Monday, June 15, 2015

A Theology of Adjustment

Recently I heard the term “Theology of Adjustment” referring to a convenient theology changeable to the cultural themes. I was struck at how chameleon-like many of us are in modifying our religious thoughts to stay in touch with societal trends Currently the most popular concept for adjustment is homosexuality the (LGBT) political movement.  God calls Christians to love one another, and He does not tell us that certain people or sinners are excluded. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  And homosexuality is a sin regardless of what the world tells us. There is no proof that some are born this way. It is a choice, like all sins. So love the sinner and hate the sin. This is what God says. He also finds all sin including this one anathema to His will and teaching. 

But that is not my specific subject of the meditation, which will be marriage. The Bible speaks often of marriage and each time it is to be between a man and a woman. It never speaks of marriage as being between two loving people. Marriage is a state ordained by God. It is not a civil union or one legalized by the state. Civil unions and marriage licenses are obtained through the state.  But the term marriage is biblically derived. 

Marriage is meant to be forever and not to be broken except that it may be allowed in situations of marital infidelity. This is serious business and not to be modified for culturally relevant reasons. That is why I am so concerned with trends in the “mainline” churches. Some denominations have been allowing same-sex marriages. Moreover, recently one denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), changed an amendment to the Constitution to redefine marriage to be between two people. This allows man to decide who will be married when 47 times in Scripture God addresses marriage as only being between a man and a woman. The Bible says that in End Times there would be sensual people and scoffers doing what they want. We are to love them, hopefully to return to the truth.

That is my desire, to teach that God’s Word, the Bible is inerrant. Scripture says in Revelation 22:18-21 “If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of prophesy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” It is not for us to change what God has written and ordained. 

This change in the PCUSA constitution has forced me to ask if I will please man or God. I have chosen God and resigned my membership after 14 years of progressively more liberal leanings in the church. My desire was to try to influence policy, but this has fallen on deaf ears at the presbytery and church level. I will continue to pray for and teach the truth through my blog and writings. 

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