Very Sad.!!! The Presbyterian Church Rejects Christ our Propitiation / Mercy Seat, Who shed His precious blood to atone for our sins. Propitiation means that Almighty God was satisfied with the death of Christ to atone for all the sins of the world. The shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, satisfied the demands of Divine Justice, thus satisfying the wrath of God against our sins! The Bible states, "Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission." (Heb.9:22); "It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul." (Lev.17:11); "The BLOOD of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanseth us from all sins." (1 John 1: 7). St. Paul writes: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God: To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus Christ." (Rom.3:27). St.John writes: "For He (Christ) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 2:2; 4:10). May God grant repentance and forgiveness for all backsliders who are seeking to destroy the faith of Believers in Christ. - Pastor Max Solbrekken
PCUSA rejects popular hymn “In Christ Alone”
Timothy George explains why the Presbyterian Church USA has recently rejected the hymn “In Christ Alone” from its new hymnal:
Recently, the wrath of God became a point of controversy in the decision of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song to exclude from its new hymnal the much-loved song “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.
The Committee wanted to include this song because it is being sung in many churches, Presbyterian and otherwise, but they could not abide this line from the third stanza: “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the wrath of God was satisfied.”
For this they wanted to substitute: “…as Jesus died/the love of God was magnified.”
The authors of the hymn insisted on the original wording, and the Committee voted nine to six that “In Christ Alone” would not be among the eight hundred or so items in their new hymnal.
There is no surprise in this news. Although not all PCUSA churches are theologically liberal, the denomination by and large is. Liberalism and wrath go together like oil and water; they don’t mix. And historically speaking, one of them eventually has to go. When wrath goes, so does the central meaning of the atonement of Christ—penal substitution. At the end of the day, the cross itself is the stumbling block, and that is why the PCUSA cannot abide this hymn.