Contemplating the future of this apostate denomination is like watching sand fall in an hour glass.
… It is possible that, “Will the tax-exempt status of our congregation be affected by our decision not to open the building to same-gendered marriage? It means there’s hope for them yet. Scripture, our Essential Tenets, and confessions all speak with one unified voice on the subject of marriage.”. In the meantime, our would-be friends at ECO are stuck, as it were, inartfully singing along with the Cowardly Lion: I’m sure I could show my prowess / Be a lion, not a mouse / If I only had the nerve.
“It saddens me that they are deciding to leave us,” Parsons said. The Spirit of God never moves His church away from the clear teaching of Scripture. ), Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, God, Tim Tebow, and the Ultimate Reality Show, "Triggered? You’ll learn of ECO’s desire to “unite around a shared theological core.”, But beyond that kind of babbling and fuzzy happy-talk, nary a mention will you find of the true and actual reason ECO exists. The Office of the General Assembly, which is the constitutional/legal arm of the PCUSA, posted a document to answer questions about how the ruling will affect clergy and congregations.
Is there any significance to the fact that the PC(USA) statement refers to “same-gender” marriage rather than “same-sex” marriage?
However, for the non-believers whom we hope to draw into our community of faith, such a reputation functions effectively as a “non-believer repellant.” A typical resident of our neighborhood would be unlikely to give the Gospel a fair hearing from the pulpit or from individual testimony if he or she thought that homophobia was in any way connected to what we are advocating through our church. It’s certainly their right to take their ball and go off in a corner somewhere to play with just themselves. In lifting its ban on gay clergy, the Presbyterian Church joined the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “There is still disagreement, and I don’t mean to minimize that, but I think we are learning that we can disagree and still be church together.”. Uka is from Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. Mark Hawke, a minister at First Presbyterian Church in Olathe, Kansas, said “the underlying issue is how you interpret scripture.”. ECO reports that 60 congregations so far have formally joined its ranks, with more either in discernment or on the way. Right now I am covenanting with some good Free Methodists. This is a headline I’ve been dreading ever since my church began the discernment process to determine whether we should leave our denomination. Perhaps orthodox members of the congregation thought, “Well, that doesn’t affect our congregation”. Their day of choosing between faithfulness to the Word, and feelings of attachment to their congregation, has arrived. In my first write up the word intende is “task” and not tasj. ECO will allow churches to commit exclusively to the new denomination, as well as affiliate with ECO without dropping its membership in the Presbyterian Church. The departures, mostly for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, have been ongoing for some time now, but the cumulative impact is …
I don’t believe it’s wise to soft-pedal Jesus’ radical call to discipleship to committed Christians. Fortunately, as time has passed, those conversations are getting increasingly rare and I am able to make reference to my church home without feeling that I may be prejudicing anyone against me. The Office of the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has received numerous inquiries regarding the position of the PCA on this issue. “The (needed) tent pole is biblical authority understood in the orthodox community and that has implications for all sexuality.”. The departures, mostly for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, have been ongoing for some time now, but the cumulative impact is adding up. There was a wave of departures in and after 2011, when the presbyteries ratified a decision to ordain gays and lesbians as pastors, elders and deacons, and that may have cleared the way for Tuesday’s vote. Just say that you’ve formed because you believe that gays shouldn’t be ordained!
There may come a time in which I will talk about sexuality when preaching on a text that calls for it, but in that case, I hope to do so in a way that is pastorally-sensitive and loving to those who struggle with this topic.