Friday, September 30, 2016
If You Really Don't Want Us to Leave
"I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but
their rescue consists in being put back on the right road...
It is still either-or...
If we insist on keeping hell, we shall not see heaven.
If we accept heaven, we shall not be able to retain even
the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of hell."
C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, 1945
Though not unique to America's peril as paralleled in sister mainliners, sideliners, Democrats, Republicans, news media, entertainment, public education, colleges and universities and seminaries, and all of the below, the PCUSA, the ecclesiastical franchise holding my credentials, is increasingly as well as irretrievably apostate under current management.
If I have to explain that to you, you are ignorant, deceived, defiant, apathetic, or co-conspiratorial with the author of all damning lies.
As I accept God's forgiveness by grace through faith in Jesus for enabling the apostasies for most of my life and ministry while still finding myself playing footsies with the devil too often, I pray for collective rebirth anothen before it's too late.
Though I have written ad nauseum about this for over 38 years, the recent publication of "Inevitable Tension" on this site and www.churchandworld.com (9/9/16) sparked several friends and others to ask, "What will it take for pastors and churches like you to stay?"
My initial response was we will be forced out when beliefs/behaviors enabled by apostates despite being antithetical to over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity are mandated for pastors and churches still trying to follow Jesus according to over 2K years of...
Pastors and churches like me who cannot leave for reasons cited ad nauseum and available on this site and www.churchandworld.com will be forced out if people who say they really don't want us to leave don't grow some and don't do what is necessary to keep us from leaving because we're being forced out.
Again, it's not a matter of wanting to leave because of the apostasies.
We understand the parable of the sower, high priestly prayer, and heroes like Luther, Bonhoeffer, King, and countless others who, like Jesus, ran into fires to save the perishing rather than away from fires to save themselves from the flames.
While respecting others who have left and already felt forced out, many of us still remain faithfully and will remain faithfully unless/until we leave because we are forced out.
To the question.
If you really don't want us to leave, you will have to do two things.
First, you will resist/defy any attempt/decision to turn the voluntary per capita apportionment into a mandatory per capita tax.
Pastors and churches like me will never again pay for anything/anyone that insults the holiness of God according to over 2K years of...
Second, you will resist/defy any attempt/decision to mandate compliance with beliefs/behaviors antithetical to over 2K years of...
It's that simple.
If folks who say they really don't want us to leave cannot pledge/do that, we will leave because we will be forced out.
We won't pretend periods of discernment.
If either of those two things happen, we will be gone in eight days.
All trends point to that inevitability.
If you cannot see that, you think an elephant is a mouse with glandular problems.
If you really don't want us to leave, you will make room for us.
You won't enable attempts/decisions to force us to leave.
Blessings and Love!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!
Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!