09 October 2011

PCUSA Ordains First Gay Minister

The Washington Times reports:
A Wisconsin man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister.
In a quavering voice ripe with emotion, the Rev. Scott Anderson told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant PresbyterianChurch in Madison for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come.
“To the thousands of Presbyterians who have worked and prayed for almost 40 years for this day, I give thanks,” Mr. Anderson, 56, said. “And I give thanks for those who disagree with what we’re doing today yet who know that we are one in Jesus Christ.”
Mr. Anderson was closeted when he served as a minister in Sacramento, Calif., from 1983 until 1990. When a couple threatened to reveal his sexual orientation, he came out to his congregation and resigned because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) barred homosexuals from serving as ministers. 
But things changed last year when the church's national assembly voted to remove the ban, clearing the way for Mr. Anderson’s ordination.  (Online Source)
Sorry, but if you are living in persistent, unrepentant sin, we are not one in Jesus Christ. Repent, turn from your sin, embrace Jesus Christ in submissive faith as Savior and Lord.
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 18-20)
And all God's people said...Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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