Presbyterians support gay clergy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of the Presbyterian church have voted to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

Thursday’s vote isn’t a final stamp of approval for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or its more than 2 million members. But it’s a step that could make the church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the country.

Delegates voted during the church’s general assembly in Minneapolis, with 53 percent approving the more liberal policy. A separate vote is expected later Thursday on whether to change the church’s definition of marriage from between “a man and a woman” to between “two people.”

But such changes would take effect only if approved by a majority of the church’s 173 regional presbyteries.

Updated: July 8, 2010 — 4:49 pm

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  1. It is good strategy for a declining Church to catch fish in muddy water. Gayest is gaining popularity in recent years.

  2. One of the most helpful books on this issue is Jack Rogers’ “Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2006). Rogers served as Moderator of the 213th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2001.

    It addresses directly the alleged Biblical arguments against homosexuality, and explodes the mythology involved.

    Congratulations to the Presbyterians for their enlightened, love inspired move.

  3. nearly a decade–and many committee meetings later–the PCUSA has finally gotten here. Good!

    Greed is condemmed a whole heck of a lot more than any sexual sins-but you don’t hear much about that in the church, in any church. Sexual sins in scripture were symptoms of larger problems (idolatry, division, property disputes) and distractions, and we have turned them into something much bigger to the neglect of the real mission of the church. I’m sure this makes Jesus very sad.

  4. Two points. First, Peach, while I realize that to many evangelicals and pentecostals, the KJV should be called THE, because it is THE Bible. The problem is that the KJV is by no means the most accurate translation around today, not because the translation itself is bad (in fact, it’s very good), but because the underlying texts are simply not the best Greek and Hebrew texts available. And, when you look at it, this insistence that so many have of using only the KJV is a type of idolotry: You are substituting not just a book, but one edition of that book — and not even the best one at that — for traditional Christian theology.

    Second, Madge is absolutely right. There are a thousand condemnations of greed in the Bible that no one ever remembers. As I’ve said on this space many times, the ultimate ban on greed is the Biblical injunction against the charging of interest on money loaned, a practice once known as usery. It always amazes me that the Catholic Church, back when it was THE Church, had no doubt that the Bible condemned usery, and banned Christians from charging interest until relatively modern times. It constantly amazes me that good Christians are ready to walk a mile barefoot over broken glass to condemn a gay person, with a credit card in their pocket, usually maxed out. Consumer lending has caused a thousand times more heartbreak and problems than homosexuality ever will, and yet everyone now loves the moneychangers.

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