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Amen! Presbyterian Church Votes To Allow Openly Gay Clergy!

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Praise be to God!

In what may be another small step for mankind, but one HUGE leap for organized religion, the Presbyterian Church of the United States passed a measure on Tuesday evening that allows OPENLY gay men and women in same-sex relationships to be ordained as clergy!

The decision came after a majority of the church’s regional bodies voted to approve an amendment to its Book of Order suggested last summer by the church’s general assembly.

The church released a statement on the historic decision, saying:

"Reactions to this change will span a wide spectrum. Some will rejoice, while others will weep. Those who rejoice will see the change as an action, long in coming, that makes the PC(USA) an inclusive church that recognizes and receives the gifts for ministry of all those who feel called to ordained office. Those who weep will consider this change one that compromises biblical authority and acquiesces to present culture. The feelings on both sides run deep. However, as Presbyterians, we believe that the only way we will find God’s will for the church is by seeking it together – worshiping, praying, thinking, and serving alongside one another. We are neighbors and colleagues, friends and family. Most importantly, we are all children of God, saved and taught by Jesus Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit."

This is so encouraging!

Even more encouraging is that this same church denied a similar measure two years ago, but 19 of the regional bodies that voted against it previously switched their vote in favor of allowing openly gay clergy!

Equality IS spreading with more and more people seeing the light EVERY DAY!

Michael Adee, the executive director of a Minnesota-based church group that has pushed to allow openly gay clergy in recent years, said:

"This is quite a day of celebration. We’ve restored the longstanding Presbyterian understanding of ordination: that the most important qualifications are related to faith, not marital status or sexuality."

We'd like to issue a big THANK YOU to the 2.8 million members of the Presbyterian church for opening their hearts and minds to practice what they preach by accepting EVERYONE in God's love.

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43 comments to “Amen! Presbyterian Church Votes To Allow Openly Gay Clergy!”

  1. 1

    Please believe this is NOTHING of God's doing. Having "unnatural" relations with same sex is not something God willing.

  2. 2

    This is the church taking there own claim on an issues, and as a Presbyterian, I am converting after this, such a bad decision and choice.

  3. 3

    Praise God? Come on, homosexuality is a sin in christianity. And I understand that it's not PC and not modern with these times but if you don't like the teachings of a religion you don't have to follow it. Period. In christianity it is a sin and last time I checked we have the freedom of religion whether it fits into your agenda or not.

  4. 4

    You and your fucking lame gay agenda.

  5. 5

    Why is it that most anti-gay people have terrible spelling, or terrible grammar, or both? Could it be that the less educated you are, the more likely you are to hate?

  6. 6

    Who cares.

  7. 7

    That's great!

  8. 8

    Re: edeclectic – I love your comment and was just thinking the same thing.

  9. 9

    It is very interesting to me that a site run by an out and very proud Hollywood Blogger is visited by so many bigot-minded and homophobic people who can't type to save their life. They actually take the time to sign up with a name on here and to leave comments. Very, very interesting to me…..

  10. 10

    Amen! God doesn't discriminate!

  11. 11

    So I want to know why people, who clearly know Perez is gay, continue to visit his site if he posts info just like this? Are they simply that ignorant? Regardless this is amazing and it's nice to see that not all religious faiths are demeaning and actaually promote acceptance and not hate

  12. 12

    All you "Christian" people need to read or re-read Revelations…..

    As a Presbyterian I was very pleased to read about this yesterday. About 5 years ago I went to the General Assembly and they were already talking about this! It's a wonderful day!

  13. 13

    Mario, Presbyterianism refers to many different Christian churches adhering to the Calvinist theological tradition within Protestantism, and organized according to a characteristic Presbyterian polity. Just an FYI…it is more than just one just one denomination. To the haters: I'd rather have clergy out in the open than hiding behind their robes.

  14. 14

    I know how encouraging this news may sound to you because you and this "church" have itchy ears. However, do not get too excited because this "church' is not a Christian church. Regarless of what the church states in a press release, the Bible is the final arbitrator in any matter. This is just another example of how people pervert the Truth for their own agendas. Just because jessie jackson and al sharpton claim to be reverends and these people claim to be Christians, it does not mean they are what they profess to be. God is not mocked.

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  16. 16

    Perez - isn't it sad that people create login names on your site just to use it as a forum to blast their homophobic and racist views? ……… Yeah, I think it's sad too. And cowardly.

  17. 17

    God doesn't exist, so there should be not hatred in the name of god. Other than that…GAY!

  18. 18

    Re: annenne – At last, some words of wisdom. Very well said.

  19. 19

    Re: edeclectic – I'm not homofobic, your a gaylord, and i was eucated in Califrnia, so i no i'm smrt.

  20. 20

    Desideratum, why don't you ditch the fancy talk and just commit to being a good person. Let people live, let them love. Stop hiding behind your Bible, written by fearful men.

  21. 21

    Re: magella – Its more then great, its wonderful. we can be sure that a marriage or committtment ceremony for gay couples is just around the corner.

    And note the detractors - who always find words to demonize gay people one way or the other. While so conveniently forgetting that Jesus told us to "love thy neighbor as thyself.

    So many christians are actually anything but…………………….

  22. 22

    And the Presbyterian USA church joins the evan Lutherans, Episcopal, MCC, UCC, UU, Jewish reform and some Jewish conservatives, New lightpresbyerians and others in proclaiming gays as part of God's wondrous creation.

    And quite a few catholic priests will do gay marriage ceremonies, secretly, reqalizing that their lifes work trying to help other people will come to an EXcommunicatted end if the vile bishops and the rest of the hierarchy find out what they did.

    And to the detractors - at least I dont hear hatred being spit out. Thank you. Whether you realize it or not, you have , to use the old expression "come a long way baby". But the end of that journey will come when you finally realize how gay people have been demonized by religion, and 3000 gay kids annually are driven to suicide int eh name of God. And then you will realzie taht this is the correct decision. As America joins virtually all of western Europe and much of Latin America in granting gays marriage rights under CUs or marriage

    As Brazil did justt a couple days ago =-10 to 0 from their supreme court

    Most ly by the catholic heirarchy of German pope RATZInger and teh southern evangelicals who justified salvery as per the bible.

  23. 23

    Re: sockie – Your language reminds me of the drunk I met th other night in the street. Fortunately nothing bad happened. are you, sir, or maddam, drunk on alcohol or right win religion.

  24. 24

    Hmm, so Presbyterians pick and choose from the bible?? What a concept!! I bet they have a HUGE following then. So sad really…

  25. 25

    I fucking hate religion. First you christians say God is love, God loves all his children, God doesn't hate, blah blah blah and then in the next breath you have the fucking nerve to say being gay is a sin and all gays are doomed to hell. Well what the fuck is it…does God love everyone of his children or not??? And then…and then…there are the murderers and baby rapers who wind up in prison and "find god" and "make peace" because they've somehow repented their sins, and will make it to heaven just fine…but the poor gay bastard who never did a bad thing to anyone is doomed to an eternity in hell because of his sexuality. Oh fuck you, christianity.

  26. 26

    Oh and that picture of the old dykes is awful. I can smell the Poligrip from here.

  27. 27

    whatever keeps the money rolling in.

  28. 28

    GUESS WHAT?!?!
    …nobody gives a fuck, switch World of Warcraft back on, go to your parents kitchen, eat your self hatred away with a snack, and complain to someone who gives a shit.

  29. 29

    lets all make our peace with our Creator… you know this is a sign that something is coming our way.

  30. 30

    Re: brat93111 – It is also interesting to me to read his posts whether he is gay or not is beside the point, just like liking someone verses liking their lifestyle are two different things. Um duh.

  31. 31

    Re: brat93111 – Blasting it, and homophobic and racist views????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHArdly. Just like it is your opinion to be for this (I assume) it is others to be against it. Just because these people such as myself do not agree with the lifestyle, does not mean we do not like the person. It is not for us to judge but rather follow the word of God. By speaking about the word to others may or may not make a difference in someones life but it IS worth a try.

  32. 32

    Quite honestly it's none of our business what anyone wishes to do with their lives. We as humans have no right to pass judgment on those that "sin" because we too "sin" and are imperfect.
    The Bible does say in Leviticus, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination", but it also says in Romans, "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things."
    We need to focus on ourselves, on our issues before pointing any fingers at anyone else no matter what we believe especially believers. Our mission in life is to teach with love, not hate.

  33. 33

    Re: OneLove5 – I don't think you have the metal capacity to understand what I wrote - that or you read it wrong. Did you not read all the other comments people left? Some were really awful and are right here for you to read again. Stephen Kay made a great point as well as Totohooo, and like them I agree that it's great to be open to all kinds of people and to respect them as we should only look at ourselves but not others with judgement. Try not judging anyone for a week, just a week, and see how you feel. You will feel great!

  34. 34

    Re: Desideratum – I agree.

  35. 35

    Re: Mike Jonas Grabowski – Just because people don't agree with issues that you believe in doesn't make them "self-hating" or "bigots". It just makes you an idiot for being that ignorant and close minded for not respecting other peoples right to their own opinion. Once again, liberal babies going around name calling because they're too emotional to show any intellect whatsoever.

  36. 36

    Re: edeclectic – could it be that gays are such fucking babies that people can't have their freedom of speech…

    shut the fuck up moron…..waaa…waaa….see a therapist.

  37. 37

    Re: brat93111 – it is called freedom of speech…..ALL OF US are allowed to have it…….douchbag.

  38. 38

    Hallelujia, it is about time. AMEN

  39. 39

    well why are you on his gay website you fkg freaks! since you so holy and isshhh! christians are some of the most hateful SINFUL bitches out there who love pointing fingers. fuck you!

  40. 40

    Another small step along the road of human rights.

  41. 41

    what is wrong with you people??? LYING is a sin also. can every single one of you honestly say you NEVER tell lies EVER??? you've never once fantasized about sex with someone you're NOT married to??? "Unrighteous," immoral, idolaters, adulterers, sexual perverts, thieves, greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers "will not inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10

  42. 42

    Back in 2003 when I was looking for a church to attend I went to a Presbyterian church. I quickly realized I wouldn't feel comfortable there because in their program they mentioned that they believe marriage is only between a man and a woman. I can't believe they have come this far. This is great news!!

  43. 43

    I don't find it sad that people are being given the right to express themselves and hold positions of leadership, regardless of their personal life…but I DO find it sad that this is taking place in a church.
    Whether it seems wrong to you or not, there is really no arguing that homosexuality is considered a sin within Christianity.
    Allowing open "sinners" to take a place of leadership and influence in the church is wrong. It defies the teaching of the Bible, and gives the obvious impression that this church cares more about pleasing its congregation over pleasing their CREATOR.