Skip to comments.Church of Scotland Expected to Back Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 05/20/2017 5:21:48 PM PDT by marshmallow
The Church of Scotland is preparing to take a significant step towards same-sex marriage.
The Kirk's General Assembly - gathering in Edinburgh - will be asked to approve more work on how such weddings could take place in church.
Equal marriage remains a divisive issue within the church.
Since 2014, Scotland has allowed same-sex couples to marry but individual church traditions can each decide whether to participate.
A report on the issue prepared for the General Assembly invited the church to take stock of its history of discrimination against gay people and to apologise "individually and corporately".
Moderator Designate the Reverend Dr Derek Browning said: "On Thursday afternoon the theological forum will be bringing a report to the General Assembly, and this year what they're asking to do is for the assembly, first of all, to consider making an apology to the gay community for things that have have been said in the past and the assembly will have to make up its mind on that.
But also it's going to be asking our legal questions committee to see what the issues are round about allowing ministers to perform same sex marriage if they choose to do so, and equally for safeguards for those who, for conscience sake, feel that this is not something they can do."
Dr Browning added: "Over the years the assembly has been very well aware that on both sides of the debate, very strong things have been said and therefore an apology certainly within the Christian context is always important because there's been hurt caused on both sides of the debate.
"Hopefully we're in a position to move forwards, but that will be for the General Assembly to make its mind up on, on Thursday."
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Gives a whole new meaning to the classic lines:
“You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye!”
When the approval of men matters more than God’s Holiness and Righteousness, when fashion trumps Scripture, when relevance tops fidelity: men are faithless.
How long till we see pink kilts at gay pride marches?
(Joking, if it wasn't obvious)
Another Christian church becoming a JOKE.
So instead of lifting the bride’s veil for a kiss, it will be the kilt that gets lifted?
Ya know I’m tired of the “churches” condoning condemned things. I believe that my decision decades ago to not attend a service was the correct choice when these so called “clergy” do not even represent the moral guidelines of GOD. PC BS....I never give money....I offer labor ....
I read recently that the only part of Scotland which is conservative and still religious is the Western Islands.
It's all about power and money, remember what Christ was angry about in the Temple. Our leaders, religious, political and social are mostly being rotted from within by maniacal ambitions.
A delusional govt controlled church.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...
A church is where we go because we acknowledge ourselves as sinners.
We do not go to church to celebrate sin.
This sort of stuff doesn’t bother me so much anymore. This Congregation, such as it is, is signing it’s own death warrant by embracing this kind of baloney. A church that offers nothing but affirmation of political correctness is offering nothing that is unique. The orthodox will migrate to a different organization over time and this organization will go the way of the Shakers.
I always wanted Amazing Grace, by bagpipes, played at my funeral. Not so much now...
“”A report on the issue prepared for the General Assembly invited the church to take stock of its history of discrimination against gay people and to apologize “individually and corporately”.
Moderator Designate the Reverend Dr Derek Browning said: “On Thursday afternoon the theological forum will be bringing a report to the General Assembly, and this year what they’re asking to do is for the assembly, first of all, to consider making an apology to the gay community for things that have have been said in the past and the assembly will have to make up its mind on that.””
So now Christians will be required to apologize for calling homosexual sin “sin”? What is next, a requirement that Christians apologize for calling murder or adultery sin?
I once met a priest at an Anglican church who knew nothing of the Old Testament...at all! I think I was just too shocked to ask him if it wasn’t part of his seminary training.