Polarizing Presbyterians

A couple weeks ago I attended the PCA’s General Assembly in Houston, TX and was pleased with the general measure of peace that characterized the work of the commissioners conducting the business of our denomination.  With Dr. Bryan Chapell as the moderator, our business was conducted with sobriety and cordiality, with an overall tenor of a passion for God’s truth and mercy.  A decent summary of our work, which ranged from resolutions concerning child abuse prevention and reporting to the adoption of a report that gave theological clarity to issues missionaries are facing in Muslim-majority cultures, has been posted here.

However, there was another Presbyterian General Assembly that met recently, and their story is one of sadness.  The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the largest Presbyterian denomination, yet like the proverbial dog returning to its vomit it appears to be repeating and entrenching its foolishness.  Below is a quote from this article that tells the unfortunate story of the PC-USA’s continued slide into cultural capitulation, impotence, and covenantal unfaithfulness.

Although church liberals love to insist their policies appeal to the rising generation, all of the available evidence indicates just the opposite. Liberalizing churches don’t attract young people, who, even if themselves liberal, tend to flock to churches they respect for not pandering to them. The same is true for racial minorities, who largely avoid liberal Mainline Protestantism in favor of ethnic or Evangelical churches.  Essentially, the PCUSA, by its votes this week, resolved to become even smaller, older, and whiter, creating a future that depends more and more on endowments instead of live people.

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