I agree with Pastor Greg Johnson’s read of the assembly. He and his fellow LGBTQers have won. In the PCA, the aggressive victimhood and shamelessness of gays and lesbians and their enablers is here to stay.
It’s inconceivable to establishment men that any of their critics has serious motives. Keep in mind that these men of Missouri Presbytery are the establishment of the PCA. It is their job to defend the respectability of the PCA, Missouri Presbytery, Covenant Theological Seminary, and the large wealthy churches around the country whose pastors got their MDivs at Covenant over the course of the past quarter-century.
The base strategy of rich liberal pastors and denominational leaders is dressing up the latest social justice fad in Biblical drag. It will never end. Look to rich men for leadership and they’ll lead you into the same betrayal of Scripture that got them lots of money and very large congregations.
Study committees are the tools liberal denominational leaders use to deny there is any schism or heresy. After all, the servant of God doesn’t study schism and heresy. He files charges against it and works intensely for its removal from his sheepfold where it threatens the souls of his sheep.
Missouri Presbytery never stops faulting Revoice’s critics. When one thinks of all the verses they might have quoted warning their own Missouri Presbytery Revoicers, then the absence of such warnings in 143 pages of text, their project is clarified.
This is not to say warnings aren’t needed or heeded by us and Revoice’s other critics.
Missouri Presbytery’s pastors here justify their cowardice by pointing out how gentle, reasonable, and ever-so-humble they are while the shepherds who criticized Revoice are (and we list them in order)…
Revoice calls good what Scripture and our confessional Westminster Standards call evil. Revoice blesses what God curses. Revoice is intentionally promoting schism within the Church, seeking to draw out disciples from among the people of God. They are men who have arisen among us seeking sheep they may devour, and Missouri Presbytery is happy to oblige. Missouri Presbytery refuses to keep watch over these sheep, cozying up to the wolves instead.
Sin blinds us, rendering our thinking irrational and our speech and writing done towards self-justification of that sin nonsensical to those not sharing that sin with us. This is the real reason the flock of God was scandalized by Revoice and now is scandalized by Missouri Presbtytery’s 143-page document justifying Revoice. It’s not that the flock of God lacks charity.
How we define our words is important. Not only do definitions clarify meanings, they shape thoughts. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21) says the Lord, and often the determining factor in whether those words bring life or death depends upon their appearance or disappearance from our common usage.