The Presbyterian Church USA is not the Lord’s church. In 2021, they reported they lost over 51,000 members to their denomination (https://www.christianpost.com/news/pcusa-lost-51k-members-4-presbyteries-in-2021-stats-report.html). While losing members is not indicative of one’s standing with the Lord, in the case of the Presbyterian Church USA, this specific denomination does not belong to Him who died to save and add to His church (Matt. 16:13-19).
How can I say such a thing? Consider the following: first, the name of the church is found nowhere in the New Testament. Second, the form of government (presbyterian) is only partially in accordance with the New Testament, but not very much. In the New Testament, the elders (presbyters, bishops, overseers, pastors) are the local leaders of the congregation; there is no earthly headquarters on earth, there is no place to whom a local congregation is to send money to finance an institution that directs from some other location. Third, and this is the significant point in this article, the Lord’s church does not alter its stance when the Lord declares Himself on a topic. The Presbyterian Church USA can’t say that.
Notice the headline from the Washington Times: “Presbyterian group to count ‘nonbinary/genderqueer’ members in next census, church says” (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/oct/26/presbyterian-group-count-nonbinarygenderqueer-memb). The gist of this news piece is related to identifying among them their members and how they identify. A representative of the church said, “For instance, we’ve always asked how many female members there are in the church. We’re now asking how many men, women and nonbinary/genderqueer members there are. We’ve never asked that question so we don’t know how many people will fill it out.”
Members of the Lord’s church are those who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb, those who have identified with the Lord Jesus in their dying to sin and living unto righteousness. Those who identify as “nonbinary / genderqueer” (sounds robotic) are morally and spiritually sick people who are in desperate need of the Lord on His terms, not their own.
Because the Presbyterian Church allows their doctrines to be controlled by the political climate of the day, it was noted, “‘It’s one of the fastest declining denominations in America,’ Mr. Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a D.C.-based think tank, said. ‘Is it even going to exist as a denomination 15 years from now?’”
Lest it be perceived that the spiritually sick can find no place in the Lord’s church, let us be reminded that all of us can identify, to some degree, with those on the outside who are spiritually sick, whatever their sickness might be (or might have been). We all need a home, but as we seek a home, let it be the Lord’s home and on His terms. Otherwise, when we make a home for ourselves on our own terms, we soon learn it has no foundation.