Thursday, March 19, 2015
Presbyterian (USA) And Planned Parenthood United In Deception
Tuesday evening America's largest Presbyterian denomination voted to redefine Truth, by redefining the church's belief on homosexuality and marriage.
Yesterday Planned Parenthood announced a new feature page on their web site, explaining "Sometimes a person's sexual orientation changes over time..."
The Presbyterian Church explained to its 10,000 churches and 1.8 million members that homosexuals can't change, they're born that way, therefore the right thing to do is to abort the Bible and embrace the facts about this lifestyle. This, they explained, is an act of compassion toward those who do not feel fully accepted.
Planned Parenthood is making their best effort to explain that people are born that way---but they also change.
Their new web page, "All About LGBTQ At A Glance" explains, " Sometimes a person's sexual orientation changes over time, but people can't choose or decide to change who they're attracted to."
They are born that way, but they are also not born that way.
The site says, " It can take years for people to understand their sexual orientation, and it can change over your lifetime---so a lot of people call themselves 'questioning', which means they aren't sure about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity."
"This is common," they say, "especially for teens."
This is why the indoctrination by homosexual activists is so intense in our government run schools and universities.
If Planned Parenthood and the homosexual advocacy groups really believe people "can change over time," and they do---this is why the advocacy toward the children is so intense, why then do they so adamantly and now legally oppose faith based ministries who present biblical counseling and spiritual restoration as an alternative to that lifestyle?
The basis of their opposition, some of which is now becoming "anti-bullying" laws, is based on the premise that they "are born that way."
The Presbyterian Church has abandoned both the teaching of John Calvin and more importantly the Bible for essentially the same reason---"Born That Way."
While that makes for a slick bumper sticker or a sign at a "rights" rally, it isn't the truth.
And now we know they know it.
Why doesn't the Presbyterian Church and other denominations who are sliding down the same slippery slope know it?
Tuesday evening the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to abandon their biblical beliefs on sexuality and marriage in favor of a belief that more closely reflects the needs of the culture.
The redefinition of "truth" was endorsed last year, but needed approval from a majority of the 171 presbyteries. They received the needed "86th" vote Tuesday evening.
I have followed this process in the Presbyterian Church and those who are following them---the United Methodist, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and others and see a common thread of thinking.
There is, in my opinion, a belief by some that if they conform to the current cultural norms, they will reach more people, which sort of, in their compromised thinking, echoes the Great Commission.
Justification for this decision Tuesday evening was reflected by Kally Elliot, a University of Tennessee campus minister, who said, "We have a lot of students who come into our campus ministry with their story being one of hurt and shame given by the church. Our goal is to share with them the love of Jesus Christ and to let them know that they are fully loved, fully welcomed as they are, who they are."
While this may be a sincere belief, it is contrary to what Jesus taught about His Love.
His love is a transforming love. A redeeming love that forgives sins and restores the sinners.
To the degree that sin is minimized, the cross of Christ is marginalized. And so is His Church.
Others within the church are immersed in the homosexual lifestyle and are unwilling to even consider changing their lifestyle, but are committed to conforming the church, the Bible and whatever else is necessary to affirm that lifestyle.
Secular progressives and homosexual activists rejoiced yesterday as this became news. Think Progress, a secular progressive publication, quoted someone from within the Church who said, "Now we can bring our whole selves to church."
All of us need redemption, but affirming and celebrating our sins is not redemption, nor does it provide wholeness.
Carmen Fowler LaBerge, president of the conservative Presbyterian Lay Committee, says this action "is surrendering to social norms. Any prophetic voice that the denomination may have once had to speak truth and call people to repentance is now lost."
LaBerge says all the church can do now "is echo the voices of the world for it has abandoned the clarion call to bear faithful witness to the God who has clearly spoken on this matter."
Here is the irony in the deception:
While the church claims to be reaching out in God's love and compassion to those who are "born that way" by affirming and celebrating through "marriage" a behavior God does not condone nor celebrate, Planned Parenthood is explaining that people are really not born that way, but need a lifetime to think about it---and be indoctrinated.
In a twisted way, Planned Parenthood is advocating "transformation," while the church is merely an echo of the world culture, under the pretense of "God's love."
"Be not conformed to this world," Paul wrote, "but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
What are we thinking? God help us.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Blessed.