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."