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August 2, 2012

Another Presbyterian congregation leaves PC(USA)

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/another_presbyterian_congregation_leaves_pcusa_20120802/

Amid the ongoing debate in the Presbyterian Church USA over the church’s treatment of homosexuality, evangelical wings of denomination continue to split and join with a more conservative line of Presbyterianism. From the San Ramon Express:

Danville’s Community Presbyterian Church recently seceded from its mother church in favor of joining a more conservative organization. Amidst differences in opinion on gays in the clergy and interpretation of the Bible, CPC split from Presbyterian Church USA and moved to Evangelical Presbyterian Church on June 3.

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Among CPC’s reasons for securing a gracious dismissal from its mother church is “creeping tolerance of theological purism,” or varying interpretations of the Bible. A large percentage of PCUSA pastors have taken positions that are inconsistent with the historical tenets of Christian Faith, CDC officials allege on their website.

“Rather than complying with the Book of Order, the denomination has urged us to live together with an ever-increasing theological diversity,” documents state. ” There is no longer agreement within the church and its leadership about who Jesus is and what he did. The Book of Confessions has not changed so we appear, on paper, to have an orthodox faith, but the truth is that the PCUSA is functionally pluralistic.”

Hat tip to RealClearReligion. This denomination is different than the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, which launched this year as a destination for congregation’s unhappy with the PC(USA)‘s softening on homosexuality.

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