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Church of Scotland Expected to Back Same-Sex Marriage
BBC ^ | 5/20/17

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: anglicans; apostasy; churchofscotland; heresy; homosexualagenda; scotland; sodomandgomorrah; ssm
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1 posted on 05/20/2017 5:21:48 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

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!”


2 posted on 05/20/2017 5:31:04 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: marshmallow

When the approval of men matters more than God’s Holiness and Righteousness, when fashion trumps Scripture, when relevance tops fidelity: men are faithless.


3 posted on 05/20/2017 5:31:25 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Cicero

How long till we see pink kilts at gay pride marches?


4 posted on 05/20/2017 5:32:30 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: marshmallow
It's a nation of men who wear dresses -- what else did you expect?

(Joking, if it wasn't obvious)

5 posted on 05/20/2017 5:33:59 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: marshmallow

Another Christian church becoming a JOKE.


6 posted on 05/20/2017 5:41:42 PM PDT by Ray76 (DRAIN THE SWAMP)
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To: marshmallow

Apostasy. #fakechurch


7 posted on 05/20/2017 5:42:12 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: marshmallow

So instead of lifting the bride’s veil for a kiss, it will be the kilt that gets lifted?


8 posted on 05/20/2017 5:46:36 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Rurudyne

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 ....


9 posted on 05/20/2017 5:47:05 PM PDT by mythenjoseph
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To: marshmallow

hoot man......

....not woman


10 posted on 05/20/2017 5:50:56 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: marshmallow

I read recently that the only part of Scotland which is conservative and still religious is the Western Islands.


11 posted on 05/20/2017 5:56:59 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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To: marshmallow

They’re toast.


12 posted on 05/20/2017 5:59:05 PM PDT by ealgeone
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To: marshmallow
And the great falling away lead by false prophets profits continues.
13 posted on 05/20/2017 6:00:35 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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"Ya know I’m tired of the “churches” condoning condemned things."

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.

14 posted on 05/20/2017 6:14:11 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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A delusional govt controlled church.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...


15 posted on 05/20/2017 6:15:23 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: marshmallow
Then it isn't a church.

A church is where we go because we acknowledge ourselves as sinners.

We do not go to church to celebrate sin.

16 posted on 05/20/2017 6:16:02 PM PDT by Ciaphas Cain (I don't give a damn about your feelings. Try to impress me with your convictions.)
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To: marshmallow

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.


17 posted on 05/20/2017 6:18:16 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (It's no longer Right versus left, but Americanism verss globalist scum.)
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To: Ciaphas Cain

I always wanted Amazing Grace, by bagpipes, played at my funeral. Not so much now...


18 posted on 05/20/2017 6:22:08 PM PDT by bigmak007 (They who can't control their own passions, want to passionately control others.)
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To: marshmallow

“”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?


19 posted on 05/20/2017 6:24:20 PM PDT by Paperpusher
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To: marshmallow

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.


20 posted on 05/20/2017 6:37:07 PM PDT by onedoug
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