Wednesday, October 21, 2015

21 October 2015

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

Presbyterians Week Headlines
A 19 October 2015 Christian Today article by Andre Mitchell titled “Christians Criticise South African Church for Allowing Gay Marriages, Ordination of Openly Homosexual Ministers” reports that the synod of the Dutch Reformed Church (NGK) in South Africa at their recent meeting by a two-thirds margin voted to recognize homosexual marriages and allow the ordination of uncelibate homosexual ministers.
NGK moderator Nelis Janse van Rensburg commented:
“It is historical because with this decision we actually are at a point where there can be no doubt that the Dutch Reformed Church is serious about human dignity.
"And you know that we are living in this country where we have so many problems with the dignity of people.
"Church councils and congregations are like families. They will eventually decide how they will go about it. They know the context, they know the situation, they know about the faith of these people, so they can decide on that.

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An 18 October 2015 front page Roanoke Times article by Sara Gregory titled “First Presbyterian Votes to Affiliate with Evangelical Branch” reports that First Presbyterian Church of Roanoke, Virginia voted by an eighty percent margin to leave the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church because of the PCUSA’s progressive agenda including support for ordaining gay and sexually active individuals as pastors, allowing pastors to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, and  support abortion rights.
The church will change its name to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Roanoke, and will keep the church building appraised at US$3.9 million. In return for the PCUSA dismissing First Presbyterian, the church will pay the PCUSA’s Peaks Presbytery US$800,000 over the next ten years and give the presbytery title to the church’s manse.

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