Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approves marriage amendment

By majority vote, Presbyterians have affirmed that marriage is a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

March 17, 2015

LOUISVILLE

While the Office of the General Assembly is still awaiting official tallies, it appears that a majority of the 171 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have approved a change to the current description of marriage in the PC(USA)’s Constitution.

At its meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Palisades Presbytery became the 86th presbytery to approve an amendment to the PC(USA)’s Book of Order.

The new language reads: 

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the wellbeing of the entire human family. 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 sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community. 

In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society. In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges. 

The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the PC(USA) approved Amendment 14-F last summer, but required a majority of presbyteries to ratify the provision for it to become part of the church’s Constitution. (To learn more about how decisions are made, watch the video “Presbyterian Governance Comes to Life.”)

Voting began last fall in the wake of decades of discernment and marriage studies. Since then, pastors (“teaching elders” in Presby-speak) and members of congregations elected to serve as ruling elders have come together to pray, discuss, and try to discern the mind of Christ. In their efforts, they have looked to Scripture, the PC(USA) Book of Confessions, and the stories of everyday Presbyterians with whom they minister. 

PC(USA) ministers already can perform same-sex marriages in states where such marriages are legal. By a vote of 371–238, the 221st General Assembly (2014) approved an authoritative interpretation permitting ministers and sessions in these states to use their own discernment in conducting same-sex marriages, effective June 2014.

The General Assembly also included in those changes clear language that no teaching elder or session can be forced to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony if they do not believe it is appropriate. As of March 16, 42 presbyteries had voted against the amendment, demonstrating ongoing disagreement within the church.

The change to the wording on marriage will take effect June 21, 2015, one year after the adjournment of last summer’s assembly.

Additional resources are available at the Office of the General Assembly website and include a “frequently asked questions” document, liturgical resources, and a video podcast by Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly. 

“These decisions have been welcomed by some and a disappointment to others,” Parsons said in a statement after the decisions of the 221st General Assembly (2014). “Let us pray that we can allow the Spirit to continue to create in us a common call to follow Christ while respecting each other’s convictions.”

  1. I find it interesting how this discussion parallels the time in PCUSA's history when they were discussing ordaining women. Hmmm will we one day look back at this and say....

    by Nicole

    March 17, 2016

  2. Can't say I'm a huge fan of gay marriage, but perhaps now we can move on to more important things. It's sad to think of the thousands and thousands and thousands of hours spent on this question that could have been spent on things that actually matter.

    by Robert Cain

    January 20, 2016

  3. I'm openly gay and was brought up Southern Baptist now I'm part of Metropoltian Community Church.

    by Ana Tarver

    November 14, 2015

  4. So sad these days, hearing this our church was so depressing. Christians are supposed to believe in Jesus and the Bible more than anything, but now it feels like everyone is falling into the Devil's commands. I'm not saying we should hate gays, which is also against the rule of the Bible. But we shouldn't force churches to having to agree to same-sex marriages either.

    by Louis

    October 25, 2015

  5. Bad form by those who demonize those who believe that the Bible teaches that marriage is only between a man and a woman as our forefathers and the rest of the Christian church has believed for two millenia by calling them "haters." Those who should feel ashamed attempt to shame those who stand on the Word of God.

    by Chris

    June 22, 2015

  6. The PCUSA has managed (with the proceedings of the last two General Assemblies) to establish a glaring contradiction between the two parts of its Constitution. The Book of Order, as amended, now says marriage does not have to be between a man and a woman. To the contrary and in spite of errant Authoritative Interpretations, the Book of Confessions still clearly says that marriage has to be between a man and woman. Has any other organization ever existed with this kind of split personality? How can this be corrected? If the proper procedure is followed and two-thirds of the Presbyteries do not approve the required changes to the Book of Confessions, then what?

    by Cliff Boylston

    March 28, 2015

  7. Very, very sad that the church has become so political and that a Book of Order takes over the Bible. As Christians we are to be in the world not of the world. Yes we are to love others as Christ loved us first, but that doesn't mean we change the Bible and what God intended. I am single never married and hurt every day because I have wanted to be married but because guys don't obviously like my looks or something how is the church taking care of me or my single friends who are mothers, the older population who are lonely? We are worried about being politically correct than doing ministry to all people. I am not only upset with this denomination which I was apart of growing up -glad my home church pulled out I have lost faith in religion as a whole and I am now torn what to do with a church I am working at. PCUSA you will reap what you sow. Obviously you already have with loosing so many members.

    by Cheryl Wood

    March 25, 2015

  8. Being an openly gay man , legally Married in NY ,as not yet legal in MI. ~ We were BLESSED to have our Minister perform a commitment ceremony for us ~ Outside of the church before going to NY., Yet the entire session were present. The vote taken before the ceremony showed TRUE Christian Love. 12 in favor~ none against. I am sure our Church here, in the Midwest will be one of the first to open it's doors and begin to perform ceremonies when it is legal in our State. Those who are against this new ruling SHOULD have their feelings respected. Please however , think if it were your Son or Daughter that was Gay or Lesbian. Also how many Heterosexuals have ever Prayed that God will let them die peacefully in their sleep ~ If their feelings were wrong. Please also Do Not dwell on the old stereotype that we are all promiscuous . Most of us in this day & age are in faithful relationships. Certainly yet most can forgive a straight Person that is unfaithful to their opposite sex spouse We are all Children of God. He made us this way ( Not a Choice ) The Good Lord doesn't make mistakes ~ Thanks Be to God .Proud to be a Presbyterian ` Thanks for those on our side & RESPECT for those who do Not understand that Love is Love ..

    by steven long

    March 24, 2015

  9. NIV Gen. 1:23-24 23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man." 24That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. God is immutable. This decision to change marriage is against God.

    by Sharon

    March 24, 2015

  10. Thanks to the Presbyterian Church USA who believe in extending love to everyone. I always hear church members talking about homosexuality which you do not choose. They do not mention divorce and adultery, etc.

    by G Nance

    March 22, 2015

  11. That God's "ways and thoughts are higher than ours" keep humility with all of us. Those angry with the Presbyterian Church for this inclusive decision may want to ask themselves: Why so angry for a loving relationship, perhaps different from your personal experience, to be accepted, included ... allowed in the church. If "love covers a multitude of sin," then what good happens with your hate, exclusion, harsh judgement of another's life-hope ... for a loving relationship? In today's vernacular: YOU need to check yourself before you wreck yourself--and others--by judging, rejecting and hating ... thriving LGBTQ relationships who want to be a part of God's church family. The Presbyterian Church got this right, and the long run will bear witness.

    by PM Jones

    March 22, 2015

  12. I feel as though my guts have been ripped out. This is a sad day for our church. I still feel love for all as Jesus wanted us to. I believe that love takes precedence over all commandments, but I do not agree with what has happened and it would be my prayer that the Lord will forgive those that passed and favored this ammendment as I have. I will now take the time to pray and use some wise judgement but most likely I'm out of here. I will find another Christian home, but you can be assured that I will never again be a part of any denominational organization. There is just too much unchristian things happening in the name of social correctness. Good luck PCUSE.

    by George Richardson

    March 21, 2015

  13. To make room for the thousands of folks that will be rushing in to fill our church pews on June 21, 2015, this lifelong Presbyterian will be leaving the denomination. The political agenda intruding into the PCUSA has become too much for me to endure. I will continue to serve and worship God elsewhere.

    by Lynne Schumacher

    March 21, 2015

  14. Many praises and blessings on the PC(USA) leaders. The right decision was made. God's love encompasses everyone.

    by Doris Rocha

    March 21, 2015

  15. Very sad to see a once great Protestant denomination morphing into more of a social justice political organization, unmoored from its Biblical anchorage. It has already lost 500,000 members in the past 10 years, due to its rapid shift leftward. The only logical conclusion is that the PCUSA will ultimately bring about its own demise, at some point in the not-too-distant future, by this continued metaphorical drift.

    by John S. Dallas, III

    March 20, 2015

  16. No room left for conservatives in the PCUSA. Love one another as Christ commanded. Membership in PCUSA is not a requirement for that.

    by Kevin

    March 19, 2015

  17. Goodbye PCUSA. You have finally done it and driven Conservatives away from the Church.

    by Robert Schlutow

    March 19, 2015

  18. I'm very joyful with this news, I'm from Brazil, and here the church isn't open for all of us gays and lesbians who wants, to worship God, we have no places or church where we can practice our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I hope someday in the future more churches and christians being less judges of each other, our Lord never had judge anyone, He offered salvation to all those who believe in his saint name, and in his word, and theres no Jesus's word against homosexuality instead of that Jesus said “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.” (Matthew 19:11-12) Que a Santa Paz de Deus Esteja convosco! Abraços fraternos!

    by Alisson Baracho

    March 19, 2015

  19. All of this leaves me sad.

    by Burnie

    March 18, 2015

  20. The civil government legally validates marriage: The civil government issues the license, in case one forgets or requires proof that they were married. The civil government defines who is allowed to officiates and what credentials must be obtained to officiate. In some states, allows couples to perform their own ceremony. The denomination acknowledges this civil authority. A greater issue that has been long over looked: A Church weddings: a pageant or Christ centered. The intent of the hearts in people, provides the response. Be well! Live as you are called to live by faith,... through Christ. Without the witnesses of the absentees, we are absent without leave ourselves.

    by Cornelious

    March 18, 2015

  21. I belong to First Presbyterian Church in Dade City, FL . PCUSA will never again receive any more funds from me. PCUSA membership will keep declining because of what you as a organization have done to the body of Christ. I feel very sorry for our church

    by John R Powell

    March 18, 2015

  22. Time to say good bye. Sixty years a Presbyterian and this is how it ends.

    by David Mowbray

    March 18, 2015

  23. Speechless! God has left this denomination! I will too!

    by Myung

    March 18, 2015

  24. We are one step closer to being a church that reflects the extravagant love we know in Jesus Christ. Amen, and amen!

    by Luanne

    March 18, 2015

  25. The Bible has very little to say about homosexuality, but a great deal about the inclusive love of God. We now understand that homosexuality is not a choice---any more than epilepsy is due to demonic possession. I believe that churches now should encourage all to be celibate or moving towards a covenanted relationship. So proud to be a member of PCUSA.

    by Ahope

    March 18, 2015

  26. Amen! The great cloud of witnesses rejoice.

    by Ann Sukraw-Lutz

    March 18, 2015

  27. Unbelievable...I am done with PCUSA and my church. This not what the Bible teaches, this is giving in to political correctness......no more money/donations from me and anyone else I can convince.

    by Smith

    March 18, 2015

  28. Jesus said that some will negate his word with their traditions. The bible speaks expressively against homosexual unions. By this I know that the last days are here because men and women are giving in to the pressures of society and to their own pleasures. Im just preparing for the rapture, you can have this world.

    by Pastor Vaughn

    March 18, 2015

  29. Bravo for PC USA. The clause about "traditionally a man and a woman" seems unnecessary to my eye, but a good first step. For those worried about changing the bible I've got bad news for you. Jesus never said word one about homosexuality. Well at least not in the anonymous books written in some cases decades after his death that purport to record what he taught. We have no idea who wrote Leviticus either, but if those rules are important to you you better not be eating shrimp either. For those worried about "changing the bible" I guess you plan on ordering the women to be silent in church and reminding them they have no authority to advise men on spiritual matters. Under the rules at the time at Jesus this includes boys of the age of 12 provided you did your duty of teaching them the bible prior to that. The bible also says slavery is permissible. It actually says this repeatedly, but I don't know too many people saying we need to stop trying to change the bible when we outlawed that. But some people just look for any reason they can to try and justify their hatreds.

    by JakeBe5

    March 18, 2015

  30. I have been a faithful Presbyterian most of my life, but it's time for a change. The Presbyterian church is heading in the wrong direction. We need to follow Gods words, not give into what happens to be politically correct at the time. I am a elder in my church, and at the end of my term I will look for another church, one that is NOT Presbyterian, but one that follows Gods word.

    by Ron

    March 18, 2015

  31. What is wrong with you guys ???????? Did someone tear the pages out of your Bible that say Homosexuality is a sin and Marriage is between a Man and a Woman???? Seriously ! Search your hearts and repent.

    by Dominic

    March 18, 2015

  32. This church has fallen. Yes Christ loved everyone especially sinners who were willing to admit they were wrong and were willing to repent. He did NOT want people to continue sinning. For the leaders of this church to allow this and say its okay when it's not they are now false teachers. Read your Bible, ALL of it not selected portions. Leviticus 18:22 God calls homosexuality the practice an abomination - God does Not change, popular society does. Search your Bible for the truth, the Bible says few will actually enter the kingdom of Heaven, those who have fallen away from His Truth will. One day we will all stand before Him for everything we did or did not do to give an account - it's what I wanted will not be an excuse over this issue or an other. Your answers are all in the Bible for life, get them their. Jesus said the world would hate you because of me, if your following His teaching, you wouldn't be popular.

    by Amanda

    March 18, 2015

  33. So sad to see our national church self destruct. Conservatives should stay and stand up for what they feel is biblically correct .We need intellectual diversity.Stand up for the traditional family and the future of the Presbyterian Church USA.

    by J D Darnley

    March 18, 2015

  34. I think God already voted against this. Can we really overturn His vote?

    by Ken White

    March 18, 2015

  35. Congratulations PC(USA)! I love when people cherry pick what they think should be followed in the Bible. I am sure all of the other posters who are so upset with this follow ALL of the expectations in the Bible. NOT!

    by Jim

    March 18, 2015

  36. Where does this appear in the Bible? Every time the PCUSA makes a political decision, they lose members and income. Our church is scrambling every year to meet their budget. Does the PCUSA take that into account when they bow to politics and ignore Biblical teachings? Our culture can change but the Bible never does. Focus on spirituality and God's teachings and not the secular.

    by Sue

    March 18, 2015

  37. I am glad the Presbyterian Church has moved into the New Testament. Jesus called us to love one another and to not judge one another. When you remove our skin we are all the same. In God's eyes we are all the same and none of us have any right to judge one another. We are called to love and serve one another. Christ's life and death changed our world, and I am glad our church sees that.

    by Linda

    March 18, 2015

  38. A church can love all people and still not SANCTIFY marriage between two people of the same sex IN THE CHURCH. You can still marry civilly, and you can still be welcomed at the church. Now it's destroyed.

    by Lisa

    March 18, 2015

  39. Sad day for the United States. PCUSA is a heretical sideshow which maligns and subverts God's word to suit itself. It is not surprising that it joins the Episcopal denomination in supporting what is blatantly forbidden in scripture. Interestingly enough PCA grows while PCUSA declines, I wonder why! Remember God is not mocked, but PCUSA is reaping what it has sown as an eventual whirlwind of destruction, as it rejects Christ for an idol.

    by john

    March 18, 2015

  40. My father was a Presbyterian minister for over 32 years! I m sure he would b appalled by this as m I. I m sorry for the Presbyterian church that it has come to this. I was raised by the scriptures. I don't c but one way to read them. This saddens my heart so much!

    by Alesa L Catlton

    March 18, 2015

  41. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Romans 1:26-27 Does the PCUSA not believe in the absolute truth of he Bible?

    by Parks600

    March 18, 2015

  42. I am deeply sadden for my brothers and sisters in the PC USA. This vote will cause splits, debates, and arguments that could and should be avoided. What happen to phrases like "strong in the scriptures", "In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essential Liberty, In All Things Love", etc. Our Churches (across Denominational lines) are many times more worried about scrutiny from mankind & the Government over God and His Word.

    by Cash Hunter

    March 18, 2015

  43. The concept of "one body" has no exceptions. If you accept Christ, you are in. Praise God that our denomination has reinforced this point for our LGBT brothers and sisters.

    by Stevan Kukic

    March 18, 2015

  44. Lets be clear God has absolutes. God declares boundaries through the Bible. If you believe God's words and meanings need to be altered, then so be it. It still does not change what God has declared. Changing what God has declared to be sin only allows for being in an unrepentant state of being. An of course to those who teach this God has made declarations about this also.

    by Chris Thompson

    March 18, 2015

  45. Such a sad day... my husband and I have raised our family within a loving Presbyterian Church. Why must my Church bend to the whims of a very vocal minority and be so politically correct? The Bible has not changed. We can show love and concern and compassion for our fellow man without compromising our foundation. To change the Church Constitution to allow the marriage of same sex couples is just wrong. My husband and I will be withdrawing our membership from the Church we have loved for so long.

    by Debbie

    March 18, 2015

  46. The church is sorely lacking in love and hope in this decision - God is love and is open to the hearts of all people - God does not love sin - God died for the sins of us all who will simply ask for repentance - Marriage is a sacred & holy union between a Man & Women period...the Holy Bible in both the Old & New Testaments commits to this - you cannot change this by Man's decree and worse in so blinding yourself to sin you no longer can reach out to spread the redeeming message of Jesus Christ - once you accept sin as acceptable because it is popular in the culture of the day you have abandoned the Word of God - you have lost your love of the Gospel and you have lost the hope of redemption for all people in sin - if you truly loved those lost in sin you would be trying to spread the message of God's redemptive love and hope - not locking them away in their sin and removing the Biblical truths in Holy Bible - the written revelation of God - this is truly a bitter time for those who once claimed to be a Light to the World.

    by Kevin Dyer

    March 18, 2015

  47. It is unfortunate that "love" and "acceptance" are thought to go together exclusively. The most loving thing I can do is call a homosexual to repentance, not say that what they're doing is ok. Accepting people doesn't change that the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality. Lets also not forget that Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commands", and "The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it". Let us love Christ first by keeping his commands and holding to his holy scriptures, and in so doing love others as best we can by showing the truth to them in the hopes that they may repent and come to eternal life.

    by Rob

    March 18, 2015

  48. I'm a lifelong Presbyterian and a lesbian. Finally! I have to say that most of the naysayers in response to this article engender pity in me. Clearly, they have not experienced the absolute pleasure that comes with worshipping with a loving, diverse group of congregants, or they wouldn't accept "word" over love.

    by Marla Seymour

    March 18, 2015

  49. Matthew 19:4-6 Proverbs 18:22

    by A_W

    March 18, 2015

  50. "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." 2 Timothy 4:3

    by Marc

    March 18, 2015

  51. There isn't any god model in my philosophy, but I live a rich, full life with my same-gender husband of 19 years. We help people when we can, and we love our friends and family without reservation. We wish EVERYONE the same. Too bad some Christians can'take do the same. Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the poor. And love. You don'the need a church to do that. Best to you all.

    by Ron Whiteaker

    March 18, 2015

  52. Jesus was all about acceptance, and not judging others. All of these comments about God said this, and humans don't make the rules.....it just saddens me. God sent his only son and His message was to love all. God said a lot of things in the Bible, and when people cherry pick the specific parts they like and ignore the rest, they are missing God's message- in my opinion. I couldn't be happier. Love is the goal all humans strive for, and God blesses those who find it. Peace to all.

    by Mielle Walther

    March 18, 2015

  53. i was born n brought up in baptist background but now finally i got the church who understand n care for the people which is taken a outcast.halleluyah!

    by roi

    March 18, 2015

  54. Marriage is between MAN & WOMEN.. GOD

    by SONDRA COMPTON

    March 18, 2015

  55. Are people full of hate towards others really following Jesus? I'm happy that PCUSA welcomes ALL people, as churches should do! If you disagree, why not remain quiet instead of saying something ugly? Wishing for the church to fail! What an example of Christian witnessing! I don't think so! Let's have love for one another!

    by Judy Itoh

    March 18, 2015

  56. Its Nice to see people becoming excepting of everyone! Not just people who are gay, but everyone! I have Hope for the world after all!

    by Colin Smith

    March 18, 2015

  57. Although I am overjoyed that this has passed, it still hurts to see the ignorant comments posted here. I suggest you who are opposed to this ammendment to educate yourselves and open your eyes. Try talking to a gay person who is in a committed, long term relationship. Read some books on the subject, such as Jim Bowden ' s book on same gender parnerships. The Bible DOES NOT CONDEMN TWO PERSONS OF THE SAME GENDER WHO ARE IN A COMMITED, MONOGAMOUS, LOVING PARTNERSHIP.

    by Bert Ballard-Myer

    March 18, 2015

  58. I am a conservative in a liberal church. What the liberals have taught me is to keep my mouth shut. I have no voice. I really have no church. Even the church pastor's husband can't engage in a single simple conversation without bashing conservatives. Reconciliation? The church embraces everyone , except conservatives.

    by Steve

    March 18, 2015

  59. One would think homosexuality would have been a big enough issue that Jesus Himself would have said something about it. However, He DID NOT. Not one word of red ink from Him directly about it in my Bible. God would not have condemned these people for how He made them. Too many brain studies coming back to show God-given neurological differences. I know someone who is gay and who says he would never have chosen a life of cruelty, sadness, condemnation, hurt, and shame. I have pictures of him at age 6 turning his little hands under and positioning himself as how people stereotype many gay people. It was never a choice for him. It was inborn and a source of great pain because man has decided that this is wrong and has said God said so. Very agonizing and sad. Good for this denomination!

    by wendyann

    March 18, 2015

  60. We will leave the church. I am very sadden by this. I LOVE my Presbyterian tradition, but I will not support this in any way.

    by AW

    March 18, 2015

  61. I am saddened to see that you left the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ and God's truth about marriage being between husband and wife, accepting lies for money and worldly appraisal. Did you hear Jesus' teaching that the blind guides will bring those who follow them into the pit? If you don't want this to happen to you and your followers, then repent and believe in Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise, i shake the dust off my feet, as testimony against you.

    by Oleg

    March 18, 2015

  62. I stand of what the bible says about marriage only for men and women and not the same sex. This decision is destruction and not for unity of the church.

    by Ongsky

    March 18, 2015

  63. Since when did the church become a democracy? Since when did the church have the authority "to cave" to please the will of the people? Is it not God, who sent his only Son, our sole Authority? He inspired the Bible to teach us so that we are not lead astray. This denomination has watered itself down so much, that it is nearly unrecognizable as a Christian denomination. Today, "Jesus wept" (John 11:35). Yes, we are to love all people implicitly and unconditionally--no matter who they are or what they have done, but this does not equate to condoning sinful behavior. Doing so, only confuses the people of God.

    by T. Payne

    March 18, 2015

  64. With the GA vote and now this vote, the vast majority of supporters have celebrated graciously understanding that there are still many in the denomination for which thus is not welcome news. Most of these recognize a continuing need for reconciliation and understanding. But it hurts to see the hateful comments here and on other social media sites condemning this action and declaring God's wrath upon PCUSA. For decades I have served a denomination that was officially unwilling to serve me, I have had hate speech thrown my way in Presbytery meetings and GA's and through it all developed a loving wonderful relationship with God who inspite of hate by so called christians (small c on purpose) has continued to nurture me through grace and love. The vote on 14F fully affirms that those who disagree may continue to hold fast to these views within the context of the PCUSA, but those who affirm love for all God's children now have a church home to welcome them and bring them into closer communion with God. Before this vote anti gay Presbyterians had their way and those of us who breve God loves all his children equally had no options. It is truly a great day. For those unhappy with the vote, peace be with you but please avoid the hate filled dialogue as it is unbecoming a Christian, unbecoming a Prebyterian.

    by Jim Davidovich

    March 18, 2015

  65. Wow - such vitriol over this decision! The Bible hasn't changed, and nobody with sense believes that is the point here. Or, perhaps, was the return of public stonings what people were hoping for?

    by Danny

    March 18, 2015

  66. "A Church cannot behave like a business that changes its product when the demand for it changes." -- Karl Cardinal Lehmann

    by Emma

    March 17, 2015

  67. The bible did not change. This is why I have decided to leave the church.

    by Very Sad Person

    March 17, 2015

  68. Praise God, because God is Love, and in accepting love, we accept God.

    by H R

    March 17, 2015

  69. Praise God for helping us to recognize that we are ALL children of God and he wants us to know that He created each of us, we should support each other in living in and sharing His love. Please grant us the grace and wisdom to recognize we are ALL children of God, those who are happy with this change and those who are not, we still need to struggle together to find His wisdom.

    by amy

    March 17, 2015

  70. How about an apology to all those who were shamed into hiding and disgraced over the years for simply being themselves by not recognizing this error in your faiths thinking in the first place. If you are going to decide what God finds OK after all this time, the least you could do is to apologize for not getting it right decades ago.

    by Tim Simpson

    March 17, 2015

  71. The Bible hasn't changed and neither should our beliefs.. Don't be fooled people. Be careful what your eyes see and what your ears hear. Whats right is right, no matter if nobody is doing it and whats wrong is wrong, no matter who's doing it.!!!!! We don't make the rules.. God does

    by jill

    March 17, 2015

  72. All of this makes me so sad, and so unhappy. I don't know what I am going to do !

    by Nancy Burks

    March 17, 2015

  73. God's word is the same as in the days He breathed it into the authors of the collection of books called the Bible. God warned anyone who adds or takes away from His word. The decision that has been made is man made. If we rewrite everything that does not fit or is not accepted into our society, it will no longer be God's word but man's. I do not want my salvation or my judgment based on man's word. I'm not Presbyterian and very glad I'm not at this point. I'm counting on God's word and His promises and His grace.. If I counted on man's it may get changed when the trend changes. If we change one single thing in the Bible them we open up the whole Bible for negotiation

    by karen frank

    March 17, 2015

  74. I am so joyful of this news. I haven't been to church in many years. After reading this news, I want to find my way back. Currently looking for one near me. I've been wanting to find a place that is inclusive to all. God loves all people, no matter what.

    by Mrs. Lollar

    March 17, 2015

  75. So happy about this, my heart is overflowing with love and joy!

    by Rich

    March 17, 2015

  76. Those who believe in the Bible and the Reformed faith can attend the PCA or EPC or ECO.

    by Roy

    March 17, 2015

  77. My God reigns! Finally Christians (Presbyterian's) acknowledging the true heart and compassionate Christ that has embraced and welcomed us into his arms of love. A place for LGBT of faith to worship freely and share their unique gifts given by the Holy Spirit as a blessing from God. Praise Him all creatures here below!

    by Ray Zwart

    March 17, 2015

  78. congratulations you just destroyed your church anybody that knows anything about the Word of God knows you are now against him you did the Ultimate defiance your congregation will now pay a price with many defections you left God people now will leave you

    by Ben Kuxhouse

    March 17, 2015

  79. As a openly gay senior pastor I am so happy to see this reform come to PCUSA! Great news for all those LGBT within PCUSA!

    by Rev Brandon Anderson

    March 17, 2015

  80. Keep it up / there want be anyone left. . No money / no church. You don't believe it / see how many has already left. . Sad times for John Calvin.

    by joe Spencer

    March 17, 2015

  81. I will not stay in a Presbyterian Church that goes so blatenly against the Bible. We are not to change the Bible. I don't care who disagrees. We are heading into the Apocalaspe.

    by Jean & Robert Gorney

    March 17, 2015

  82. Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

    by Claudia Beckmann

    March 17, 2015

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