Shuck and Jive

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Christ and His Love (for heteros that is)...

The Layman reports that the largest church in Pittsburgh Presbytery has voted to leave the PCUSA and join the EPC. Here is an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The minister, Rev. D. Dean Weaver, named a bunch of theological trivia for its decision:
"The Evangelical Presbyterian Church has uniform ordinations standards across the board that say a person must believe in Jesus Christ as the only way, the only truth, and the only light; the bodily resurrection of Christ; the Bible as God's word; the historic doctrine of the Christian church," Weaver said. "We wanted to be in a denomination that was bold in its proclamation of that, unapologetic."
The keeper is of course, The Gay:
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is among several Protestant denominations embroiled in a bitter debate over what role gays should have in their churches. The national church's highest court ruled in 2000 that Presbyterian churches may bless same-sex unions as long as they don't equate the relationships with marriage.

"We consider those kind of issues to be secondary," Weaver said. "We're about proclaiming Christ and his love."

Yes, Christ and his love. Unless you are gay. Then no love for you.