- Can't affirm same-sex marriage? You're a hater, bigot or homophobe * !!
- Don't want to take pictures or bake a cake for a SSM? Be prepared to be brought before a Civil Rights Commission and/or be sued for pain and suffering
- Believe that if Jesus didn't talk about it in the New Testament, its only because He already said His piece in the Old Testament? You're a bibliolater, one having excessive reverence for the letter of the Bible.
- Believe that the PC(USA) Constitution's two parts, the Book of Confessions and Book of Order, are equal in authority, and second only to Scripture? You're wrong, we can change anything with an AI, and we will.
However, its another General Assembly year, and the number of overtures sent to GA this year has been limited by the requirements to have two Presbyteries concur on the overture. This new requirement may have reduced the workload of a few committees by half.
Then again, there are about 7 or 8 different overtures to change the Book of Order's definition of marriage. If the committee thinks it over correctly, they can combine overtures into one. However, we also have a push to have the GA create an Authoritative Interpretation (AI) to change the definition of marriage If this gains traction it could cause a major uproar in the denomination, and the PC(USA) would see more departures, both by individuals as well as entire congregations.
Why ? Because an AI would bypass the normal way to change the Constitution by eliminating the voting by the presbyteries. This would force the will of a minority, a mere 340 or so commissioners, on the entire denomination of 1.8 million. But, but, but .. the regressives in the denomination would point out that one of the basis of our polity is that the Holy Spirit works in our councils. The problem is, the Westminster Confession (part of that pesky Constitution) also says that councils do ERR!!!
This is why an overture passed by the GA is sent to the presbyteries for approval, so that other councils can pray, think and say YEA or NAY on the overture. It provides a second chance for the Spirit to work to confirm or correct the action of the GA.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be going over the most controversial of this years crop of overtures.
Now .... for something completely different.A few years ago, after a blog post where I copied a friend's Alternate Universe News Report, a comment was left that said:
Why do you refer to yourself as a "reformed Catholic"? Why don't you just address yourself as a Presbyterian? As a Catholic, I find apostates like yourself hold on to the term "Catholic" as a means of currying favor with the world. It is always "recovering Catholic" or "lapsed Catholic", never a complete divorce from the Church. Is there any justification for the tag line "reformed Catholic"? Just be a Presbyterian, which is completely irreconcilable to Catholicism.I answered with this
Why do I use the term, because, as many of the Reformers were, I was brought up Roman Catholic, and lost the faith.
I returned to Christianity as a whole, the church Catholic, when I started attending a Reformed church, a PC(USA)church.
I have no quarrel with Roman Catholicism, only with the man-made rules that were added after the period of the Church Fathers, starting around 900 AD.
In our basic beliefs, there is nothing that I believe that is different from the Roman Catholic. We both pray and believe in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, as do most of Christianity.
And as far as you calling me apostate, there are two definitions for that term:
Definition of APOSTASY
1: renunciation of a religious faith
2: abandonment of a previous loyalty : defection
I do not recognize the first definition as applying, as I have not abandoned my faith in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is only one way to the Father, and that is in Christ Jesus.
As far as the second definition, yes, I have abandoned my previous loyalty to the institution of the Roman Catholic Church, I'm not all that loyal to the PC(USA) for that matter.
There is only one loyalty I hold to, and that is my faith in my Savior.
Soli Deo Gloria
And this is why I call myself the Reformed Catholic.
.... and so it goes!