Thursday, May 19, 2011

Deconstructing Truth

It was announced last week that the Presbyterian Church U.SA. will allow the ordination of practicing homosexuals. (Read the details here.) Understandably this development has been met with mixed reviews from the average Presbyterian in the pew. Some are ecstatic that their denomination has taken this step toward greater inclusivity. Others are heartbroken that their spiritual leaders have voted against Biblical moral truth in favor of secular moral relativism.

Obviously as a faithful Catholic I am in solidarity with the latter group. It saddens me when any Christian denies the Word of God. Yet I am not surprised by this recent event. Presbyterianism (and Protestantism as a whole) is founded upon the deconstruction of Truth. For example, the principle of Sola Scriptura (Bible Alone) came about by rejecting Sacred Tradition. And Sola Fide (Faith Alone) came about by rejecting the merits of our Good Works. The entire Protestant form of Christianity is predicated on the idea that the Catholic Church had gotten it wrong and certain things needed to be removed from the faith in order to set things right. But once the idea of “removing” is adopted where does this end? Where do we draw the line? And in the end, if one of the things we “remove” is the authority of an infallible Church, then it is anybody’s guess what Truths will be protected. It will be left up to the whims of the people and pressures from outside like the pop culture.

And so, here we are, with active homosexuals joining the ranks of clergy in the Presbyterian Church. But this is only the latest in a long line of deconstructions given to us by Protestantism. Eventually they may deconstruct themselves entirely and see Protestantism for the failed experiment it has truly been.

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