Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Remedy for Declining Membership = Gay, Fornicating, Adulterous Clergy

Posted: July 3, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Ecclesiology (Church Stuff), Ethics, Heresy, Social Issues
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The PCUSA church has suffered recent decline in membership (http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-06-25-presbyterian-decline_N.htm). So what do they do in response to this decline?

The denomination’s General Assembly, meeting in San Jose, Calif., voted 54% to 46% Friday to drop the requirement that would-be ministers, deacons and elders live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness” (http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-06-30-presbyterians-gay_N.htm).

By dropping such a requirement with the intent of allowing gay clergy, they also shoot themselves in the foot by not demanding any sort of sexual standard whatsoever for glergy. Clergy need not neccesarily live in “fidelity”, nor be “chaste in singleness”. How then can the church discipline any clergy for sexual misconduct is their is no binding standard for sexuality? That is my question.

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Comments
  1. Steve says:

    Rick, very well stated. You expressed in very few sentences what I have been trying to gather from my own thoughts. I am a member of a PCUSA church and our numbers have been declining in the past few years.

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