In a teeth-shattering, cartilage-crushing, skull-splintering blow to the satanic scourge that is Revoice, the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) voted at their 2021 the General Conference 1438-417 to adopt Overture 23, which states in full:
“Officers in the Presbyterian Church in America must be above reproach in their walk and Christlike in their character. Those who profess an identity (such as, but not limited to, ‘gay Christian,’ ‘same-sex attracted Christian,’ ‘homosexual Christian,’ or like terms) that undermines or contradicts their identity as new creations in Christ, either by denying the sinfulness of fallen desires (such as, but not limited to, same-sex attraction), or by denying the reality and hope of progressive sanctification, or by failing to pursue Spirit-empowered victory over their sinful temptations, inclinations, and actions are not qualified for ordained office.“
In short, same-sex attractions in and of themselves are sinful, not just same-sex acts. Furthermore, any man who makes his sexuality part of his identity and affirms he’ll always struggle with same-sex attraction; denying the efficacy of a new heart upon one’s sexuality and denying that “such were some of you” is the normative expectation for Christians who are being sanctified by Christ, is not qualified to be Pastor.
It is a decisive win for critics of the denomination’s drift in recent years- faithful men and women who have been rattling their cages against Trojan Horse Schemes that were used to smuggle in liberalized language and postures used towards homosexuals and sodomites that is not found in the scriptures. These “creeper-in-unawarers” denied that sanctification in Christ means that one’s sexuality will be ultimately, inexorably be redeemed by him, but rather they said that all must adopt a “humble hermeneutic; while arguing that some people will always struggle with their lusts and that their struggles are not sin but in some way a gift to the church.
They also voted 1130-692 to affirm Overture 37, which reads in part about pastoral candidates: :
…Careful attention must be given to his practical struggle against sinful actions, as well as to persistent sinful desires. The candidate must give clear testimony of reliance upon his union with Christ and the benefits thereof by the Holy Spirit, depending on this work of grace to make progress over sin… While imperfection will remain, he must not be known by reputation or self-profession according to his remaining sinfulness, but rather by the work of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus.
Nothing but a wrecked heap of asphalt, blood and bone.
Unlike Resolutions in the SBC, this becomes part of their Book of Church Order, making it binding on all churches within the denomination. In every way imaginable, this was a direct repudiation and maiming of Revoice mentality, and it happened right in the heart of St Louis, Missouri, where that usurping disturbed of the scriptures was birthed and allowed to flourish.
Well done, PCA. Now do Critical Race Theory next.
Editor’s Note. This article was written by Pastor Ed Litton and published at Protestia.
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