By Viola Larson, Naming His Grace blog.
We live in a time of false teaching and apostasy. The Presbyterian Church (USA) carries this burden of apostasy. It usually cost something to stand faithfully in such times. In JRR Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, as a new evil Shadow arises and creeping darkness engulfs their universe, Frodo, the Hobbit, says, “I wish it need not had happened in my time.” Gandalf, the wizard, replies:
“So do I,” … “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
After going through the correct process of discernment, voting and obtaining enough yes votes to leave the PCUSA the session of received an e-mail with an attachment telling us that the church buildings and name would be given to those who voted against leaving. Among other items the negotiating team wrote:
“Having discovered a healthy group of Journey members who wish to continue Journey church as a PCUSA congregation, The Transition Team made a motion to COM in accordance with the Book of Order and the new Dismissal Policies, that Presbytery appoint an Administrative Commission with original jurisdiction in order to move forward with this intended plan. COM passed this motion unanimously.
“Subsequently, we mailed letters to the membership list that you provided, explaining the COM action, especially informing any who had voted against the dismissal request, that Journey, PCUSA church will continuine [sic] at the present location assuming that Presbytery adopts the motion.”