Tuesday July 6, 2010

USA Presbyterians Get Ready to Vote on Gay ‘Marriage’

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota July 6, 2010 ( – Presbyterians gathering this week in Minneapolis will face a potentially momentous decision: whether to preserve the teaching that marriage exists only between a man and a woman, or change the definition of marriage to a relationship between any “two people.”

The 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which began Saturday and concludes July 10, will take up a series of items, among them proposed constitutional amendments to change the definition of marriage in the PCUSA Book of Order. The effect would be to allow churches to host and ministers to officiate at same-sex “marriages.” Other proposals would interpret the PCUSA constitution as allowing any state-recognized same-sex “marriage” to be celebrated as a Christian marriage.

The Christian Post reported Sunday that PCUSA had selected as its moderator Cynthia Bolbach, who was the only candidate out of six to express full support for same-sex “marriage.”

The Final Report of the Special Committee on Civil Union and Christian Marriage asserts that church members “cannot agree” on “the place of covenanted same-gender partnerships in the Christian community,” and must therefore show “mutual forbearance.”

Faithful Christians have instead encouraged the adoption of a minority report that upholds “the church’s biblical, historic, and confessional position that, among all varieties of sexual relationships, only marriage between a man and a woman is ordained by God and blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“The Scriptures and all parts of the PCUSA constitution consistently teach that marriage is instituted by God as a gift to all humankind, and that we are to honor that gift,” said Alan Wisdom, IRD’s Vice President for Research and Programs and Director of its Presbyterian Action committee.

“If the PCUSA embraces sexual revisionism, it would deliberately sideline itself,” he said. “It would exalt western liberal notions of individual moral autonomy above shared understandings of the Bible.”

“It would follow the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church on the road to theological marginalization, internal division, accelerating membership loss, and cultural irrelevance.”

“Shall we assert the right to redefine marriage to suit our own contemporary notions of justice? Shall we treat marriage as if it were no different from other sexual relationships? Or shall we reaffirm the biblical vision of an exclusive, lifelong, one-flesh union of the two complementary sexes created by God?”

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