Friday, March 10, 2006

The Presbyterian Church is Off of the Rails

The Presbyterian "Church" has disregarded its own Constitution and By-Laws in the current popular fad of homosexual marriage. This is the church that I grew up in. As it is today, it bears little resemblance to the church that I knew. Like the National Council of Churches, of which they are one of the two most prominent members they have adopted all manner of immorality and call those of use who do not support abortion, homosexual clergy and gay marriage, and other abominations racists and fascist.

Presbyterian lesbian minister acquitted for marrying homosexual couples
A lesbian Presbyterian minister in California has been found not guilty of misconduct for performing weddings for two lesbian couples.

The Permanent Judicial Commission of Redwoods Presbytery said in a written ruling late last week that the marriage of same-sex couples is not "outside of, or contrary to, the essentials of the Reformed faith as understood" by the presbytery.

The Rev. Jane Adams Spahr of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) had faced sanctions ranging from a reprimand to removal from ministry, and she was exultant after her victory.

"Today the church recognized that God's love is for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people," Spahr said. "This historic ruling means that as a minister I can exercise my conscience to marry two people who have demonstrated their commitment to love, honor and cherish one another."

The presbytery's judicial commission ruled 6-1 that Spahr was acting within her "right of conscience" in 2004 and 2005 when she performed same-sex unions for the couples.

The PJC added, in its majority opinion: "We also find that the accused acted within the normative standards of Redwoods Presbytery, faithfully reporting to it her activities at reasonable intervals."

In a minority opinion, PJC member Janet Moor, an elder from Benicia, Calif., said that a minister who has pledged in her ordination vows to be governed by the church's polity and discipline should not be allowed to perform same-sex marriages. The church's Book of Order clearly states that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"I agree with the prosecution that the beliefs of the accused are to be respected, but (believe) that the actions of the accused must still be constrained by what is prohibited by the Constitution," Moor wrote.
They need to read the whole Bible, especially St. Paul's Letter to the Romans

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