A lesson from above
originally hoped to weld all U.S. Protestant denominations into a single superstructure. That attempt having failed, proponents now advocate a more amorphous intermingling. A key feature of the current plan is its refusal to address substantive theological differences among denominations.
We can learn a valuable lesson from our northern neighbors. The UCC merged most Protestants in Canada. (Some Presbyterians resisted assimilation, but the majority was incorporated into the new denomination.) Now it has elected a moderator who denies Christianity’s most essential doctrines. His General Council has publicly supported his positions.
When denominations (or those trying to unite them) decide that theology does not matter, statements such as those made by the UCC’s moderator are the inevitable indicators of official capitulation to theological pluralism, the belief that Christianity and Confucianism, animism and atheism, all lead directly to “god.”
Overture 98-36 asks the Charlotte General Assembly to have the PCUSA modify “its status in COCU from that of member to that of observer.” We urge the Assembly to approve the overture. Our denomination declares, “Theology matters.” Therefore we must turn away from any path that would lead us in the opposite direction.