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By Lee Duigon
April 3, 2014

I went from the ad for the phone-in psychic’s radio show—“Let her put you on the path that you where meant to be,” don’t ask me what that means—to the agenda for this year’s Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly.

I think the psychic/numerologist may be just a tad more orthodox, Biblically, than the church.

Once upon a time the PCUSA was one of the great Christian denominations of America. Now it’s just where daft old white liberals hang out to drink kool-aid. Last year, 16 churches bolted from the PCUSA, and there will be more departures this year.

So, for what’s left of the PCUSA, what’s on this year’s menu?

First, of course, they want to redefine marriage to mean any union of “two people” (incest, anyone?). Give them another year and they’ll decide that “two” is not inclusive enough, they want to honor polygamy and polyamory. And after that, they’ll want to stop limiting marriage to “people.” Can’t you just see one of those PCUSA ministerettes “marrying” a man to another man, two women, a shih-tzu, and his microwave oven?

Then they want to divest from companies that do business with Israel, because the PCUSA thinks the Palestinians are the good guys.

Next, they will call for divestment from fossil fuel companies. Why? Because, says one of the PCUSA brain trust… it’s just like owning slaves! Anyone who trades in fossil fuels is just as bad as someone who buys and sells slaves! Gas and oil make Global Warming, which makes income inequality, homophobia, and bad breath in dogs, and we’re all gonna die horrible deaths from which Al Gore could save us if we only made him king, blah-blah.

From there they’ll go on to call for a new U.S. tax code “designed to redistribute wealth.” Is it any wonder that whole congregations are stampeding out of this denomination?

Let’s see, now—how does government redistribute wealth? Do they just grab the money and divvy it up? No way. They grab the money and use it to create enormous new bureaucracies, hire legions of unionized public employees, grant them fabulous pensions, and presto!—a whole new voting bloc for the party in power. And by the way, the poor stay poor. In fact, even if their standard of living does get better, they are still seen as “poor” compared to others, and the war on poverty goes on and on forever.

But don’t expect PCUSA delegates to understand that. Such policies are not about getting anything accomplished. They are about making the people who dream them up feel righteous.

No PCUSA General Assembly would be complete without a call for greater restrictions on gun ownership. As liberals, it distresses them that law-abiding citizens should have the means of self-defense. I mean, it’s not fair to the criminal, is it? If only we had social justice, brought about by the redistribution of wealth, there’d be no crime. Victims of crime, therefore, pretty much deserve it, and the poor criminal shouldn’t have to worry about getting shot when he breaks into someone’s bedroom.

As all PCUSA delegates know, when gun owners aren’t amusing themselves by plugging criminals, they’re hatching terrorist plots against the government. We don’t want a repeat of those deplorable events of 1776.

You may well ask, “Does any of this have anything to do with Christianity?” If you do, the PCUSA won’t want you as a delegate.

The Bible—it’s God’s word, remember—recognizes marriage as being only between a man and a woman. Anything else is fornication. Please don’t bother to point out that polygamy is highly visible in the Old Testament. Scripture tacitly condemns the patriarchs’ polygamy, by never saying anything good about it, and speaks favorably of only one man-one woman marriage—as in Proverbs 31 and Malachi 2:14, “…the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously…” Note the Scripture doesn’t say “wives.” Note that the PCUSA redefinition of marriage is nothing less than an outright rejection of God’s word.

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The divestment proposals are mere self-indulgent silliness. The call for “redistribution” is an endorsement of theft and an exhortation to covetousness. “Redistribution” rests on the strong-arm power of the state and is fueled by a covetous spirit.

It’s hard to see in the demand for more gun restrictions anything but a further demonstration of liberal misanthropy. Our Lord warned His disciples that they would need swords, and suggested they buy some (Luke 22:36). And please don’t say that owning a weapon for self-defense is “living by the sword.” That’s being wilfully obtuse.

Which, come to think of it, might make you an ideal delegate to this PCUSA wing-ding.

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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on





Once upon a time the PCUSA was one of the great Christian denominations of America. Now it’s just where daft old white liberals hang out to drink kool-aid. Last year, 16 churches bolted from the PCUSA, and there will be more departures this year.