far you have fallen! Such syncretism is of human, no demonic, origin and, in the midst of it, we will not hold our tongues. Shame on you! Have you forgotten that our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14)?
We give thanks for our brave brothers and sisters in Christ at GA who raised a protest to this ungodly turn of events. We stand with them from afar.
We reject the half-hearted non-apology offered by the Stated Clerk. Such an “apology” has more to do with the apologies of the world than the kind of confession that Jesus invites His followers to offer when their sin has been pointed out to them (Matthew 18:15-20).
Those who’ve welcomed and celebrated the introduction of another god in our communion have chosen the way of Balaam (2 Peter 2:15), Jannes and Jambres (2 Timothy 3:8-9), and Jezebel (Revelation 2:20). Sadly, they have come to hold positions of power and influence in the PCUSA.
Yet, we know and give thanks that the Church is not confined to one humanly created denomination or another. Much to the surprise of these syncretists, Jesus’ Church is growing and advancing right under their noses; and in the good timing of the Father, Jesus will return and bring His own out from the ruins and into the fullness of His glorious kingdom. Until then…
As for me and my house, we will worship the LORD! (Joshua 24:15).
Jeff Barrett- Genesis Community Church, Montgomery, Illinois
Jeff Borgerson – First Presbyterian Church, Harvard, Illinois
Doug Forsberg – First Presbyterian Church, Rochelle, Illinois
Bob Kopp – Our Family of Faith at FPC, Belvidere, Illinois
Jim Tilley – First Presbyterian Church, Rochelle, Illinois
Bill Ward – Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rockford, Illinois
Blessings and Love!
Look up! Speak up! Stand up! Act up for Jesus!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!