Presbyterian Church votes away the gay
Well its been proven. Although homosexual activists claim you cant “pray away the gay”, some churches are bypassing praying for voting. This time its a church in the belly of the beast. From Charisma Magazine:
Menlo Park Presbyterian is based in the San Francisco Bay area and led by well-known author and pastor John Ortberg. It is the ninth-largest PCUSA church, with about 4,000 members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The motion to leave the PCUSA was approved by 93 percent of the church’s members who voted, with 2,024 ballots in favor of the motion and 158 ballots opposed, according to a letter posted by Ortberg. Menlo Park determined that to keep its property and leave the denomination would cost $8.89 million, based on a summary for dismissal agreement.
“This is a major milestone, and not an ending but a beginning. There’s a lot yet to come of what Dallas Willard called the unique life of spiritual adventure in living with God daily — entering fully into the good news that Jesus has brought, for ourselves, and for us as a church,” Ortberg wrote.
A Menlo Park spokeswoman did not return calls for comment.
The church voted to join a newer denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, which has attracted 115 other Presbyterian churches since it started in 2012. In its rationale for leaving, Menlo Park cited differences in identity, mission, governance and owning its property.
Earlier, the influential and wealthy First Presbyterian Church in Houston narrowly voted to stay with the doctrinally errant denominational parent. The Houston Chronicle reported the congregation voted heavily in favor of the move but falling short of the supermajority needed for approval.
GCM Watch congratulates both churches for their exceptional bravery and commitment to upholding biblical standards of morality.