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Presbyterian update

Timothy Kincaid

July 8th, 2010

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 373 to 323 on the following wording change:

“b. Those who are called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to Scripture and in conformity to the historic confessional standards of the church. Among these standards is the requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman (W-4.9001), or chastity in singleness. Persons refusing to repent of any self-acknowledged practice which the confessions call sin shall not be ordained and/or installed as deacons, elders, or ministers of the Word and Sacrament. Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G-14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.

This means that, if this change is approved by the various presbyteries, the Presbyterian Church (USA) will allow the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers who are in relationships (celibate singles are already allowed).

Tomorrow the convention will probably vote tomorrow on whether to change their definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

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DaveM
July 9th, 2010 | LINK

The Presbys punted on whether to bless SSM. They voted to “answer” the overtures regarding marriage with a non-binding, non-action-oriented study document sent to the local churches.
So no more action for two years, barring a parliamentary miracle today (voting to reconsider?)

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