Presbyterian Leaders OK Gay Clergy

Here’s a chilling little bit courtesy the LA Times:

Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (USA) overturned a long-standing ban on the ordination of gays and lesbians Friday, providing yet the latest example of a religious denomination struggling with how, and whether, to incorporate homosexuality into church life.

At the same time, the church’s national governing body, meeting in San Jose, refused to alter its definition of marriage, calling it a “covenant between a woman and a man.” The actions by the General Assembly came the week after same-sex marriage became legal in California. They also follow the decision of a gathering of Methodists from Southern California and Hawaii, who went against their national church by voting to support same-sex couples who marry and the pastors who welcome them.

The Presbyterian Church is among many mainline Protestant denominations struggling to reconcile conflicting beliefs about biblical authority and the role of gays.

Some parishes have left the Episcopal Church, prompting predictions that the issue may tear the denomination apart. In the Presbyterian Church (USA) — the nation’s largest Presbyterian group, with 2.3 million members — Friday’s actions were likely to deepen theological fissures.

The General Assembly voted in favor of the ordination measure 54% to 46%, but its decision must still be approved by a majority of the nation’s 173 regional presbyteries over the next year. Several prominent church leaders predicted it would fail.

Even so, gay rights advocates applauded the Presbyterians’ decision to amend their constitution, saying the step would end discrimination that has long kept gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people from church service.

God does not change.

His Word does not change.

He is the “same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 )

His people seem to be another matter entirely.

This matter would keep me from considering joining a Presbyterian church anytime soon unless they were one of the churches who protested this movement. (Yes, you read that right.)

Does someone who knows more about this, perhaps someone even involved at some level — could you explain this to me, the motivations? Did somebody change God’s Word and not tell me? I’m serious. I need to know what’s behind this and just how many churches are buying into this.

Because there’s a personal connection I have to all this.

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~ by WriterRand on June 28, 2008.

2 Responses to “Presbyterian Leaders OK Gay Clergy”

  1. For the sake of clarity, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is a liberal denomination and does not reflect historical Presbyterianism of John Calvin, John Knox, and the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is distinct from other conservative presbyterian denominations such as the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), the Covenant Presbyterian Church (CPC) and other similar reformed denominations. BTW, Misty Irons (who supports gay marriage) husband, Lee Irons, was defrocked from the OPC. Why anyone claiming to want to uphold Biblical ethics would link to her blog is beyond me.

  2. Thanks for the explanations, Rik.

    But I thought I deserved more benefit of the doubt than the last sentence in your response. Had this been brought to my attention in a more civil fashion, it would have given me reason for reconsideration.

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