My grandmother, God rest her soul, was a Scots Presbyterian, who complained in the 1970s about the lukewarmness of her church. She would call weak tea "Presbyterian Tea." Sadly, but with little surprise, the PCUSA has followed in the steps of the mainline Episcopal Church USA in officially removing moral standards for its clergy relating to chastity and so on. Ordaining gays and lesbian is just fine now. This is not your grandmother's church.
Terry Schlossberg, who has been working within the PCUSA for years in the pro-life cause and other orthodox issues, sent me this Press Release from the Presbyterian Coalition:
May 10, 2011
The Church's proclamation of the gospel and the preservation of truth has been dealt a wounding blow by the outcome of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s vote on Amendment 10-A.
The PC(USA)'s explicit biblical and historical standard of sexual holiness -- "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness" -- has been removed from our constitution's Form of Government. Thus, each session and presbytery will be expected to determine its own standard in the area of sexual behavior for those seeking ordination, thereby further fracturing our already fragile denominational unity.
As a result of this vote, the integrity of our life together as a denomination is called into question. Our relationship with many of our international missions partners and with thousands within our own denomination is deeply threatened, and we have placed ourselves at odds with the considered wisdom of the Christian Church throughout history.
God's benevolent will and good purpose for all people cannot be changed by a vote! The Presbyterian Coalition maintains its commitment to the standard that those called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to Scripture and in conformity to the historic confessional standards of the church. We continue to hold up the standard that officers are to live in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness. We continue to counsel obedience to these standards, and repentance to those who fall short, as we all do.
We continue to pray for the transformation of those caught up in the sexual confusion of our time, and commit ourselves to walking alongside our brothers and sisters in the grace offered by our Lord Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection.
We continue in our commitment to preserve the truth and to resist evil, and we welcome all who will join us in working for biblical integrity in the Church of Jesus Christ.
We seek the Lord's will in what lies ahead, and pray that he will purify the PC(USA) and restore her witness to the world.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6: 19-20)
To God be the glory!
Board of Directors
The Presbyterian Coalition
For further information, contact Terry Schlossberg, Renewal Advisor