Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23 ESV
What dollar amount can we put on orthodoxy? Orthodoxy is simply defined as “right belief.” In regard to the church, the term is applied to her doctrines and confessions. Recently, a huge member church of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America voted to leave this denomination by an over 90% majority and to the tune of nearly nine million dollars after years of drifting from its historically solid theological moorings.
There have been multiple waves of the continued drift of the PCUSA. A huge marker was the vote to affirm and ordain ministers who are sexually active outside of marriage by many. Read that closely, this is not only about homosexuality, but would be large enough to include other issues as well.
The moment that received the most attention, perhaps, was the barring of a hymn from their new hymnal.
Menlo Park’s vote to leave the PCUSA was not over the hymn itself, nor necessarily the earlier vote to broaden the net on so-called “clergy,” but is a result of what has now become a theological mudslide. Though, as it turns out, there are those in my own denomination who have voiced their opposition to these scriptural lyrics, I am thankful that Southern Baptists as a whole and Gospel entrenched evangelicals across the board, are willing to take a stand on necessary doctrine and sing with gusto the confession which saves us. That is worth infinitely more than nine million dollars. It is worth the blood of the Son of God and is appraised in the immeasurable riches of His grace he will show us in the ages to come.
Watch this video of the hymn “In Christ Alone” featuring me and over 5,000 of my closest friends here: