FROM THE PULPIT: Disagreeing with dumbing down the Gospel

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 08:39 PM.

As of this writing, my denomination is holding its biennial General Assembly meeting in Detroit.

This meeting, comprising 500-plus elected pastors and elders from across the country, makes decisions for the whole denomination to live by or vote upon by regions.

I love being a Presbyterian, but it does not mean I like everything my denomination decides. This denomination has made decisions with which I have totally agreed, and decisions with which I have totally disagreed.

This year will be no different.

When I look at decisions made with which I disagree, it is because I find some matters go beyond what I believe a denomination should be doing — like becoming involved in international political affairs. Such matters are far too complex for the average church member to completely understand, let alone make an educated decision.

Manipulating scripture's interpretation to be more “politically correct” is another matter with which I disagree. There is a growing demand to interpret scripture in such a way that it will not be offensive to anyone. (This is not unique to Presbyterians.)

In essence, the tail is wagging the dog.

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