Can the “Welcoming Church” Speak the Truth?
It must be pointed out, however, that the context for “welcoming” as our new
buzzword is not the polarized cultural struggle but its corollary within the PCA. In this context, “welcoming” is the self-embraced label of the progressive camp,
which has assigned “fearful” as the conservative/confessional label. Commissioners are being urged to vote for “welcoming” priorities, which will likely be those that take a soft stance on homosexuality, gender egalitarianism, and other progressive priorities. The upcoming in St. Louis is providing an advance screening of what this looks like. This PCA event, much lauded by our progressive friends, advocates an “LGBT Christian” category and speaks of “sexual minorities” and even “queer treasure, honor, and glory” in heaven. Far from an irrelevant outlier, this conference previews where the “welcoming” agenda is seeking to go.