By Linda Harvey
Everywhere we look, “progressive” means exactly the opposite.
Case in point: the leaders of the Episcopal Church USA, the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Church of Christ are all patting themselves on the back these days. Leaving behind sound biblical doctrine, they’re now celebrating “marriage equality.”
All three denominations ordain openly homosexual clergy and will now perform same sex (so-called) marriages. “Aren’t we progressive?” is the smug attitude of these long-established mainliners, who may soon be joined by the ELCA (Lutherans) and the United Methodist Church in the official fiction of marrying two men or two women.
In these organizations, numerous leftist causes compete against God-driven priorities. The Episcopal Church USA, for instance, prays for the empowerment of “transgender individuals”– in spite of biblical revelation that people are created (not “assigned”) to be male and female. And among therapy options, youth in the Episcopal Church should embrace gender- switching but must never be counseled to welcome heterosexuality.
Episcopalians gush over government entitlement programs and the pro-“gay” positions of the Boy Scouts. In fact, the resolutions at the ECUSA General Convention resemble those of the National Education Association: all hard-left politics, all the time.
But Sodom, we have a problem.
Is this really, objectively “progress”? When our dominant religious institutions degenerate into advocating inhumane “human rights” and unhealthy, bizarre sex practices, America needs to take note.
The end of civilization may be closer than we think.
Here’s what progress looks like in a company or a nation: market share and population growth, rising affluence, family and community stability, pioneering innovation, youth engagement, positive financial trend lines, and vibrant faith in higher principles.
Instead, people are leaving these angry and decadent churches. Local congregations are severing ties with the mother ship. Could the foolish politics at the top be the reason for the exodus?
The PCUSA, for instance, has lost nearly 200,000 people since 2012. Between 2002 and 2012, ECUSA church attendance declined nearly 25%.
Responsible stewards would be wondering, “What are we doing wrong?” Instead, they seem to be saying, “How can we make things even worse?”
In some cases, their congregations are descending into ancient, primitive ritual as barbarians rush to fill the void.
At HerChurch/Ebenezer Lutheran in San Francisco, still affiliated with the ELCA, the liturgy of the “divine feminine” is celebrated every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Led by Pastor Stacy Boorn and her priestesses and staff, no pagan ritual is left unexplored: “Our prayers and liturgy reach back into the storehouse of tradition to bring forth names [such] as Mother, Shaddai, Sophia, Womb, Christ-Sophia, Midwife, Shekinah, Kundalini, She Who Is.”
The most important One is missing: Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But His incarnate male identity has evidently been excluded from this feminized crowd, which has ironically recaptured Old Testament paganism in its search for meaningful spirituality.
All gender identities are welcome at HerChurch, so actual men posing as women can participate in this radically “feminist” service, where a goddess rosary is a prized tool.
And HerChurch welcomes children. Special workshops are held for girls as young as five to train them early in biblical unfaithfulness.
Fascination with pagan ritual isn’t confined to San Francisco. Presbyterian churches in Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania and elsewhere have revived the use of the labyrinth, a medieval meditation tool that always had non-Christian roots, even when incorporated into cathedral structures. Here’s how one church describes it:
“…a path symbolizing a kind of journey taken to seek prayerfully to be in intimate relationship with God. Labyrinths are established using ancient, sacred geometry.”
Or primitive superstition, perhaps? There is no mention of “ancient sacred geometry” in Scripture.
Many apostasies invade mainline Christianity as the Bible is discarded in eagerness to flirt with other gods and sexual sin. Bisexuality is favored by Dr. Debra Haffner, longtime pro-abortion sexual rebel and now an ordained minister. In a recent speech to WATER, a neopagan women’s spirituality group, she and a co-presenter cited biblical models for bisexuality: David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi. The Scripture texts don’t support this fantasy, but some women have been “re-imagining” Christianity for several decades, guided by their own wayward inclinations.
Delusion rules once again.
Religion is not the only pasture where progressivism reaps what it sows–which is too often, critical harm. Behind the flash and confidence of liberalism is a grim reality: their institutions and lives are in disarray and decline.
What could be a better example than abortion, with the recent videos revealing the dismemberment of unborn children for sale and profit? And yet, “progressives” who say they staunchly defend “human rights,” still stand by Planned Parenthood.
This is how suicidal people act.
The Boy Scouts of America organization is now under the control of dedicated “LGBT” activists. Gone is the promise to be “morally straight” as troops now welcome homosexually-identifying boys and just recently, “gay” adults as well.
“Progressive” board members and BSA corporate supporters pushed for these changes, which caused a 6% membership decline after the “gay boys” policy change last year. It’s too early to forecast the fall-out from the open door policy for homosexual adults, but many are predicting a steep membership drop, similar to the Scouts in Canada.
The leaders knew this grim prognosis. But just like the healthy male who amputates well-functioning body parts to “become” a woman, the healthy BSA organization shot itself in the foot, believing this is something good.
This is what liberals do. The writing on the wall spells out clear warnings: “Do not be a stupid idiot!” “Run for your lives!” But they don’t care.
This is not progress. This is regress. And it goes way beyond social issues. Mounting American debt, hordes lurking at vulnerable city walls, race riots– all part of the leftist agenda.
Only delusional people rip their lives apart so completely and intentionally.
The left is lost, even as they declare “victory.” May God help them– and all of us.
Linda Harvey, President, Mission America
The media ministry of Linda Harvey is an outgrowth of her Christian faith and a successful career in marketing and public relations.
As a former advertising executive, Mrs. Harvey specialized in creating new communications’ vehicles. She has started more than twenty-five publications and overseen multi-million dollar advertising campaigns, primarily in the health care field. She was formerly Director of Marketing Communications at Ohio State University Hospitals.
In 1995, she founded Mission America, a Christian pro-family organization tracking current cultural issues with weekly e-newsletters sent to a national audience.
Linda hosts daily commentaries and a weekly radio show on the Salem Network station in Columbus, OH, 880 AM WRFD which broadcasts throughout the state, and airs a weekly commentary on the national Moody Radio Network. She is also a regular columnist for conservative news site www.WND.com , for www.AmericanThinker.com, for www.barbwire.com, and for www.ohioconservativereview.com .
She is interviewed frequently by local, state and national media outlets, and is author of two Christian books, Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality and Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism and the New Spirituality.
In addition, Linda is a frequent conference speaker, with presentations at events sponsored by Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, Heartbeat International, American Family Association, EPC (the Education Policy Conference), Americans for Truth and TruthXChange. She has also spoken to many Ohio Tea Party groups..
Mrs. Harvey attended a United Nations international conference as a media representative; has participated in a briefing on Capitol Hill; and has testified numerous times before Ohio legislative committees. She serves on the National Pro-Family Forum and the Ohio Pro-Family Forum.
Linda Harvey holds a B.A. in English from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and has done graduate work at Miami, Ohio State University, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. She is the wife of Tom Harvey and the mother of two children. They live in Columbus, Ohio.