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Orthodox Presbyterian breakaway group kicked out of hotel for opposing ‘gay marriage’
lifesitenews ^ | Hillary White

Posted on 03/27/2013 7:11:11 AM PDT by Morgana

ABERDEEN, Scotland, March 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A small breakaway church group has been banned from using a meeting room at a hotel in Aberdeen over their opposition to same-sex “marriage” and homosexual activity. The Gilcomston church were turned away from the Copthorne Hotel, where they were to hold their first communion service on March 10th , the Christian Institute reports.

The hotel said they banned the group after they received complaints from clients and members of the public that their views on marriage were “offensive”. The group has been temporarily allowed to move back into their church building, owned by the Church of Scotland.

The group’s minister said, “We were just going to have a church service. So much for the tolerant society. It made us feel hounded.”

The group, about 300-strong, formally left the Church of Scotland, called the Kirk, after the Presbyterian denomination started ordaining active and unrepentant homosexual ministers. In 2009, the Kirk allowed the ordination of an active homosexual minister, Scott Rennie.

The Gilcomston congregation’s minister, the Rev. Dominic Smart, resigned as a clergyman of the Kirk in February this year, taking most of his congregation with him, saying he believes that God would “not be happy” with the decision.

“The decision by the Church of Scotland represented a clear and deliberate move away from the authority of scripture as the word of God and our supreme rule of faith and life,” Rev. Smart said in February.

“We’ve experienced a great deal of unity and strength from within the congregation and we’re looking forward to moving ahead and doing something new.”

After Rennie’s ordination, the General Assembly of the Kirk agreed to a two-year moratorium on the question, until May this year, and appointed a theological commission to examine the question. At the same time, biblically orthodox members of the denomination formed the Fellowship of Confession Churches, to “declare their clear commitment to historic Christian orthodoxy”.

The Scotsman quoted the Rev. George Cowie, convener of the Special Committee which was considering the Gilcomston situation, who said, “It is deeply sad when people choose to leave the Church of Scotland. We believe that the Church of Scotland is a broad church and that it can accommodate people who hold differing views. In this case, however, the situation has not involved conflict, scandal or litigation.

“All parties have shown respect for one another and it has been a good Christian witness for us to engage with one another in this manner.”

Rev. Smart said, “We are very happy about the decision the Presbytery have made and I am impressed that they have found a creative solution to the problem.”


TOPICS: General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; presbyterian

1 posted on 03/27/2013 7:11:12 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana
We live in Bizarro World.
2 posted on 03/27/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Morgana
The group, about 300-strong, formally left the Church of Scotland, called the Kirk, after the Presbyterian denomination started ordaining active and unrepentant homosexual ministers. In 2009, the Kirk allowed the ordination of an active homosexual minister, Scott Rennie.

The Gilcomston congregation’s minister, the Rev. Dominic Smart, resigned as a clergyman of the Kirk in February this year, taking most of his congregation with him, saying he believes that God would “not be happy” with the decision.

“The decision by the Church of Scotland represented a clear and deliberate move away from the authority of scripture as the word of God and our supreme rule of faith and life,” Rev. Smart said in February.

“We’ve experienced a great deal of unity and strength from within the congregation and we’re looking forward to moving ahead and doing something new.”

After Rennie’s ordination, the General Assembly of the Kirk agreed to a two-year moratorium on the question, until May this year, and appointed a theological commission to examine the question. At the same time, biblically orthodox members of the denomination formed the Fellowship of Confession Churches, to “declare their clear commitment to historic Christian orthodoxy”.

Huzzah for the Fellowship of Confession Churches!

3 posted on 03/27/2013 7:15:34 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Of course they’d throw out the muslims,too! Right?


4 posted on 03/27/2013 7:15:56 AM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: Morgana

Acts 5:41


5 posted on 03/27/2013 7:23:48 AM PDT by frogjerk (Obama: Government by Freakout)
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To: Morgana

How exactly do ‘Christian’ denominations espouse a belief that active and unrepentant Homosexuals can be scene as acting in accordance with Christian ideals? There are numerous passages in the bible that speak directly to the sinfulness of Homosexual activity. What next, unrepentant, active thieves and male prostitutes as bishops?


6 posted on 03/27/2013 7:30:32 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Alex Murphy
Soon no church who opposes the Sodomites will be safe.
7 posted on 03/27/2013 7:31:47 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

“The decision by the Church of Scotland represented a clear and deliberate move away from the authority of scripture as the word of God and our supreme rule of faith and life,” Rev. Smart said in February.

The God-breathed Scriptures teach us who to leave as “blind guides”. Hiding behind church structure won’t cut it in these last days. The Lord never once taught us to turn off our brains but to “be on guard”.


8 posted on 03/27/2013 7:37:55 AM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: Morgana

His is it they are “Orthodox”?

By the nature of their wide stance they would be very unOrthodox, irregular and splinter group, at odds with the principles of Christianity and any version of faith.


9 posted on 03/27/2013 8:00:27 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Morgana

This will doubtless go unpunished. But let a baker refuse to supply a cake for a same-sex wedding reception, or a mall manager evict two gays for slobbering and gnawing one another’s face in public, and all legal hell breaks loose.


10 posted on 03/27/2013 8:27:42 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Morgana
A CLASSIC ILLUSTRATION of the differences between conservatives and the liberals.

Have a disagreement over beliefs? The Left (and most especially the GAYSTAPO) wants your belief to be criminal and subject to any and all sorts of negative consequences. A complete loss of personal freedom.

A conservative wants the involved parties to have the freedom to act as their own personal consciences direct them. NO negative consequences or their beliefs imposed on anyone who doesn't agree.

Just imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the media if this had happened to proponents of so-called "gay" marriage (sic).

11 posted on 03/27/2013 11:09:29 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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