Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Openly Gay Ordained Ministers

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The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly voted Monday to allow congregations the choice of accepting openly gay ordained ministers, while allowing other parishes to opt out if their congregants disagree with the gay lifestyle.

via Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Openly Gay Ordained Ministers.

If even the ostensible standard-bearers will not hold up the standard, what will the people do?

One Reply to “Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Openly Gay Ordained Ministers”

  1. “If even the ostensible standard-bearers will not hold up the standard, what will the people do?”

    Interesting question indeed…

    In search of some universal truth, Biblical truth is no longer sufficient for clergymen.
    But still the thought, why is that?

    (1) Biblical truth can make you feel uncomfortable (sin-conviction-repentance).
    (2) Biblical truth is not modern, but antiquated: “Let’s keep up with the times now or never – who knows if His words are true forever?”
    (3) Biblical truth will keep churchgoers away from church (because of (1) and (2)). Yet the Church needs them urgently, otherwise she cannot continue to exist.

    And so a part of the Church becomes more and more “conformed to this world” (Rom 12:2). In God’s sight she is “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” (Rev 17:5).

    Nonetheless, what will the people do?
    Jesus said,

    “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!” (Mt 18:7)

    It seems to me that Jesus spoke here about temptations coming from the world. However, what about temptations coming from the Church herself?
    There is a clear warning to be found in James’ letter:

    “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” (Js 3:1-2)

    To me, it gets perfectly clear with Paul’s words:

    “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Gal 1:8-10)

    To put it briefly: if some people – actually not all – seek God, they will find Him (Mt 7:14; Lk 11:9), and thus the TRUTH (here: Biblical truth).

    “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” ((Jn 8:31-32)

    Free indeed (Jn 8:36) because of His incredibly beautiful Love that really touches heart and soul… 🙂

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