TILJournal

Truth In Love: News, Sports, and Culture Analysis and Commentary

New Manifestations of Idolatry and Impurity in the Modern Mainstream Church

Mainstream Church, Idolatry

Some very recent revelations of actions within two mainstream Protestant church denominations are manifesting levels of idolatry and impurity which are unprecedented and extremely disturbing but are also unfortunately not unexpected. They are but the latest logical extensions of the philosophy the Leftchurch has been operating under for many decades.

One of these actions involves a Seminary famous for its Leftist leanings, while the other involves a local church body belonging to a denomination of which this author was once a member. One act was a blatant display of pagan idolatry, while the other was an act of insanity and impurity.

The Idolatry: Confessing Sins and Giving Worship to Plants

…because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:25 [ESV]

Union Theological Seminary in New York is a very influential “progressive Christian” institution that teaches church leaders from many different Protestant denominations. On September 17, 2019, a professor of worship urged his students in afternoon chapel,

to “confess to the plants” their sins against them.

The purpose of this ‘exercise’ was to give a confession as,

an “expression of worship” and as a “liturgical response to our climate crisis.”

Inset.1.9.21.2019

Union Theological Seminary

This is giving worship to what has been created instead of the Creator. It is blatant idolatry in an institution that claims the mantle of “Christian.”

However, I cannot say this is an unexpected development at this institution in particular. The phantom “climate crisis” is but their latest excuse to champion Leftism over God.

On Union Theological Seminary’s website, their “Statement of Mission” begins with an acknowledgment of their Leftism.

Progressive theology has long taken shape at Union, where faith and scholarship walk together to be a moral force in the world.

Continuing on the same page, Union’s “Vision Statement” begins,

Education at Union Theological Seminary is deeply rooted in a critical understanding of the breadth of Christian traditions yet significantly instructed by the insights of other faiths.

The vision statement drones on for another hundred words and this is the only place where the word “Christian” is mentioned. There is one other mention of the word “Christian” in the “Mission Statement.”

However, there is no mention of the words, God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Lord, Great Commission, or Bible in either official statement of the Seminary. In fact, Christianity is officially regarded as a hodge-podge of “traditions”  to be “significantly instructed by the insights of other faiths.”

Moreover, Union has a very revealing “Statement of Diversity” that includes this;

We recognize that our mission is best fulfilled when we notice and embrace diversity across all social identities (race, class, gender, sex, ability, faith/belief, sexual orientation, age and all of the dimensions of identity that live within us),

Inset.2.9.21.2019The key to comprehending the all-inclusiveness declared here is the phrase “embrace diversity across all social identities” with a parenthesis clarifying that they really mean ‘all’ such identities. This is full-throated advocacy of identity politics and all the dangerous refuse that accompanies it.

The most recent and vociferous identity group to come to prominence has been the ‘transgender rights’ crowd. This movement promotes fantasy over reality and has produced an astounding amount of support for the prospects of child abuse even with toddlers, as this journal has documented several times.

The movement toward transgenderism has now permeated all corners of modern society in the western world. This occupation seems almost complete with the successful foray into formerly “Christian” denominations who are now welcoming and affirming the rights of “transgendered” individuals to lead their congregations.

The Impurity: Calling a Transgender Pastor

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, Romans 1:21-24 [ESV]

A local church in Ohio did something on July 1, 2019, that I believe is unprecedented among any of the plethora of Baptist church denominations. This congregation enthusiastically called a “transgender woman” by the name of Erica Saunders to be their new pastor.

Peace Community Church in Oberlin, Ohio, welcomed Erica Saunders as their new leader, an LGBT-affirming pastor who started identifying as a female in her first year of seminary at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

14349176502_719a4da182_mTwo items from this quote stand out right from the start. One item is that the author of the article has perhaps unintentionally accepted that ‘Erica’ is now a ‘her’ despite the biological reality that ‘Erica’ is actually a ‘he.’

Secondly, as was the case with Union Theological Seminary, the aberrant ideas took hold in the academic institution of training for church leaders. I have some experience combatting this kind of mindset in the same denomination which includes this Ohio church.

Peace Community Church is affiliated with the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Alliance of Baptists, and the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region.

I served as pastor of an American Baptist Church for nine years until I left both the congregation and the denomination. I spent a considerable amount of that time battling with many others against the incursion of groups such as the “Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists” aka AWAB and the “Baptist Peace Fellowship” into the American Baptist Churches.

The furious struggle of that time in the late 1990s through the mid-2000s was whether or not American Baptist Church congregations should be allowed to “welcome and affirm” practicing homosexuals into leadership positions in the local church while still affiliated with the denomination.

For my part, with God’s urging, I presented the biblical view that this should not be allowed through petition, and in a personal one-on-one meeting with the highest-ranking congregational authority in the ABC. The meeting resulted in a polite but firm refusal to attempt changing this policy of accepting LGBT leaders into the denomination.

The Spirit also moved me to present the biblical case in the form of a proposal at the Biennial Regional meeting of the ABC. All but 3 churches represented there voted to adopt that proposal, however, the vote was disallowed on a procedural technicality. Moreover, even though hundreds of churches and an entire region of the country left the ABC over this, the denomination remained resolute in its insistence upon this radical ‘inclusiveness.’

The church I served tried to carve out a middle way through this morass. On my recommendation, the congregation amended its Constitution to prohibit calling leaders who espoused the LGBT “welcoming and affirming” position. Against my recommendation, they also decided to remain affiliated with the larger American Baptist Churches denomination.

Inset.4.9.21.2019Nor is the ABC the only denomination providing such examples of sinful insanity and impurity within its ranks.  Those who also support the LGBT position include the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Church of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and even some in Reform and Conservative Judaism.

The three largest Christian organizations, Catholics, Southern Baptists, and Pentecostal or Assemblies of God churches do not support such positions. The generally Leftist United Methodist Church has yet to endorse ordaining LGBT supporters, however, it is under some pressure towards that end.

The Indictment: The Mainstream Church has Crossed the Rubicon

“Crossing the Rubicon” is a phrase taken from a historical event in 49 BC. It refers to  Julius Caesar crossing into Italy leading his army specifically against Roman law.

At the time, Caesar was a powerful general of the Roman army and the Governor of the region of Gaul, located in modern-day France. He wanted to enter Italy at the head of his army, which was expressly forbidden by the then Republic of Rome.

When he crossed the Rubicon river, he violated that law and set in motion a war which he would win and become the first ‘unofficial’ Emperor of Rome. It was written that just before Julius Caesar crossed over into Italy, he declared “Let the die be cast!”, and led his troops across the water.

For Caesar, that meant there was no turning back from their course now. It was a course that would rend a republic that lasted almost 500 years, and create a tyrannical dictatorship which would decay into decadence, division, and destruction.

The mainstream church has now crossed her own “Rubicon.” There is no turning back for those who practice idolatry and sanction impurity, except to confess their own sin in sorrow to the LORD Jesus Christ, repent, and “sin no more.”

Inset.5.9.21.2019That is incomprehensible to the Leftist mainstream church leadership today who proudly display their destructive, unrighteous behavior for all to witness. They have become the same as those Paul excoriated who are “claiming to be wise,” and yet they “became fools.”

However, there is a very bright ‘silver lining’ around these stormclouds. That silver lining is the transparency of the modern technological age provided through the advent of smartphones.

This means that the rise of cult-like Christian doctrine is not veiled in secrecy as it once was, because almost anyone anywhere can find these “new” teachings through an internet search. Thus, no person should be able to claim ignorance if they choose to be or remain a part of any organization espousing such evil.

Conversely, this also provides a critical tool for the faithful to warn others away from heretical teachers with the truth of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. It has literally never been easier to access Scripture online and all the tool needed to understand the Bible.

Anyone can access not only multiple versions of the Bible but the tools needed to find and decipher the original Hebrew and Greek of the Bible and do so for free. For example, my primary source for this is e-sword and can be downloaded for free.

Arm yourselves with the truth, and prayer and the support of brothers and sisters so that, like Jesus, you can tell others that in Christ,

you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

Featured and Top Image courtesy of David’s Flickr page – Creative Commons License
Inset Image 1 courtesy of David Merrett’s Flickr page – Creative Commons License
Inset Image 2 courtesy of michael_swan’s Flickr page – Creative Commons License
Inset Image 3 courtesy of Equality Michigan’s Flickr page – Creative Commons License
Inset Image 4 courtesy of Sam T’s Flickr page – Creative Commons License
Inset Image 5 courtesy of Kigali Wire’s Flickr page – Creative Commons License

All other sources linked or cited in the text

 

 

Categories: Analysis, Commentary, Culture, Opinion

Tags: , , , ,

6 replies

  1. It is very difficult to find a ‘place of worship’ anymore. Either communally or individually. Either the tenets are corrupt or the individual leader has an issue with power, or Israel or something. I always get the argument I am looking for perfection. Of course that isn’t it. Just looking for a place that strives to adhere to biblical principles and preaches Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Even when a church begins that way the cultural erosion and fear cocktail inebriates quickly.

    Liked by 2 people

    • I agree completely and applaud you on making the effort to be discerning. Of course, there is no ‘perfect’ church and, like you, that is not what I am looking for either. In short, I seek out gatherings where God is glorified, the gospel is preached, the Bible is faithfully taught in order to make disciples, and the LORD Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Your text and other themes suggested to me these reflections; I hope that add to the subject.

    Praise The LORD!

    Thank you and blessings, Osborn!

    “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

    But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:11,12

    Honest and Faithful Christianity The Holy Bible is the most Revolutionary, ostensible, and manifest doctrine on Earth; because it expresses the Thought and Will of GOD – THE CREATOR.

    CHRISTIAN Faith as a tool, medium, and method for access to TRUTH is followed only by Art and the Scientific Method; on direct OPPOSITION to POLICY; and the common maneuvers of the interests of the different groups and societies constituted by men, in different places and moments of history.

    FAITH, honest art and science converge and unite for the sake of TRUTH and GOOD.

    It seems quite evident that God created pets, animals of different species, and all things, and united us, to inspire in humans the desire to care, and to teach them to respect and love all around them.

    Since evolution and civilization have alienated human animals from the understanding and feeling that they also belong to the same Creator Principle of Heaven and Earth.

    DIVINE WISDOM shows that pets, and animals in general, are as worthy or more than human animals; and have always deserved the respect and care of human beings, but they are cruelly neglected.

    Whether the intention of the LGBTNZFX… agenda is to preach the RELATIVITY of sexes to decrease population; then, why not encourage adoption and care for pets?!

    A NEW AWARENESS, yes, is a legitimate and healthy global movement:

    . Necessary FAITH in the GOOD, derived from the honest understanding and practice of Christian doctrine;

    . PETS, animals in general, and the environment being treated with respect by humans, to the benefit of all; and,

    . THE VEGAN REVOLUTION; because it is not possible to destroy all forests and turn them into pasture for fattening cattle; NOT for the excessive and unhealthy use of animal protein in human food, but to enrich the livestock industry and its affiliated political stands; to the detriment of the environment and the health of animals and people.

    This is the BEST and CORRECT way to contain the worldwide demographic explosion without resorting to mass extermination, or vaccines, wars, or confused religious and/or cultural policies, which aim to make-up and manipulate reality to deceive, with lies and with POLITICAL PURPOSES of power struggle.

    “6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

    7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

    8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

    10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

    11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

    12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:6-12

    “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23

    Liked by 1 person

  3. A wide range of comments to be sure, my friend. However, my responses will concern a narrower focus on a couple of things you mentioned.
    To be biblically correct we must concede that the clear teachings of Scripture are that Human Beings are separate and above animals in creation as only humans were made in the “image and likeness of God.” Humans have failed to live up to this since Eden, but are still given authority over the earth. However, we are also warned that we are responsible to God as the caretaker or manager of His creation for His glory. Of course, animals are not given this responsibility by God either. So while we have the highest status of all Creation, we are accordingly given the highest responsibility for the rest of Creation until the end and the coming of the New Heavens and New earth, praise the LORD forever! As the creator of my favorite comic book hero Spider Man wrote: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Blessings to you my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Idolatry is wrong and should be condemned for it is one of the cause of moral and spiritual corruption

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to carlos SP Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s