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Mark D. Roberts on the Shame of the Presbyterian Church, USA

Wednesday, August 23, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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As I posted Monday, the Presbyterian Church, USA has published a nutter book on 9/11, one which asserts that the Bush Adminsitration was behind the attacks of 9/11. 

Accomplished PCUSA pastor, theologian, author and blogger Mark D. Roberts has a series of posts on the controversy which must be read at least by every member of the denomination. He collects the key reactions and attempted explanations, including my favorite:

In a Christianity Today article, Vice President of Publishing at Westminster John Knox (a division of PPC) said, “We have a long tradition of being a publisher of somewhat progressive stances on theological and social issues, so it is not out of character for us to do this.”

If the accusation of the murder of 3,000 Americans is “somewhat progressive,” then I wonder what really progressive is.  What insanity.

Roberts puts the tough question for all PCUSA congregations, their sessions and pastors on the table:

I’ve asked people to be patient during this PCUSA crisis. In this website I’ve tried to explain the nuances of our polity, and how “receiving” a report doesn’t mean endorsing it, and how allowing governing bodies freedom with respect to homosexuality doesn’t erase our stated ban on gay ordination. I’ve touted the numerous benefits of denominations. Yet now the PPC, an arm of the PCUSA, publishes a book that will multiply discord and distraction. I wonder when my congregation will say, “Enough is enough. Why do we continue to be part of a denomination that consistently does things that are so obviously divisive and unwise, if not offensive to us? When does the cost of being part of the PCUSA overwhelm the dwindling benefits?” As a pastor, I wonder how much longer I want to keep putting out denominationally-set fires in an effort to protect my church from burning down.

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