Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Embraces LGBT-Inclusive Definition Of Marriage

pcusa votes re gay marriageBiblical Christianity has taken another assault on truth, and it’s a major domino:

“The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)”

That’s the headline reported by LGBT-supporting Huffington Post, a left-leaning blog covering religious news. As you read HuffPo’s story, be sure to note the “there’s more work to be done to get everyone on board” theme, that many hope infect the visible Church at large:

Following years of debate and introspection, America’s largest Presbyterian denomination has announced a change to its constitution that allows for a more inclusive definition of marriage.

Officially called Amendment 14-F, the new wording in the denomination’s Book of Order will describe marriage as being “between two people.”

About 71 percent of PC (USA) leaders approved of the change during a general assembly meeting last June. The church had been waiting for a majority of its 172 Presbyteries, or regional bodies, to approve the measure one by one. On Tuesday, this majority was reached, with 86 Presbyteries handing in decisions to support same-sex marriage within the church.

“Today we are rejoicing!” said the Rev. Robin White, co-moderator of the LGBT advocacy group More Light Presbyterians. “So many families headed by LGBTQ couples have been waiting for decades to enter this space created for their families within their church communities.”

More Presbyteries will continue to hand in their decisions until June, when the amendment is scheduled to go into effect.

But not everyone agrees with the change. As of Tuesday, 41 Presbyteries have voted against Amendment 14-F. Although the updated Book of Order will describe marriage as “a unique commitment between two people,” church leaders added a caveat explaining that it “traditionally” occurs “between a man and a woman.” The careful wording reflects a continuing tension between conservative and liberal factions within the 1.76 million-member church.

After last year’s assembly, PC(USA) ministers have been allowed to officiate at same-sex weddings in places where it is legal for LGBT people to tie the knot. Amendment 14-F won’t make it mandatory for clergy to perform same-sex marriages, and clergy members who object to its wording will be allowed to refuse to officiate those ceremonies.

Hundreds of parishes have left the denomination in recent years, partly because of its more inclusive attitude toward LGBT members. The PC(USA) counted 10,959 member churches in 2005. That number dropped to 10,038 in 2013, according to church statistics provided to The Huffington Post. The decrease includes both churches that dissolved completely and churches that were dismissed to other denominations, including the more conservative Presbyterian Church in America and the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians — neither of which ordains gay clergy or condones same-sex marriages.

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a group that has been advocating for LGBT members since 1997, has been tallying the results as they have come in throughout the year.

Executive Director Rev. Brian Ellison said that his group still has much more work to do.

“It’s an important moment for the church in that there really continues to be serious disagreement about this,” Ellison told HuffPost. “This moment is a real opportunity for us to struggle, to work through differences, but still be committed to each other.”

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4 Responses to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Embraces LGBT-Inclusive Definition Of Marriage

  1. tonibrown64 March 18, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    PCUSA has long been apostate. I have been researching John Gresham Machen and his war with the PCUSA in the 1920's. Wow- I really did not realize just how long they had been undermining God's truth.
    I am currently reading Machen's "Chrsitianity and Liberalism" and I highly recommend it to all. I shudder to think of the fate of these false churches- those who are caught up in this sin are being lied to by professing Christians and it will lead to the destruction of both. So, so troubling, when what these people need to hear is the Truth spoken in the link below.

  2. Stefanie March 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    From the saint Jude:

    17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are the ones who cause divisions, [r]worldly-minded, [s]devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

    May all of us have that receive strength from the Lord and through His Holy Spirit always contend for the faith and for the sake of the Gospel!

  3. Evangelina Vigilantee March 18, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    True Christians will never get on board the train to abominations like this.

  4. Shaun Pollenz May 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    I’m not sure you humans would be able to tell the true word from the false. Beware, for a blind man cannot see himself.

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