Observation: LGBTQ advocacy in the PCC is long-standing and is manifested unhindered in some congregations and Presbyteries.
The reasons for this presence will be outlined in Bulletin #5 in this series. However, the source of the lobby is clearly in the shifting winds of our increasingly secular culture and not in Scripture. Freedom, rights, and unhindered personal choice are currently undebatable, that is, “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do.” And so, as Melanie Phillips wrote in her book, The World Turned Upside Down, “Instead of moral codes acting as chains on people’s appetites, ‘anything goes’ became the only song in the secular hymnbook.” (p.282) But those who dare to bring Scripture to bear upon their life are able to confirm that “freedom is a myth that humans perpetuate about themselves” (BF Skinner, as quoted by Willard Gaylin in How Psychotherapy Really Works, p.272), and to seek it is a trap, the end of which is lostness. Rather, Paul invites us to find the true freedom for which God created us by paradoxically making ourselves slaves of Christ. “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18 NIV). Let the first-century confession, “Jesus is Lord”, become an invitation to all for true freedom and ring out from every pulpit.
Will the PCC declare the fullness of God’s good intentions for humanity by saying “no” to LGBTQ demands? Any authority saying “no” to any individual under their authority can cause an experience of rejection. This does not mean that the boundary of saying “no” or “no further” is inappropriate. The feeling of rejection has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the boundary, nor the loving attitude that stands directly behind that boundary. Good parents know this instinctively and are unafraid to say “no” to their children appropriately. In the same way, every positive and negative imperative of Scripture arises out of genuine, life-giving love.
This culturally rooted taboo of never saying “no” has a further harmful implication, as Melanie Phillips continues: “Because of the absolute taboo against hurting people’s feelings, the very idea of normative behaviour had to be abolished so that no one would feel abnormal.” (p.285) Will the PCC fearlessly affirm what Scripture and common sense prescribe as normative behaviour:
- that marriage is between a man and a woman,
- that God created us male and female, and
- that when identity is merely a self-applied commodity, humanity is devalued.
If the PCC still believes that Scripture is the source of our ethical standards and understanding, will it still be able to define what normative behaviour is? From recent writings, the denomination appears open to changing gender and marriage values, held in Scripture for thousands of years. It also is open to re-interpreting biblical relationships in terms of homosexuality, such as Ruth and Naomi, Jonathan and David, and even Jesus and the beloved disciple. Such interpretations break any respect for the texts from which they come. Why not allow any sexual relationship between any two or groups of people? Without some clear normative standards, there exists a chaos of immorality.
The seven members of the PSALT Leadership Team come from many presbyteries, and because we also have ears in most, we are aware of several presbyteries where biblical truth, General Assembly-approved PCC doctrines, and sound Book of Forms protocols are ignored. There are clergy who perform gay unions in their churches, and there are openly practicing homosexual clergy. We note, too, that de-facto LGBTQ advocacy has now been granted preferred status at the General Assembly.
Is this world’s wisdom a brighter light for humanity than God’s Word?
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