Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Presbyterians Consider Separation From PC(USA) Over Openly Gay Clergy

(Christian Post) A theologically conservative Presbyterian group held an event Monday in Pittsburgh to help equip churches that are considering separation from the mainline Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The New Wineskins Association of Churches, the group that sponsored the event, hopes to have churches return to a “historic orthodox faith.”

“Many churches are asking questions, both theological and civil, in their process of discerning where God is leading them to serve the Kingdom. We decided to hold an event because no one else was stepping forward to address these hard questions,” said Eric Amundson, pastor and board member for the NWAC, in an interview with The Christian Post.

“We are simply seeking to help congregations access some of the resources that they may be able to faithfully seek answers in their own situation. We are not seeking to answer God's leading for any particular congregation in any particular situation, just to provide our experience and resources.”

Over the past couple generations, mainline Protestant churches have seen declines in membership and attendance, which conservatives attribute to liberalism entering their respective denominations.

Within the Presbyterian denomination, groups like the Evangelical Presbyterian Church formed back in the 1980s due to the belief that mainline congregations had fallen to liberal ideology. (Read more)

Congregations who are considering the separation  here.