Thursday, July 23, 2009
The most recent World Magazine is calling attention to continued theological and membership slippage by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a clip entitled "Sore Loser."
The article cites a 70,000-person decline in membership, and a loss of 25 congregations who quit for other fellowships. The cause of the bloodletting is, of course, encroaching theological liberalism in the mainline denomination, especially the issue of homosexuality and whether practicing gays should be allowed in the pulpit.
However, one pastor described as a "liberal pastor/blogger," -- John Shuck -- blames it on other "baggage." What kind of baggage, you may ask? According to the article, here's what he says:
"Creeds, boring hymns, bashing gays, superstition, and the general nausea caused by Christian evangelism."
Oh. My. Lands. Or should I say, "aw, shucks?"
If this is the position of the majority of Presbyterian pastors in this particular branch of Presbyterianism, it's no wonder that people are leaving in droves. John Knox would be appalled.
Come to think of it, I have a strong suspicion that the Lord Jesus Christ would be appalled as well. Especially seeing how His command to evangelize is described as causing "general nausea."