Anticipating the flight of Christians faithful to the clear teaching of the Scriptures on marriage, the Roman Catholics are issuing a wide welcome to refugees fleeing the Presbyterian Church (USA).
In a post encouraging Roman Catholics to welcome the return of those who have wandered from “the Church” into Protestantism and ultimately found themselves in a denomination that practices “gay marriage and infanticide,” Mark Shea says “we must make it our business to welcome them.”
Shea tells his Roman Catholic readers that “as the mainlines continue to bleed out due to outrageous betrayals of the gospel like this, the refugees stream in many directions as they flee such rubbish, and not a few of them head for Rome for the very simple reason that the Church goes on teaching what she always taught.”
Shea is right that many will leave the PCUSA over its most recent actions to authorize gay marriage and its failure to stand clearly with Israel. And I hope that wherever those who leave go, they will be welcomed and transplanted into a living community of faith where the Gospel of Christ is preached without shame and people are led to lead lives that are worthy of the calling of Christ. But I admit that I hope folks will discern a church home where the essential tenets of the Reformed faith guide the preaching and teaching.
Is it clear that the Gospel, the Cross and Jesus are central to the life, worship, witness and ministry of this particular church?
Is God honored as sovereign over all — all decisions, all advocacy positions, all worship practices, all curriculum, all programs, all those in leadership, all in all?
Is the Bible held in its right esteem as the Word of God and actively submitted to in the faith and life of the church and her people?
What other questions are you asking about your church these days?
What are you doing if indeed the Gospel is not preached, God is not honored or the Scriptures are not upheld in the church you call “home?” Let me know here or via Twitter @preslayman