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A letter to Mission Presbytery

letterBy Michael Robinson

 

Dear Stated Clerk,

Thank you for your willingness to listen to my thoughts and concerns regarding the serious doubts I am having about the Presbyterian Church USA and my continuing ability to serve within it as an Ordained Elder.

I consider the members of the First Presbyterian Church here in Uvalde to be my friends and church family. Because of this, it makes my deliberations about asking the session of my church to lay aside my election as an ordained elder of the PCUSA extremely difficult. While there have always been differences between the members of this church and the previous PCUSA church where my wife and I were once members, the First Presbyterian Church of Temple, Texas, I never doubted that my brothers and sisters in Christ were sincere in their faith and made a genuine effort to respond to God’s grace and mercy with their utmost abilities. We didn’t always agree but despite our differences we listened to one another and respected each other’s ideas.

That being said, over the years, when I followed the decisions, words and actions of the higher levels of the Presbyterian Church specifically, the General Assembly and to some extent the Presbytery, I have been saddened, angered, and grieved over the interpretations of scripture and the churches efforts to support and promote leftist and socialist political agendas within the arena of the United States Federal Government.

For example, a few years ago, I was horrified to find the PCUSA signed on with a number of other church denominations supporting the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also know as Obamacare.

About that same time frame, I asked a pastor who served as the Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Uvalde about actions the PCUSA has taken to promote and further secular political agendas and he told me that this type of political activism happens all the time.

Read more at http://callofthereal.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-letter-to-mission-presbytery-of-pcusa.html

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16 comments

  1. Exile in MD says:

    My wife and I have made the difficult decision to leave our church home of 20 years for many of the same reasons. The bottom line is that the PC(USA) stopped following the Scriptures years and years ago. We stayed for the past decade hoping and praying for a miracle and change of direction from the denomination..but it was only a matter of time that this happened. Abortion on demand, the biased anti-Israel stance and gay marriage are all symptoms of a church that is more interested in being an arm of the DNC than being a body of Christ followers.

    We have spent the past 6 weeks worshipping at other local churches and have been thrilled to hear the gospel preached without all the controversy that is the PC(USA). I am committed to my friendships and relationships with those who remain at the PC(USA) – but I for one feel free.

  2. Wayne S says:

    My wife and I have left our 25 year affiliation with a PCUSA church, and she resigned her position on the Session. We understand the desire of gay couples for rights under man’s law, but reject the thought that such unions should be sanctified in a Service of Worship or by an ordained minister. Entirely unbiblical!!!

  3. Sylvia B says:

    Thank you, Mr. Robinson, for your thoughtful letter. I too am struggling with the decision of what path to take – I’m afraid that I must resign my positions as music director, organist, treasurer, and elder, and leave the church. I’m not completely surprised, having investigated the denomination before I joined five years ago, but I did not fully realize how appalling the situation is and how intrusive the actions of GA will be. The more I read, the more I feel convinced that this is Devil’s work. But where to go? I live in a somewhat isolated coastal area, there are few options here, and other church choices are half a day’s journey distant.

    It sounds as if Michael Robinson has not yet reached a conclusion as to his course of action – I hope we will know what he plans when he has decided.

  4. James H says:

    I just hate what’s happening to us a once great denomination. It’s a shame. We went from being somewhat middle of the road where we could all live together and now to this, people leaving in droves.
    Que the theme music from the movie Exodus.

    • John N says:

      ***I just hate what’s happening to us a once great denomination. It’s a shame. We went from being somewhat middle of the road where we could all live together and now to this, people leaving in droves.**

      Surprise, surprise, surprise, and what made you think an apostate organization who itself is its own authority would want to live under a rainbow type of umbrella??

      If you or I believe in traditional marriage, 1 man with 1 woman for a lifetime calling homosexuality of all kinds throwing in transgender an abomination, than we can be called HOMOPHOBES, and one day be jailed as a felon if these type of people get there way, and why not, look at Sodom and Gammorah.

      Is not this behavior Perversion???

  5. Kay Hill says:

    To Mr. Michael Robinson:
    Excellent letter…

  6. Jan Groom says:

    God has called me to renounce my membership, my ordination as elder, my lifetime membership in PW, and resign as organist. I have deep and unique ties to FPC Mabank, TX, that began 56 years ago at the death of my mother, and continued through baptisms, first communions, marriages, ordinations of my son and myself, deaths of parents and my husband, and a whole host of friends. It is my deep conviction that God will not bless PCUSA, nor any church under its umbrella. Satan has a foothold and it has a trickle down effect. It breaks my heart. I have heard and felt the Holy Spirit at times at FPC Mabank, but that has become a very faint echo. God calls us to repent and turn back to Him. That’s my prayer for PCUSA as I shake the dust from my feet.

  7. Justin says:

    I read the letter and would challenge a points made by Mr. Robinson. I was at the General Assembly and, as near as I could recall, every time someone called for prayer, the moderator/vice moderator stopped what the group was doing, and we prayed. I thought this was a wonderful thing, and I don’t want any further misinformation put out there about what the GA did or did not do in Detroit.

    • I don’t think he was referring to plenary … but this indeed happened in some committees when members wished to refer to Scripture.

    • Hugh Taylor says:

      Requests were made to read scripture and it was voted down.

      • guest says:

        this doesn’t surprise me. even in the Catholic Church these days there are some liberal priests to be found, one in my local church in particular i have personally heard refer to Biblical truths as less than that, saying they are not to be taken literally. although we talk about it sometimes rather lightly, this has become a serious issue for those of us who live in small isolated communities where there simply aren’t many options available. speaking from my experience virtually all of the Christian so called churches in my community have gone flaming liberal. it’s impossible to find a group here that believes in sound Biblical doctrine any more. the question now becomes what to do when there’s no place to turn, that’s the direction this is all headed.

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