Last night, the Presbyterian Church (USA) amended its constitution to allow practicing homosexuals to be ordained as ministers. Before the amendment, the constitution required clergy to live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” The amendment instead requires ministers to “submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.”
This is sad news indeed. Somehow the PCUSA has decided that homosexual conduct is consistent with submission “to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.” Even though the Bible unambiguously prohibits homosexual behavior, the PCUSA is now claiming to submit to Christ’s Lordship while setting aside Christ’s teaching as revealed in scripture (Rom 1:26â€“27; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10). This shows that the real issue here is biblical authorityâ€”something that was set aside a long time ago in many churches of the PCUSA.
The PCUSA is not the only denomination that has argued against the Bible in favor of accepting homosexual practice. The other mainlines have already moved in this direction, and unfortunately some so-called “evangelicals” have moved as well. For those who are interested, I wrote an article for Themelios about what the evangelical response should be to arguments that attempt to sideline the Bible’s clear teaching on this issue. You can read it here.
Pray for the Bible-believing churches that remain in the PCUSA. I expect that they will have some difficult waters to navigate in the days ahead.