As a Presbyterian, I am deeply disappointed that the Presbyterian Church USA recently followed that path.
The Holy Bible speaks very harshly of homosexual sin. In the Old Testament, it is called "a detestable sin" (Leviticus 18:22, New Living Translation). In I Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul states that homosexuals, as well as many others, will not have a share in the kingdom of God. In Romans 1:18-32, he says that God abandoned people who push truth away from themselves. He "abandoned them to their shameful desires," and "as a result they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies." The final verse says that "worse yet, they encourage others to do them too."
Were Moses and Paul wrong?
Is the church encouraging homosexuals to openly continue their sinful practices? Is asking a minister to be married to the opposite sex or to remain chaste too much? Perhaps I misread the article "Path cleared for gay clergy" (The Augusta Chronicle, May 11). Does "to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life" mean the same thing?
Christians are to love everyone, even our enemies. That includes murderers, drunkards, thieves and liars, but would anyone encourage them to continue their destructive ways? To show true love for people, one should encourage them to seek forgiveness from God and try to lead a life as Jesus showed us.
Perhaps homosexual marriage and military service can be construed as civil liberties - but ordained Christian clergy? No. Nothing granted by man can remove sin.