Resolution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church-US Concerning Same Sex Marriage.
This news item was part of the weekly “Aquila Report” summary I receive each week ( I have referenced this before and encouraged you to subscribe. It is a good source for news on Reformed and Presbyterian churches, colleges, etc.). This resolution recently adopted by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America is faithful to Scripture and powerful in its witness to the truth of God on sexuality and marriage.
I will give you the “AR” introduction (below) and urge you to read this entire resolution at the link above. And now, I also ask you, Is it time for our churches through its Synod also to address this matter to our government? Do we not even have the duty before God to do so? We have made statements before on Sabbath observance and union membership. Why not on this pressing issue of our day?
I am simply thinking out loud. Why would we not?! I know the arguments we have mustered in the past about doing this kind of thing (It’s not ecclesiastical business; it’s a matter of private citizenship, not public church pronouncement, etc.), but are these really true and justifiable? Is not the church the conscience of the nation? Does she not speak publicly from her pulpit every week (And now, through the Internet more openly and farther and wider than ever before!)? Why then not publicly to our government by way of letter?
I also understand the question of where to draw the line, if one starts to do this. Shall we then also draft letters on abortion, other marriage issues, as well other social evils? These are not easy questions to answer, and I do not pretend to have the answers. I do believe, however, that we have “privatized” our united, ecclesiastical and public faith too much.
In any case, here is the Aquila Report introduction to the resolution:
The Reformed Presbyterian Church in the U.S., at it meeting on April 19, 2013, adopted a statement concerning Homosexuality and Same Sex marriage. They intentionally included positions from the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church with the hope that they would once again join in making a prophetic statement to those in civil authority that the fear and judgment of God may at least move enough legislators and judges not to approve of or support legalizing “same sex marriage.” Their desire is that the whole Christian, and especially the Reformed church, should protest this matter.
And here is the first part of the resolution. Read the rest here:
The Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States being of more recent origin than the Presbyterian Church in America does at this date adopt the position of the Presbyterian Church in America on Homosexuality adopted at the 5th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, 1977, 5-49, 4, p. 67 and 8, p. 68:
Whereas, God has plainly spoken of homosexuality in his Word, denouncing both the, act and the desire as sin, condemning this perversion as unnatural, a degrading, passion, an indecent act, an error, an abomination and hence worthy of death (Lev. 18:22, Rom. 1:26-32); and
Whereas, we recognize, that God’s righteous judgment is upon those who approve of such detestable acts, as well as those who practice them; and
Moreover, whereas God has clearly stated that the condoning of homosexuals along with murderers, immoral men, kidnappers, liars, perjurers and all other unrighteousness is contrary to sound teaching (1 Timothy 1:11, 2 Peter 3:14-18);
Therefore, be it resolved that the General Assembly encourage Christians to recognize their responsibility to petition the powers that be that such men and women who practice, approve, or condone any of these activities not be invested with the authority to teach in schools or be in a position where they can influence our nation, which professes “In God we trust.”