Extracted from the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland August 2018 Magazine
An internet posting of part of an Anglican-style litany from the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) contains the following words, supposedly a prayer to the Most High:
We grieve the disunity of your church. We grieve that many women in our congregations feel unvalued and unwanted, unheard and uncared for. We grieve that we have acted as though being male was more valuable than being female . . . that only male voices could be and should be heard. . .
We grieve that the poor, the blue-collar, the working class find our churches uninviting and unwelcoming. . .
We grieve that black and brown people find our churches to be overwhelming and unsympathetic places. . . We grieve that our loyalties to politicians who play on racial fears have been stronger than our loyalties to our black and brown brothers and sisters in Christ. . . We grieve that those that have spoken the gospel truth on our racial unity-in-diversity have been shouted down as ‘cultural Marxists’ or ‘social justice warriors’ rather than celebrated as servants of the gospel. . .”
To all of which, the “people” are expected to reply, “Hear us, good Lord”.
Wikipedia describes the PCA as “the second largest Presbyterian church body [second to Presbyterian Church (USA)] and the largest conservative Reformed denomination in the United States”. The denomination was formed in 1973 in reaction to increasing liberalism in the PCUSA, but it now seems to be going the same way itself (though doubtless it still has a conservative wing). The matters confessed in the “prayer” – disregard for women, for the poor, and for those of other races – are indeed sinful, but there is no reason to think that the PCA is markedly more guilty of such sins than are other members of humanity. Instead, the prayer reads as an exercise in propaganda, intended to wound the feelings of others in the Church, and to misrepresent and denigrate their views. It savours of the half-truths and malice of Satan rather than of the purity, gentleness and love of the Holy Spirit.
That the Assembly was prepared to participate in such worship shows that the Wikipedia entry needs to be updated: the PCA is neither conservative nor Reformed.
Denominations change rapidly once they begin to take their standards from the world around them rather than from the Word of God, and Christians need to be on their guard against these powerful currents of defection: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (Heb 3:12).