Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why I'm not in the PCUSA


Some people still don't understand why I set aside over a decade of preparation for ministry and official status in the high-paying PCUSA. It is fundamentally this: the PCUSA refuses to provide basic care to the people in the pew, especially when it comes to giving pulpits to false-shepherds who actively undermine the confidence God's people should have in God's Word. While I should have seen it long before I did, it took the flagrant scorn towards the Scriptures evidenced by an ordained clergyman in my (now former) presbytery of care to show me that even the best presbyteries were unwilling to do anything about the spreading cancer.

I am so sick and tired of these people pretending to have some sort of humility while also standing up, shaking their fists at the heavens and saying: "My God wouldn't do X or Y or Z like the God of the Old Testament does, so obviously the Bible is wrong!!!"

The best part is when these pretenders to the pastorate claim that an orthodox view of Scriptures is - at best - juvenile and naive. Of course, it doesn't take long for them to jump on the "okay...it's just a white male heterosexualist power trip in disguise, you meanie!"


To them, I'll say this: I've been deeply wounded by the words of Scripture. But those wounds were for my good. My pride has been pommeled. My lust has been lambasted. My sloth has been slapped. My avarice assailed and my gluttony gored. My wrath routed and my envy immolated.

Yes...Scripture hurts us. Scripture wounds people.

If it didn't, we couldn't be healed.
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6

7 comments:

Kevin said...

I looked at Shuck's blog after seeing arrogant and condescending remarks from him on Naming His Grace. I must say, it is difficult to imagine how anyone who has such utter contempt for God's Word can in any way be regenerate. After all the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit is not only to grant comprehension of God's Word but faith in it. Maybe God will yet quicken his dead soul. I hope so, for his sake and for the sake of the souls under his care.

Rev'd Chris Larimer said...

"For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ." Philippians 3:18

Ora pro eo

Jim Jordan said...

Love your photos of postmodern know-it-alls. I might just have to assign them to certain commenters on my blog.

Shuck reminds me of that episode on South Park where the gay teacher was trying to get fired and kept on saying and doing more disgusting things but everyone kept commenting how kind and "courageous" he was. I know it's bad that I watched South Park but it sure helps me understand Pastor Shuck! :-)

Rev'd Chris Larimer said...

Spurgeon.org is the source. Great ones there.

John Shuck said...

I commend your decision to leave the PCUSA. That was a good move on your part.

Rev'd Chris Larimer said...

And I commend Holston for admitting you to the minister as a presbyter in their bounds. It was kind of them to tip their hand and show me how little time I would have to actually minister if I had to refute heresies the rest of the church dealt with 1700 years ago.

Toby Brown said...

Great post!

Is not his Word like a fire?