Here are some letters to the editors of the 'Confessing Church Movement' from various Presbyterian Churches:
[b]Stand together or fail[/b]
March 21, 2001
I am very sad for the Presbyterian Church. It seems to have forsaken the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures plainly give us the commands for righteous living. Same-sex unions are not righteous in the eyes of our Holy God.
I cannot and will not accept it. God is for me. I must stand for Him. I think we need to legally take our church back and make it a House of God once again instead of an institution of sin and immorality.
Christians across the world must stand with their God together or fail.
[b]We must corporately say, 'Here I Stand!'[/b]
I am Robby McBride, senior minister at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, S.C., with some 3,400 members.
I say, "amen" to Steven Bryant's letter. Our session has taken the 'three point' stance as well, which we, too, feel and believe is foundational to the Christian faith and practice. We have communicated this to our membership and this position has been applauded.
We, too, stand in opposition to the direction of our General Assembly and will not support their (GA) issues - we can't. I believe our church will join the Confessing Church Movement very soon (basically, we already have in our hearts).
I, too, will not leave our denomination, but will remain (as hard as it will be) and work for renewal. I will not walk away, but will remain and face those who say, "Damn them..."
Many of our churches struggle with the issue of separation of church and state, I believe our denomination is struggling with the issue of "separation of church and Jesus Christ." We are losing our denominational minds.
Just one week ago, I had the privilege of speaking with the vice moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan (a guest in our presbytery and in our church). I asked him what he thought of these issues since he was present at this year's General Assembly. His remarks were short and concise: "We do not struggle with these issues. We are guided by the Scriptures - God's Word - and God's Word is very clear about His inspired Word, very clear about marriage between a man and a woman, very clear about homosexual behavior, very clear about chastity in singleness, very clear about sin ... therefore, we do not struggle with these things." Then he asked me a question, "How can you debate these things which are prohibited in God's word?"
We (those of us who align with the Confessing Church Movement) must corporately say, "Here I stand!"
May God bless us.
Rev. Dr. Robert McBride
Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon