Somehow black churches aren’t feeling compelled to help out another “minority.”
I reported earlier that the Presbyterians have re-defined marriage (and mis-defined it) as a relationship between two “persons” rather than between a man and a woman.
Another church group has responded. Charisma Magazine reports, “34,000 Black Churches Break Ties With Presbyterian Church USA.”
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African-Americans, has broken its fellowship with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) following its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage.
The Presbyterian General Assembly, the top legislative body of the PCUSA, voted last June to revise the constitutional language defining marriage. This arbitrary change of Holy Scripture is a flagrantly pretentious and illegitimate maneuver by a body that has no authority whatsoever to alter holy text.
Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI President noted:
“NBCI and its membership base are simply standing on the Word of God within the mind of Christ. We urge our brother and sisters of the PCUSA to repent and be restored to fellowship.”
“PCUSA’s manipulation represents a universal sin against the entire church and its members. With this action, PCUSA can no longer base its teachings on 2,000 years of Christian scripture and tradition, and call itself a Christian entity in the body of Christ. It has forsaken its right by this single wrong act.
He also said that “no church has the right to change the word of God.”
I find it much easier to understand why atheists would reject the Bible’s definition of marriage, especially if they simply jettison the entire concept of marriage. But claiming to be Christian and keeping marriage, but only as re-defined, makes no sense at all.
What Anthony Evans did not address is how it comes across to African-American Christians to hear a predominately white denomination claim that people are an oppressed minority because they are not permitted to marry their own sex.