A faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches in 15 denominations and 15.7 million African-American members has broken ties with the Presbyterian Church (USA), over its decision to allow same-sex marriages.
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) also urged “the entire Christendom to do so as well.”
As of March 17th, a majority of PCUSA presbyteries — 86 if the 171 regional bodies — had voted in favor of changing the denomination’s definition of marriage so that same-sex weddings may be conducted by PCUSA pastors and in PCUSA churches.
The vote officially changed the definition of marriage found in the PCUSA’s constitution from being between “a man and a woman” to marriage being “a unique relationship between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”
Speaking the coalition’s decision to break ties with the PCUSA over its decision, the Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI president noted “NBCI and its membership base are simply standing on the Word of God within the mind of Christ. We urge our brother and sisters of the PCUSA to repent and be restored to fellowship.”
“The PCUSA’s manipulation represents a universal sin against the entire church and its members,” the statement read. “With this action, PCUSA can no longer base its teachings on 2,000 years of Christian scripture and tradition, and call itself a Christian entity in the body of Christ. It has forsaken its right by this single wrong act.”
The statement cites the Apostle Paul, who “warns us about this when he declared in Galatians 1:8 that there are those who will preach another Gospel.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him…For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
“No church has the right to change the Word of God,” said a statement released by the NBCI. “By voting to redefine marriage PCUSA automatically forfeits Christ’s saving grace. There is always redemption in the body of Christ through confession of faith and adhering to Holy Scripture. In this case, PCUSA deliberately voted to change the Word of God and the interpretation of holy marriage between one man and one woman. This is why we must break fellowship with them and urge the entire Christendom to do so as well.”
According to the statement, the NBCI is “a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.”