Leaders issue an open letter to PC(USA) members

The top leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) share their thoughts on the business of the 221st General Assembly (2014) in a letter to members, and issue a charge to the full body as it moves forward.

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  1. I am very confused on the issue of gay marriage. I want to support the Presbyterian USA decision but I keep coming back to Leviticus chapters 18 and 20. How can this not mean what it says and if so, how can it be ok?

    by Cathy Beck

    August 4, 2014

  2. I know there are many references against homosexual unions but I know of none for it. We are commanded to love others but also to obey the word of God. As for me and my house, we chose to follow God. We will not be obnoxious about this issue but will not support it . disappointed that our leaders have succumbed to social pressure.

    by Alyce Taylor

    July 22, 2014

  3. If the Book of Order is the kind of law enforced by the General Assembly it needs the complicate procedures tor the enforcers to follow. While there is no correspondent procedure for enforcement and the pastors don't have the ability nor the obligation to examine the sexuality of the parties to be married regulating the sexuality of the marrying parties is not doable. This change of wording in the Book of Order, to me, is simply a de-regulation of a non-practical and non-enforceable rule. There are many types of marriages in this world. The biological marriage, which focuses on physical oneness, prevailed way before the legal marriage, which focuses on contract and the legal rights and duties, became the norm. The change of the wording resumes the Christian marriage as spiritual rather than biological and clearly relieves the pastors' guilty of not examining nor ruling the sexuality.

    by Anthony H. Su

    July 21, 2014

  4. "The Assembly approved a recommendation to allow teaching elders pastoral discretion to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls them to perform,” where legal by state law. The body also passed a recommendation to change language in the Book of Order to indicate that “marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” Our prayer is that together, through our covenant with one another, the PC(USA) can move forward on this issue in love and with respect." I am a member of the Presbyterian Church USA in Western NY State. Can you help me understand this latest decision by pointing me to the basis in scripture for gay marriage? Thank you. John Elie

    by John Elie

    July 20, 2014