May 12, 2011
It was just a matter of time before the Presbyterian Church (USA) – the most liberal of several Presbyterian denominations – voted to lift their requirement that homosexual clergy, elders and deacons be celibate.
It only took them 33 years of debate. The Twin Cities Presbytery of Minneapolis-St. Paul cast the deciding vote. You know what the person for whom St. Paul was named would have said about this, but apparently the Presbyterian Church (USA) no longer believes or even reads the Bible, or it approaches it like it might a buffet – taking what it likes and passing over what doesn’t fit into an earthly agenda set by unbelievers.
The New York Times reports conservatives in the denomination are upset, but they won’t leave. Why not? Does a label mean more than obeying the word of God? They should come over to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church which still takes God’s word seriously.
But they probably won’t. The lure of the world’s approval is too strong for them. The scriptures have much to say about that as well. They will ignore those, too.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.