Did the Gay Clergy Lie?

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The StarTribune reports that Presbyterians to allow gays to be ordained ministers. Note: Those Presbyterians would be of the PCUSA branch. I’m sure many would call them PiNO’s (Presbyterian in name only.) Thankfully, some in the PCUSA spoke against the newly affirmed policy which will now allow openly gay and lesbian members to be ordained clergy.

Something caught my eye while reading the story. OK, several things caught my eye, but one thing in particular. A few quotes will be provided in order to show the point in asking –

Did the gay clergy lie?

First, what the new policy replaces.

The new policy overrides language in the Presbyterian Church USA’s constitution that limited clergy roles to people “living in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness.”

Notice the claims of one of the pastors who gave statements to the reporter.

“It’s very exciting,” said the Rev. Timothy Hart-Andersen, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian in downtown Minneapolis and founder of advocacy group Covenant Network of Presbyterians, which supports the ordination of openly gay clergy. “I found myself welling up with tears. Up until now they’ve had to be closeted. Now they’ll be able to come out. It will honor them as individuals and as full human beings like anyone else serving the church.” [Emphasis added.]

If this pastor is correct, the statement – “Up until now they’ve had to be closeted” – expresses that there are current ordained gay and lesbian clergy who have been secretly living against agreed upon PCUSA policy.

So did the closeted gay and lesbian clergy lie in order to outwardly conform to their own policies? It seems they did. Does this even matter to the PCUSA congregants? What kind of a leader purposely lives against their own policies and the people they lead seem to have no problem with it? The whole thing is a sad state of affairs.

Is the PCUSA willing to apply their position consistently with Scripture? The Apostle Paul writes:

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. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV)

Will they now pass policies to allow ordained clergy to be openly sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, greedy, drunkards, swindlers or foul mouthed? While it would be consistent of them to pass such policies I’m sure there will not be a pending vote or news report on such policies.

What the PCUSA is missing is verse 11 in the above Scriptures that I left off.

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.
(1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV)

Paul basically says that he understands where you were in your previous lives as a slave to sin. You were like that, but no more. Jesus washed you of those sins so you are no longer bound to live in them. You must not live in them as you are now a slave of Jesus. You’re identity is with Jesus now and not those sins.

I pray those in the PCUSA who are embracing these new policies affirming openly sinful lifestyles will embrace the gospel and turn from their sins just as Paul commands.

HT: Justin Taylor

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1 Andrew June 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I used that verse this past year in a sermon about grace and ministry to those dealing with homosexual sin…but I doubt that the once-closeted-now-“freed” PINO homosexual ministers were struggling with their lifestyle. They were more than likely seeking through denoninational sanction its justfication.

Not to seem trite, but 2 Timothy 4:3-4 becomes sadly more and more apparent with each new decision by the mainline churches….

2 Cathy M. June 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Excellent point! That’s a very interesting observation. If lying and fornication are acceptable, then why not the whole [1 Cor. 6: 9-10] enchilada? I wonder what notes the SBC should be taking from all this.

3 Mark June 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Andrew, your point that they were not struggling with their lifestyles is right on and is at the heart of the problem.

4 Mark June 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Cathy, I’m sure the SBC and most likely every Christian could take some notes from comparing their own lifestyles with the sins listed in the 1 Cor. 6 passages quoted. The issue is, as Andrew pointed out, whether or not those sins are struggle or acceptable as the normal Christian life.

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6 Justin June 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

That was a great observation. At the core, it would seem that these individuals are practicing a hypocrisy: appear one way to everyone until you can get your foot in the door and change the policy to justify your other lifestyle. It’s just sad.

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