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-Jesus, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Homosexuality

by Dr. D ~ May 15th, 2011

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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The Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) recently passed an amendment to its Book of Order that will probably end up opening the door to ordaining practicing homosexuals in that denomination.

The provision substituted a requirement that its clergy live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness” for requiring its ministers to “submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.

Unfortunately some in the PCUSA have declared and have assumed that it is possible to be in submission “to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life” while actively and openly living a homosexual lifestyle in contradiction to scripture (Rom 1:26–27; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10).

Some have even made the claim that Jesus never spoke specifically on the subject so what Paul had to say really doesn’t matter? For me this is all about Biblical authority, or lack thereof in this case. 

Here’s an article from Stand to Reason by Alan Shlemon that addresses this very issue:

          "Jesus Never Said Anything about Homosexuality.  Does It Matter?"

Shlemon makes 4 very important points in the article:

First, it’s not certain that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.

Second, it’s clear what Jesus would say about homosexuality if asked.

Third, Jesus did not speak about every immoral behavior.

Fourth, the argument that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality presumes that the words of Jesus are more authoritative than the words of Scripture elsewhere.

The article is short but succinct and powerful in combatting this current line of thinking which pits Jesus against Paul but really the Holy Spirit since it is actually an attack on Biblical inspiration and authority.

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1 Response to -Jesus, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Homosexuality

  1. -Christianity Without Christ and a Personal God? | ANSWERS For The Faith

    […] we have the recent case of a venerable denomination- the Presbyterian Church (USA) choosing to disregard New Testament teachings on homosexuality, fidelity in marriage, and sexual chastity before marriage. Now it would seem to […]

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