The Israel described in the Bible and the modern state of Israel are not the same and should not be understood as such by Christians, states a new paper drafted by the mission council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Bible does not provide any clear geographical boundaries of the ancient land of Israel, notes the PC(USA)'s General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC). Therefore, “it is dangerous” to bring the Bible into the debate on how to define the boundaries of Israel or any other modern state, it adds.
Presented at the Feb. 24-25 meeting of GAMC, the paper, titled “Christians and Jews: People of God,” was recommended to the upcoming 219th General Assembly for approval and weighs in on the ongoing lsraeli-Palestinian land dispute. more >>
A Presbyterian megachurch will begin a series of town hall meetings this weekend as the congregation moves toward severing ties with their denominational family.
Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, Calif., already initiated the process to be dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will use the next six months for discussions and prayer as it discerns its future path.
The megachurch began evaluating the future theological direction of the PC(USA) 16 months ago, recognizing that current trends in the denomination did not align with their core beliefs. more >>
Mainline Protestant churches are the target of a new campaign that urges "loud," rather than silent, support for gays and lesbians.
Though mainline denominations already welcome LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) persons, the multifaith group Intersections says it's not enough.
"[W]e must sing their welcoming as loudly as we sing the hymns," the group declares. more >>
In a closed meeting, a regional body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Saturday voted to ordain a partnered homosexual.
John Knox Presbytery commissioners voted 81-25 to approve the ordination of Scott D. Anderson, who set aside his ordination in 1990 when he was outed.
Anderson was ordained in the PC(USA) by the Sacramento Presbytery in 1983. He pastored Bethany Presbyterian Church for seven years until two members of the congregation publicly announced that he was gay. more >>
Evangelicals in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have banded together and committed themselves to hold to the biblical faith as their denomination continues to "stumble," as they put it.
With the PC(USA) losing churches and conservatives beginning to feel like they have no voice or reason to stay in the denomination, remaining evangelicals have decided to support one another with the formation of the Biblical Presbyterian Network.
"[I]t feels as if there is a sense of helplessness within the evangelical community within the PC(USA). The old strategies do not seem to be holding us together and the vision for a renewed Presbyterian Church USA seems more faded than ever," the network states. more >>
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is gearing up for another biennial General Assembly this year.
On its agenda is an overture rejecting a document on the sin of racism that some believe may be misused to promote gay ordination and other "same-sex causes."
"An Overture on the Belhar Confession" was approved by the Sacramento Presbytery last month to send to the 219th General Assembly, the highest governing body in the denomination. more >>