WARNING: this is graphic. If you click on this link you are responsible for what you see. This is not an inducement to click on the link (HT: Classical Presbsyterian). For those who don’t click the nub is that a an old and respected mainline Presbyterian seminary in VA is hosting a traveling show that features a female reproductive organ. I realize that this is the sort of stuff that seems to upset folk the most. There are other, even more important reasons, however, to be concerned about the Presbyterian mainline.
Rather than looking at the symptoms of decline in the mainline (promotion of homosexual marriage or this stage production) we should be asking: what sort of approach to Scripture and confession produces such ethics? What sort of approach to the faith causes folk to make a seminary into a center for social activism?
As loyal readers will remind us, if we ask these questions, we might do well to look in the mirror. Our seminaries and congregations might not host these exact events but they might host cultural events on the social and political right.
We should also ask those who are upset with the state of the Presbyterian mainline (the PCUSA) why are you still there? Do you realize that there is a struggling, fledgling Reformed and Presbyterian sideline who could use your energy and commitment to orthodoxy. There are presbyteries and classes where you can be Reformed without being ashamed. We have our issues, but you won’t have to pretend to be what you aren’t. You can come out of the closet, as it were, as the Calvin-loving Presbyterian you are.
You can find out a little about the sideline at NAPARC. Why not find a NAPARC congregation near you and check it out? If you want to find out more about the Presbyterian mainline, borderline, and sideline in the USA click on the link above for Recovering the Reformed Confession.