Church of Scotland congregations may ‘opt out’ of biblical definition of marriage

Via Christian Concern:

Last week the Church of Scotland voted to permit clergy in same-sex partnerships to be appointed to leadership positions.

The Church of Scotland claims that it maintains a traditional view of marriage between a man and woman. Churches are now allowed, however, to ‘opt out’ of the official position, should they wish to appoint deacons or ministers who are in same-sex civil partnerships.

Nowhere in the Church of Scotland’s statement is reference made to what the Bible teaches on marriage.

In a bold statement, the Co-ordinator of the Principal Clerk’s office of the General Assembly, Very Rev David Arnott, has suggested that this move by the Kirk’s General Assembly could provide a ‘template’ for the Church of England. At present, the Anglican Church requires clergy in same-sex civil partnerships to state that their relationships are celibate.

Rev Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who defied the Church of England by ‘marrying’ his male partner, provocatively tweeted: “I am deeply glad that the Church of Scotland has followed where the Spirit of God is leading.”

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, comments: “Not only is Andrew Foreshew-Cain in breach of obedience to God’s plan and purpose for marriage, but he’s also defying the Church’s teaching.”

The outgoing Moderator for the General Assembly, Very Rev John Chalmers, spoke to those on both sides of the debate in Scotland, stating: “We cannot go on suffering the pain of internal attacks which are designed to undermine the work or the place of others. It’s time to play for the team.