Worthy Christian News » Church of Scotland to debate ordination of gay people

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Church of Scotland to debate ordination of gay people

By Joseph DeCaro

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND (Worthy News)– Last year, the Church of Scotland's General Assembly decided that it couldn't condone same-sex marriages or civil partnerships, yet its commissioners approved a proposal that allowed individual congregations to hire gay ministers while the assembly continues to debate their ordination.

"The General Assembly reaffirmed biblical teaching that same-sex civil partnerships are wrong, but then allowed ministers who are gay in," David Robertson — a Free Church minister in Dundee — told Christian Today. "It confused people and made a laughing stock of the Church here."

As a result, many congregations have opted to leave the Church of Scotland and join churches that ban homosexual clergy. Robertson said this trend will likely continue.

"In reality, most people now don't expect the Church's position to change and as a result a number of congregations have left and more will leave in the next year. Some conservative evangelicals will stay and accept the situation, but not the theology behind it … It's largely been taken over by the theologically liberal and conservative evangelicals are permitted only if they don't rock the boat. On the one hand it's a broad Church, but then it's like: 'If you don't agree with us, you should be out'".

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

One Comment

Leave a Reply

  • Joe DeCaro
    29 May 2014 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    The article in question was a rewrite from "Christian Today" as referenced in the second graph.

  • Make us your homepage

    What is Worthy News?

    Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

    Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

    Recommended Links

  • Editor’s Picks

  • Most Read This Month

  • Most Read Articles

  • 1999-2015 Worthy Christian News » Church of Scotland to debate ordination of gay people