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Old 04-20-2004, 06:44 PM   #541
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http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2004/04074.htm

The presbytery’s PJC had ruled in April that Van Kuiken was guilty of having “married” homosexual couples, in violation of the PC(USA) constitution. The ruling concluded, addressing Van Kuiken: “The Presbytery of Cincinnati, in the name and authority of the Presbyterian Church (USA), expresses its condemnation of this offense, and rebukes you.”

Of course it doesn't say discriminate.
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Isn't it getting so baroque?
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Interesting. I knew a girl in high school who went to a Presby church that welcomed homosexual couples. I'm not sure if they could be married there, but it sounded like the church wouldn't be against it. But unfortunately I've had no experience with the Presby church (unless you count that one incident at the PCUSA building in Louisville....um, nevermind.) even though I know a lot of Presbyterians. I'm going to ask my theology Prof what he thinks of this issue b/s I'm pretty sure he's Presby....
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I am unaware of a Presbyterian church that bars homosexuals from attending or becoming a member.
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I think the key word in the post is "couples."
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I am unaware of a Presbyterian church that bars homosexuals from attending or becoming a member.
That wasn't what the article alleged though. It alleged that the Presbyterian church refused to allow gay people to marry. Is that incorrect?
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Ministers ordained in the Presbyterian Church are not permitted to marry same-sex couples. The Constitution of the church does not extend beyond its doors.
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Ministers ordained in the Presbyterian Church are not permitted to marry same-sex couples. The Constitution of the church does not extend beyond its doors.
So the church's Constitution does say that it's ministers can't marry gay people? And it did charge this minister with violating that provision?
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So the church's Constitution does say that it's ministers can't marry gay people? And it did charge this minister with violating that provision?
Yes. That is what Van Kuiken agreed to when he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church.
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Yes. That is what Van Kuiken agreed to when he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church.
Two questions then...

Firstly, what exactly were you objecting to about the article? I had thought you were saying it was inaccurate, but obviously I was wrong. So is it just the fact that the article describes the church's position as discrimination which you object to?

Secondly, do you think his actions were justifiable or not?
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Firstly, what exactly were you objecting to about the article? I had thought you were saying it was inaccurate, but obviously I was wrong. So is it just the fact that the article describes the church's position as discrimination which you object to?
Correct. The article was more commentary than reporting. Slapping the word "discriminatory" on the story ignores the deeper issues of biblical interpretation and church polity.

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Secondly, do you think his actions were justifiable or not?
There is a clear difference in how Scripture is applied in this area. The Presbyterian Church has maintained a clear position that same-sex marriage should not be performed by the church. This point has been made many times before the General Assembly. Presbyterian ministers are given a large degree of freedom in the pulpit, but must follow the Constitution and laws of the church. Van Kuiken took an oath to follow these laws as part of his ordination. I would hope his word means a little more than it has. Matthew 5:37
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Correct. The article was more commentary than reporting. Slapping the word "discriminatory" on the story ignores the deeper issues of biblical interpretation and church polity.
So you don't think that it's discriminatory to refuse to allow gay people to marry while allowing straight people to marry?

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There is a clear difference in how Scripture is applied in this area. The Presbyterian Church has maintained a clear position that same-sex marriage should not be performed by the church. This point has been made many times before the General Assembly. Presbyterian ministers are given a large degree of freedom in the pulpit, but must follow the Constitution and laws of the church. Van Kuiken took an oath to follow these laws as part of his ordination. I would hope his word means a little more than it has. Matthew 5:37
Do you personally think they're right?

I suppose this all raises the question of under what circumstances it's okay to disobey what you perceive as an unjust law.
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But as he's said the PC Constitution once banned race equality, upheld slavery ect. I'm sure someone within the clergy helped to change things, as well as society at large.
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Correct. The article was more commentary than reporting. Slapping the word "discriminatory" on the story ignores the deeper issues of biblical interpretation and church polity.



There is a clear difference in how Scripture is applied in this area. The Presbyterian Church has maintained a clear position that same-sex marriage should not be performed by the church. This point has been made many times before the General Assembly. Presbyterian ministers are given a large degree of freedom in the pulpit, but must follow the Constitution and laws of the church. Van Kuiken took an oath to follow these laws as part of his ordination. I would hope his word means a little more than it has. Matthew 5:37
But what if part of that oath included the idealology that slavery was acceptable to Presbyterians? Many used scripture for years to justify slavery. At some point someone's interpretation had to conflict with that of those who justified slavery. I believe that's what Van Kuiken is doing here and he's putting his faith in front of some oath.

There are times when the Church has to be challenged, just take a look at history, take a look at Christ's life.
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I've heard it said that many used Scripture to justify slavery - it was Scripture that led to the abolishment of slavery. We should remember that slavery was a secular institution.

The Presbyterian Constitution was not changed after Van Kuiken was ordained. He made his representation regarding what he would follow. His actions show otherwise.

The Presbyterian Constitution and Book of Order has changed over the years. The change is done slowly and thoughtfully. To many, Van Kuiken is simply putting his beliefs/agenda ahead of Scripture.

We can reopen discussion on the Scriptural viewpoints, but I believe both sides have been fairly clearly stated in numerous threads.
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