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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Presbyterian Church USA Is Gay Friendly

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(AgapePress) Yet another congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA) has defied scriptural requirements and the denomination's official stance on homosexual ordination. South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, New York, recently ordained a homosexual man who refuses to abide by the denomination's ban on practicing homosexuals in the ministry.

Editor's note: Apparently this denomination has decided to ignore the obvious and defy their own text. After all, why follow a faith that disapproves of a behavior you thoroughly enjoy, especially if it clearly condemns it?

(AgapePress) Dr. Parker T. Williamson with the Presbyterian Lay Committee says the Dobbs Ferry church is no stranger to controversy, having conducted same-sex weddings in the past. "Our highest court ruled in the year 2000 that Presbyterian ministers are prohibited from conducting same-sex marriages," he notes.

However, Williamson asserts, the officials on the church court "kind of hedged it a little bit," in that "they said [ministers] can conduct 'blessings' if they want too, as long as the blessing ceremonies don't look like marriages." He adds, "I don't know how much of a victory it was -- but, anyway, that was the same church."

As the Presbyterian Church (USA) continually demonstrates its liberal philosophies publicly, one may wonder when this body of believers (Editor's note: assuming that there are any left) will finally join the ranks of other institutions labeled as cultic by the mainstream Christian community. After all, if a church body is unable to clearly interpret scripture as well as explain the reasons behind them, then do its members retain the right to call themselves Christians?

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