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  • Presbyterian Church (USA) Holds First Gay Wedding at National Office

    09/18/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The national office for the mainline denomination Presbyterian Church (USA), located in Louisville, Kentucky. The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States recently hosted a same-sex wedding at its national office in Louisville, Kentucky. An official with Presbyterian Church (USA) officiated a wedding last Thursday between Paul Kempf and Robb Gwaltney at the Presbyterian Center's chapel. A PC(USA) spokesperson told The Christian Post that the ceremony had "perhaps 25 people in attendance, a combination of family and friends, along with a few staff." Gregg Brekke of the Presbyterian News Service wrote "… the ceremony [was conducted] by the Rev. David...
  • Pastor says something 'scary' during first Presbyterian same-sex wedding ceremony

    09/11/2015 1:47:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/11/15 | Czarina Ong
    While Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis was dealing with prison time for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples on Thursday last week, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) held its first same-sex wedding ceremony for partners Paul Kempf and Robb Gwaltney, who said their vows in the Presbyterian Center chapel in Louisville, Kentucky."The concept of biblical marriage is very different [from] our modern views," said Pastor David Maxwell, who also presided over their wedding. "No biblical writer would have envisioned what we think of as a good marriage today—with concepts of equality and mutuality."Charisma News editor Jennifer LeClaire...
  • Missouri Congregation Joins Over 200 Churches Leaving PCUSA Over Homosexuality

    08/21/2015 9:53:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality. First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, a Springfield congregation with approximately 1,700 members, voted 493 to 185 on Sunday in favor of disaffiliating with PCUSA. The Rev. Andrew Chaney, senior pastor at First and Calvary, told The Christian Post that his congregation voted following months of consideration. "First and Calvary Presbyterian Church voted to disaffiliate from the PCUSA because it felt that the PCUSA has drifted from its Reformed theological moorings," said Chaney. "Political and theological controversies of the...
  • First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem seeks to leave national Presbyterian Church

    08/04/2015 11:05:04 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 77 replies
    The Morning Call (Allentown, PA) ^ | 8/4/2015 | Sarah M. Wojcik
    The largest Presbyterian church in the Lehigh Valley has begun a process that could lead to a split from the most visible national denomination — a move initiated after a survey showed most of its congregants disagree with church positions, including those allowing same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay ministers.
  • John Witherspoon’s Presbyterian Rebellion [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2015 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/3//2014 | Joanne Butler
    Ben Franklin is the prototype for the celebrity-as-politician. His autobiography is still in print; if he were alive, he’d be on Drudge’s columnists’ list, and command speaking fees that would turn Hillary Clinton green with envy. A popular T-shirt has a quote erroneously attributed to Franklin: ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.’ But John Witherspoon? He wasn’t a fan of self-promotion, which was no less prevalent then. Today, in D.C., his statue stands at a tiny triangle where Connecticut Avenue intersects with N Street and 18th Street N.W. It is routinely ignored. At...
  • Who's Responsible for the Moral Decline?

    06/03/2015 8:35:46 AM PDT · by rhema · 105 replies
    Townhall ^ | JUNE 3, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    A recent Gallup poll, "Moral Acceptability: Changes Over Time," shows Americans made a startling move to the left over the past 15 years. A blanket blaming of the church is the easy answer, but today, where black and white has faded into varying shades of gray, we are better served going back to where it began because we didn't get where we are today overnight. America's moral decline began with Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt [FDR]. Their arrogant defiance and blatant hostility toward the U.S. Constitution inspired them to lead an insurrection from the Oval Office, effectively convincing...
  • Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”?

    05/18/2015 5:50:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-18-15 | Jeffrey Walton
    Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”? The 2014 numbers reveal the PCUSA's largest statistical decline to date. A slimmed-down Presbyterian Church (USA) is apparently getting ready for beach season after shedding unwanted excess members, according to a cheery report by the denomination’s top official. “The PC(USA) is a church made up of vibrant congregations doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world,” an apparently unfazed Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, soothed. “Membership declines continue, but on a whole the...
  • Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) allows gay clergy in civil partnerships

    05/17/2015 11:58:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Business standard ^ | 16 May 2015 | AFP
    The Church of Scotland voted to allow the ordination of ministers in same-sex civil partnerships today in a breakthrough for gay rights. The vote was passed by 309 to 182 in a vote by the General Assembly in Edinburgh. It is due to vote on Thursday on a separate measure which would allow the ordination of clergy in same-sex marriages. The move has been pushed through without a major revolt from traditionalists - the Herald newspaper reported today that only around one in 50 ministers had left the church as a result. South of the border, the Church of England...
  • Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Ministers in Civil Partnerships

    05/17/2015 6:16:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/16/15
    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships. Delegates voted 309 in favour and 183 against. The vote followed a church-wide debate and consultations with all 45 presbyteries, which voted 31 to 14 in favour of change. A further vote will be held this week on whether or not to extend ordination to ministers in same sex marriages. Supporters said it was time for the church to be inclusive and recognise the "mixed economy" of modern Scotland. Opponents warned that the move was contrary...
  • Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships

    05/16/2015 5:25:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 16, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships Vote maintains Church's traditional view of marriage between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to "opt out" By Nicola Harley 16 May 2015 The Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing people in same sex civil partnerships to be called as ministers and deacons. The decision was made by the General Assembly on the Mound in Edinburgh on Saturday, where the motion was passed by 309 votes in favour and 182 against. The outcome is the culmination of years of deliberation within...
  • [Prot. Caucus] Pastor Resigns From Georgia Church After Congregation's Vote to Leave PCUSA Fails

    05/11/2015 6:14:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 7, 2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The Rev. Charles Hasty, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, has announced his resignation from the congregation he's served for 13 years after members narrowly defeated a motion to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA). Hasty announced his resignation Monday evening after congregants voted 266-146 last month to leave PCUSA over theological differences; the total was just eight votes shy of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to pass. JoAnna Williams, administrative assistant for Hasty, directed The Christian Post to a local news article wherein quotes from a letter Hasty wrote explaining his reasoning was published. "Undoubtedly, there is...
  • Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church to celebrate 150th Anniversary, May 3rd

    04/27/2015 9:36:35 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Clarksville TN Online ^ | April 24, 2015 | Clarksville TN Online
    Palmyra, TN – In 1865, Queen Victoria ruled England. Abraham Lincoln was elected to his second term in the United States. And Reverend Nute Larkins organized the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Palmyra, Tennessee. This year, the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church celebrates its 150th birthday. The old Ebeneezer Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which was founded in 1846, was renamed Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1865. Originally, a one room log cabin in the hollow of East Creek, the early location was on the creek, subject to flooding. The congregation persevered, building three different buildings on that site until they purchased the...
  • 34K Black And Latino Churches Cut Ties With Presbyterian USA After Same-Sex Marriage Approval

    03/30/2015 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A coalition of 34,000 black churches has cut its ties with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) in the wake of its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage.
  • Presbyterians And Homosexuals Together: The Crisis Of Christ And Culture

    03/23/2015 8:46:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 3/23/15 | R. Scott Clark
    From its inception Christianity was a marginalized not a culturally powerful or influential religion. With the death of the mainlines we’re witnessing the last gasp of the informal Constantinianism in America, the gathering of cultural elites in the narthex of tall-steeple PCUSA congregations. The informal coalition of cultural and political power brokers in and with the mainline is dead. The WWII generation was probably the last to care to identify with the mainline or to seek the approval of the mainline. Now that the culture has got what it wanted, capitulation, even the NYT will ignore it. There is no...
  • Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales

    03/23/2015 6:16:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro
    Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales New York’s Trinity Wall Street Church Challenges Assault-Rifle Sales By Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro March 22, 2015 7:38 p.m. ET A U.S. appeals court showdown looms next month for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a case with potentially broad impact on how much influence investors can have over their companies. The dispute concerns Wal-Mart’s sales of assault rifles with high-capacity magazines. New York’s Trinity Wall Street church wants shareholders to vote on a resolution calling on Wal-Mart’s board to review management decisions to sell the weapons, as well as other products that...
  • PCUSA Ordains First Married Lesbian Couple as Ministers Days After Denomination's Marriage Amendment

    03/22/2015 7:48:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2015 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Days after America's largest Presbyterian denomination approved an amendment to its constitution changing its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, a lesbian couple will be ordained as ministers Sunday at First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Kaci Clark-Porter and Holly, who married three years ago, will be the first-ever same-sex couple to be jointly ordained, according to USA Today, which says the denomination couldn't point to other examples. Last year, Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a vote on an amendment to change their official definition of marriage from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a...
  • Presbyterian group votes to allow gay marriage

    03/22/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 24 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Peter Smith
    The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination has rewritten its definition of marriage and has authorized same-sex weddings nationwide. By Tuesday evening, a majority of presbyteries or regional governing bodies had voted to ratify an amendment to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), allowing but not requiring its pastors to perform same-sex weddings and its churches to host such rites.
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Where God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel

    03/20/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2015 | David French
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the Radio Shack of church denominations. It’s been in free fall for so long that it’s sometimes difficult to believe the church is still around. It makes news only when it makes bad news. This is a church that has long embraced a culture of death by accepting abortion on demand. Indeed, church materials have declared that abortion can even be “an act of faithfulness before God,” and church policy states: “The considered decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy can be a morally acceptable, though certainly not the only or required, decision.”...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex weddings

    03/18/2015 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/18/2015 | Tobias Salinger
    Members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to make the 1.8-million-member, 10,000-congregation denomination the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage allow same-sex weddings. The Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey cast the necessary 86th vote Tuesday night to establish that a majority of the church’s 171 regional presbyteries now support an amendment to the church constitution that redefines marriage, the Associated Press reported. “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives,” the church’s Book of Order will read,...
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Embraces LGBT-Inclusive Definition Of Marriage

    03/18/2015 8:24:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | March 17, 2015 | Carol Kuruvilla
    The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Following years of debate and introspection, America’s largest Presbyterian denomination has announced a change to its constitution that allows for a more inclusive definition of marriage. Officially called Amendment 14-F, the new wording in the denomination’s Book of Order will describe marriage as being “between two people.”
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) Changes Its Constitution To Include Gay Marriage

    03/17/2015 10:41:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 189 replies
    WashingtonPost ^ | March 17, 2015 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Presbyterian Church (USA) Changes Its Constitution To Include Gay Marriage By Sarah Pulliam Bailey March 17 The Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest body of Presbyterians in the country, approved a change in the wording of its constitution to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church, a move that threatens to continue to split the mainline Protestant denomination. The 171 regional presbyteries (local leadership bodies within the PCUSA) have been voting on whether to change the wording to call marriage a contract “between a woman and a man” to being “between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” On...
  • Puerto Rico Presbyterian Church Exits Denomination Over Homosexuality

    02/17/2015 6:15:53 AM PST · by cll · 11 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 2/17/2015 | Milly Negron
    In an act of full obedience to biblical authority, this past Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, the congregation of Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Bayamón (First Presbyterian Church in Bayamón), located in Santa Rosa Community, resigned in plenary from the Presbyterian Church of United States of America (PCUSA) and declared itself an independent Reformed Presbyterian congregation, under the name Iglesia Presbiteriana Westminster (Westminster Presbyterian Church), seeking to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). This action, which included over 250 signers, was taken mostly due to the arbitrary and repressive positions assumed by the Commission for Evaluation, Education and Resolution of the Presbytery...
  • Once Fiery Coral Ridge Sermons Hit New Low Key

    02/15/2015 10:56:42 PM PST · by Maudeen · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | February 15, 2015 | John Aman
    D. James Kennedy successor keeps quiet on public moral concerns. . . When D. James Kennedy was preaching at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church – the fastest growing Presbyterian church in the nation for much of his tenure – his sermons and comments to media sometimes sparked fireworks. One time he said: “We hear today that this is a pluralistic nation and that it is not a Christian nation. But Christianity itself, general Christianity, was conceived as the support of all our government.” Kennedy, who died in 2007 after 47 years of ministry at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, church, preached that...
  • What About Israel?...Romans 9-11 pt 1

    I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.(Romans 9:1-5)The...
  • Minister leaves Church of Scotland over Kirk's 'unbiblical decisions'

    01/26/2015 3:38:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    heraldscotland.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | staff
    An Inverness minister has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland over a series of "unbiblical" decisions by the Kirk. Rev Andrew McMillan, 38, will depart Dalneigh and Bona at the end of February and plans to establish a new church in the west of Inverness with the Free Church. The former Royal Marine said the Kirk is setting itself on a "fatal course" with a series of "unbiblical" decisions, including proposals to change religious observance rules in state schools, and criticised its divided stance on assisted suicide. It is understood Rev Andrew McMillan will become the eleventh former...
  • Abortion protest in SLO ruffles feathers

    12/18/2014 3:25:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    New Times ^ | December 17th, 2014 | RHYS HEYDEN
    heated dispute between a pro-life protester and parishioners of First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo ended with police involvement and multiple citations issued on Dec. 14. However, after initially citing protester and Paso Robles resident Danny Ehinger for two municipal code violations on Dec. 14 and sticking by the decision in a conversation with New Times on Dec. 15, SLOPD Capt. Chris Staley said on Dec. 17 that the department has decided to dismiss both citations. “We reviewed the case with [SLO City Attorney Christine Dietrick], and we decided to dismiss both of the citations,” Staley said. “She didn’t...
  • The Presbyterian Church USA’s Terrorist Ties

    12/09/2014 7:24:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/09/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    On April 18, 1983, an explosive laden truck driven by a Hezbollah terrorist slammed into the U.S. embassy in Beirut killing 63 people, including 17 Americans, some of whom were CIA operatives. According to the CIA, it was the most lethal attack ever against the Agency. Just six months later, Hezbollah terrorists struck again, this time hitting the U.S. Marine compound in Beirut. In a repeat of the embassy bombing, a Hezbollah homicide bomber crashed his explosive laden truck into the barracks killing 220 marines and another 21 U.S. service personnel. It was the largest single-day loss of life sustained...
  • Deputy discharged from hospital after testing negative for Ebola

    10/09/2014 5:29:54 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 15 replies
    MyFoxDFW ^ | Oct 09, 2014 6:00 PM CDT | myfoxdfw.com staff
    A Dallas County Sheriff's deputy is back at home after officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services said Thursday that he tested negative for Ebola.
  • Jason Stellman’s Unmitigated Disaster

    10/08/2014 7:27:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 33 replies
    AOMin.org ^ | 10-8-14 | James White
    Jason Stellman’s Unmitigated Disaster Rome never satisfies. It can’t. All the pomp and circumstance, all the liturgical fanfare, can never truly answer to the true needs of man. Since Rome has abandoned the gospel of grace and replaced it with a synergistic man-centered sacramentalism, she will never be able to offer to men anything but distractions, never true answers, to his real need. I feel for those who, in their wandering through the various man-made religions, find themselves trudging over the Tiber. I know so many who have found their way out of Rome, some because they have been enlightened...
  • Why the Fourth of July Is a Presbyterian Holiday

    07/05/2014 8:05:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | 7-4-14 | Rick Phillips
    While Americans today are roasting hot dogs and setting off fireworks, few will be thinking deeply about the significance of the event we remember, the issuing of The Declaration of Independence by our courageous Founding Fathers. Christians should realize, however, that the ideas enshrined in the founding of our nation and in the Declaration are biblical ideas that are just as important today. Reformed Christians, especially, should see in the language of our Founders the ideas of covenant theology that are essential for us to recover and defend today. With this in mind, let me offer three reasons why the...
  • Music teacher at area church charged with child sex abuse

    07/05/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    KCTV NEWS 5 ^ | Janice Broach
    SHELBY COUNTY, TN - A once trusted Hope Presbyterian Church music teacher is now at the center of a child sex investigation. Officials are releasing very few details about the investigation, but they do say that it involves multiple agencies. On Wednesday, Matthew Williams was charged with child sex abuse involving a family member. On Saturday, Hope Presbyterian Church found out and terminated Williams' contract immediately. Collierville Police Department confirmed there is an investigation, but that is all it would say. Williams taught piano lessons at Hope Music Academy at the church for almost a year. A spokesperson for Hope...
  • Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

    07/04/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Chief End of Man ^ | 7-4-14 | Don Sweeting
    “We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes “I fix all the blame of these extraordinary proceedings upon the Presbyterians.” So one colonist loyal to King George wrote to friends in England. Around the same time, Horace Walpole spoke from the English House of Commons to report on these “extraordinary proceedings” in the colonies of the new world. “There is no good crying about the matter,” he said. “Cousin America has run off...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Presbyterian Church Votes 'No' on Protecting Babies Born Alive During Botched Abortions

    06/26/2014 5:12:26 AM PDT · by blueyon · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/25/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination has been busy these days. It has voted to approve same-sex marriages, to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, and now has approved allowing babies to die who are born alive during botched abortions. As Wesley J. Smith at National Review Online observes, the motion that failed to win approval states: 1. Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born
  • Presbyterians OK with Killing Born Babies

    06/25/2014 6:49:05 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Wesley J. Smith
    The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly has been making a lot of news on the same sex marriage issue. But this vote has my eyebrows raised. The convention voted no on protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion. From the failed motion: 1. Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born, and to purposefully seek to enter the pure worship of God by offering aid, comfort, and the Gospel to those responsible for the care of our...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

    06/24/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to endorse Kermit Gosnell. Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions.From World Magazine: Also Thursday, 78 percent of the PCUSA General Assembly struck down a resolution condemning the killing of babies born alive during abortions, as occurred with notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Initiated by the South Alabama presbytery, it called for inclusion of pro-life Presbyterians and an investigation into doctrinal and financial support of abortion. Dissenters cited pro-abortion...
  • How To Tell The Difference Between The PCA And PCUSA

    06/24/2014 12:29:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 06/24/2014 | Joe Carter
    Last week NBC news reported that the “top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church in America” voted to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in their church constitution. The news report, which was quickly corrected, was confusing the Presbyterian Church of the USA—whose general assembly was meeting in Detroit, Michigan—for the Presbyterian Church in America—whose general assembly was meeting in Houston, Texas. With two Presbyterian denominations with similar names meeting on the same dates it’s easy to understand how a reporter could get them mixed up. So what exactly are the differences between the two? Here are several key differences between...
  • The Houston PCA General Assembly: A Pastor’s Reflections

    06/23/2014 8:17:51 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-04 | David W. Hall
    Some Assemblies chart a new course or make history. The 40-year anniversary celebration of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) founding (at the 42nd GA) probably will not bend the lines of history very much. It was a par-for-the-course General Assembly, which pronounces another resounding “Meh,” to the idealist reformers. As is becoming customary, most of the interesting things took place off the floor as this court of the church has become largely irrelevant for the year-round functioning of the church. Perhaps it is a sign of growth and stability that churches no longer depend much on annual four-day meetings[1]...
  • Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA

    06/23/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-23-14 | Staff
    Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA Overtures dealing with homosexuality, pro-life, child abuse, Insider Movement, theistic evolution, and others discussed and voted on Written by Staff | Monday, June 23, 2014 The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has adjourned in Houston, Texas. There were many issues considered including Insider Movements, child abuse, and prayer for Christians facing penalties for their stance on abortion and homosexuality. What follows is an overview of some of the main actions of this year’s GA. Unlike previous years, there was very little discussion or debate over the...
  • Presbyterians [PC(USA)] Become the Silly Church; A dying mainline church speeds its decline.

    06/23/2014 6:39:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.21.14 | Mark Tooley
    At one point during this this week’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another point, they collectively broke into dance, confirming that most Protestants, especially if they’re old, white and Anglo, don’t look so great wiggling around. (Here’s a video, for mature viewers only.) Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    courant.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • The PCUSA On Guns

    06/23/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 6/22/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Presbyterian Church (USA) on guns: Among other things, the Assembly’s action calls for: formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families; opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive; opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • PCA General Assembly Adopts Expression of Support for Sanctity of Life and Marriage

    06/22/2014 3:35:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Staff
    Be it resolved that the Presbyterian Church in America expresses its gratitude to the Lord for sustaining by His grace ministers of the gospel, chaplains, and Christians serving in the public sphere who are experiencing ostracism, penalties, and persecution for taking a Biblically faithful sand for the sanctity of human life and declining to participate in the cultural redefinition of marriage.
  • Pastor Says “Jesus Is The Only Way” Will Become Hate Speech

    06/21/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Jim Bakker Show ^ | 6-19-14 | Jason Wert
    Mark 13:13 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” One of the opening speakers at the 42nd PCA General Assembly told those in attendance that America is rapidly progressing to the point where declaring Jesus the only way to eternal life will be considered spreading hate. “It will be difficult to say in this culture ‘Jesus is the only way’,” Pastor Bryan Chapell warned. “That will be interpreted as hate speech.” Chapell said that sticking to truth will be a point of contention with the...
  • An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church

    06/21/2014 1:28:22 AM PDT · by Al Hitan · 128 replies
    Called to Communion ^ | Feb 7th, 2012 | Jason Stewart
    Let me begin this conclusion by ending at the beginning: My wife Cindy and I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church because we came to see that this Church is the Church established by Jesus Christ. We came to this realization in large measure by spending time in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reading other positive presentations of Catholic teaching, and speaking with flesh and blood Catholics in all walks of life and vocations. The many misconceptions we had about what Catholics believed were cleared away as we dug deeply into the teaching resources of the Catholic...
  • Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

    06/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 20, 2014
    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the United States’ leading Protestant denominations, has voted to allow its pastors to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform, where legal by state law.” The motion, which passed by a 61%-39% margin, takes effect immediately. By a 71%-29% margin, the assembly also recommended that the church’s Book of Order be amended to describe marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” This change will go into effect when it approved by the majority of the church’s presbyteries....
  • PCUSA Votes to Allow Clergy to Marry Same-Sex Couples; Approves Redefining Marriage

    06/20/2014 10:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Lillian Kwon
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest governing body voted Thursday to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages. Presbyterian clergy can now marry gay and lesbian couples wherever same-sex marriage is legal. The Presbyterian Lay Committee released a statement repudiating the action of the PCUSA General Assembly. "The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them ... God will not be mocked and those who substitute their own felt desires for God's unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God." The PCUSA's 221st General Assembly, which is meeting in Detroit this...
  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Presbyterian Pastors Can Preside at Gay Marriages

    06/19/2014 1:18:33 PM PDT · by alancarp · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2014 | Uncredited AP
    The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. will allow pastors to preside at gay weddings in states that recognize same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 61 percent to 39 percent in favor of allowing ministers to decide whether to perform the ceremonies. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage.