From the Associated Press:
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Efforts to allow homosexual men and women to serve as clergy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have been defeated again.
Last summer, the 2.3 million-member denomination’s General Assembly voted to drop a constitutional 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.”
Any such change requires approval by a majority of the nation’s 173 presbyteries, or regional church bodies. Those votes have been trickling in for months, and on Saturday enough “no” votes had been recorded to clinch the measure’s defeat.
Previous efforts to delete the “fidelity and chastity” provision failed in 1998 and 2002. The denomination’s Book of Order prohibits homosexuals from leadership posts.
So, I guess the matter is settled. Right?
Uhhh, NO. The GLBTQ lobby will not give up on this, and they will find support to keep the issue of the ordination of those who are unrepentant in their sexual immorality alive with the help of the denomination’s current moderator of the General Assembly. And as this article shows, while this particular measure was defeated, the GLBTQ crowd is gaining strength.
This will be a short lived celebration as the matter is far from settled. This denomination is a whitewashed tomb. (Matthew 23: 27, 28) The faithful should come out from them. There really are are great presbyterian alternatives in the EPC, the PCA.