The Presbyterian church has finally followed the Episcopal Church in accepting the ordination of out gays and lesbians. The controversy is causing quite a few churches to consider what they will do and if they will stay in the PC USA to be salt and light or if they will leave PCUSA for a more conservative faction, PCA. Unfortunately, many women will be upset by not being able to serve as deaconesses in the PCA. What's a church to do??
This has been in the works for awhile now. When I lived in NYC I would sing at other churches as a ringer in the mornings and then attend my chosen church which was the conservative PCA.
One sunday I sang at an extremely liberal church when I was invited to sing at an ordination for woman…and then discovered she was an out lesbian as she delivered her message. And then I caught on that all of the pastors and the choir director were gay.
And the message from the senior pastor was that they should actively recruit the ordination of gays and lesbians.
Um…not much about the word of God. I wanted to walk out. I finished my duties and did not go back.
Before that, i noted several things about the congregation. There were huge open gaps in of available seats in pew and there were very few children.
At the PCA church led by Tim Keller, there were also very few children relatively speaking, but the seats were so packed that ushers had to help people find seats and sometimes there were spillover areas that had to be opened up.
The large PCUSA church I have been going to has considered leaving more than one, but would lose a very large and impressive property. This has torn up many congregations and landed a few in court to settle the battle. Ultimately, the dying leftist factions get the properties and the defectors have to start over.
It’s a horrible choice to be forced to make. The original link: PC USA changed
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