Magazine article The Christian Century

PCUSA Conservatives Vow to Seek Reform

Magazine article The Christian Century

PCUSA Conservatives Vow to Seek Reform

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Conservatives in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), boosted by a defeat of an amendment that would have opened doors to gay clergy, say they will not leave the denomination that they still see as morally adrift and a bureaucracy not to their liking. The fledgling Confessing Church Movement, launched by a western Pennsylvania congregation nearly a year ago, raised its hopes for reform at its first national gathering in Atlanta.

Nearly 800 pastors and lay leaders attended, representing the 1,200 churches that have signed versions of the movement's three-point confession. The CCM has no national leadership, budget or staff. Congregations join by endorsing a statement that affirms salvation through Jesus Christ alone, the authority and infallibility of the Bible, and sexual purity within the context of marriage.

Speakers at the February 24-27 conference lambasted the church's Louisville, Kentucky, leadership, saying it has abandoned the historic Christian faith and embraced practices, such as homosexuality, that the Bible declares immoral. "We have shut the Lord out of his church long enough," said James H. …

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