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Presbyterian Court says Spahr wrong to marry gay couples, BUT… | Denominational Updates from First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen

Presbyterian Court says Spahr wrong to marry gay couples, BUT…

The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission of the PC(USA) issued a ruling this week that held that it was wrong for the Rev. Jane Spahr to have conducted wedding ceremonies for gay couples when it was legal in California. You’d think that this would be cause for celebration among evangelicals. But, what the court gave with one hand, it did its best to take away with the other. It basically said, “We have to rule this way according to the Book of Order, but we still think it should be ok for her to do it. So, please, won’t you change the Book of Order so that we won’t have to do this again?”

Mary Naegeli, as usual, gives a brief but insightful analysis, and points out “In its assessment of what is right, just, or wrong, never once does the Commission use the Scriptures or the Confessions even as guides.”

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