A.J. Castellitto
The PCA going astray like the PC(USA)?
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By A.J. Castellitto
January 27, 2019



It seems like liberal activism and political agendas which run counter to the denomination's confessions and standards is overwhelming the PCA. Social justice, sexuality, MLK50, women in leadership, a drifting Covenant Seminary, it's difficult to pin it all down since it's all very subtle, but at the same time, it's become pretty hard to ignore (or at least should be).



The question was recently posed to me:

Can you clarify how interacting with social justice issues runs against the Westminster standards?

Here's my response:

I'm going to have to turn that around and ask how anything resembling social justice is a church mandate and how should that look?

I think social justice is a humanistic prideful phenomenon that is centered on leveling playing fields. There is a power element to it, an almost hidden ideological foundation grounded in uprooting the status-quo. I also think there is a pride element meant to puff up man in pursuit of righting 'wrongs.'

I'm not sure this is what Jesus had in mind. I don't believe Jesus wants to work through political systems to produce equitable outcomes. A creeping Marxist state sees the church as a means to fulfill a dehumanizing sustainability agenda that is ultimately gnostic at its core.

Ultimately, power brokers and culture shapers, like Soros and the Rockefellers, would like to use Social Justice to remove Christ from Christianity and make the churches a pagan extension of the state. This is what has happened to many once faithful and now fallen denominations like the PC(USA).

Individual acts of mercy, charity, dignity, and respect for all human beings as made in the image of God, secondary to a sharing of the Gospel message, is a vital part of what it means to be a Christian. I don't see the loaded term 'social justice' anywhere in my Bible so I don't entertain it or abide by it. If it intersects and overlaps in certain areas with Christian charity (and/or missions) that's fine, but that is not my concern, nor should it be a concern of the Church in America.

For further reading and consideration:

Orthodoxy Lost
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/castellitto/150904

Seminaries and denominations on trial: a look back at the Peter Enns controversy
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/castellitto/170626

The bigoted and intolerant Jesus?
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/castellitto/180527

PCA, R.I.P. by Douglas Wilson
https://dougwils.com/books-and-culture/s7-engaging-the-culture/pca-r-i-p-%EF%BB%BF.html

COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND THE DECLINE OF THE PCA
by Andrew Dionne, Tim Bayly, Michael Foster & David Bayly https://warhornmedia.com/2019/01/15/covenant-theological-seminary-and-the-decline-of-the-pca/

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