Saturday, July 30, 2005

PC(USA): Unity vs. Purity and Truth

A task force representing the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is calling for unity in the church despite major differences within the denomination concerning basic doctrine. The Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church was formed four years ago to address divisive issues in the church, such as homosexuality and the person and work of Jesus Christ, and will release its final report in August.

Pastor Parker T. Williamson, editor in chief of the Presbyterian Layman, was interviewed for an article about the task force and its report by Agape Press: . . .

"They took an interesting tack," he states. "What they finally concluded was -- 'There's no way we're going to be able to come out with one statement on anything like Jesus Christ, the authority of scripture, or homosexual relations. So instead of doing that, let's just see if we can learn to love each other.' So for four years they've had this big love-in."

According to Williamson, because the reports include "fuzzy language" and "vague wording," both orthodox and liberal Presbyterians will use it to justify their positions.

"It didn't solve anything," he laments, "but it will give people who hold convictions that are clearly contrary to scripture some feeling that their position has been legitimized -- and that's where the danger, of course, comes."


At Saturday, July 30, 2005 1:59:00 AM, Blogger Richard Wolfe said...

How do you define "contrary to scripture?" Please give an example.
Thank you

At Saturday, July 30, 2005 9:52:00 AM, Blogger Roch101 said...

Learning to love each other is contrary to scripture?

At Saturday, July 30, 2005 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

I think Pastor Williamson was concerned that the committee’s conclusion would allow the church to accept contradicting opinions about the Word of God as both being equally true.

At Saturday, July 30, 2005 1:59:00 PM, Anonymous Alex said...


I am a fan of "Jack" too. Have you read the "Richard Sharpe" series?

At Saturday, July 30, 2005 3:13:00 PM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

"Contrary to scripture," Richard, means to take a position in direct opposition to what the Word of God says. In the PC(USA) debate, one significant example is those who are advocating to have the church allow the ordination of homosexuals, which contradicts 1 Corinthians 6:9.

And, Roch, loving one another is not contrary to scripture. We are commanded to do so by Christ, but we are commanded to love God first, and according to 1 John 2:3-5: "We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, 'I know him,' but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him."

At Sunday, July 31, 2005 12:11:00 AM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

To learn more about a theologically conservative faction within the PC(USA), I refer you to a post of mine from last month: "The PCUSA's New Wineskins Initiative."


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