Longview church splits over homosexuality
POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 10:30am
LONGVIEW — The First Presbyterian Church of Longview is splitting.
This comes after their denomination's national organization -- the Presbyterian Church of the USA -- voted to allow the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals.
Just this past Sunday night, almost 300 members voted to leave and create a new church across town known as Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
84 members voted to stay with their national denomination. For the time being, they will stay in that building.
The new church will meet at a building on Garfield Street in Longview with a new pastor.
The pastor of First Presbyterian in Tyler acted as a moderater for the Longview Church's decision.
"Even within the group staying, it's not about whether they believe whether the broader standards are right, they mostly think that they're not right! It's mostly a question of whether they can live in a denomination where there is more latitude than they're comfortable with," Baskin said.
Baskin tells KETK if the group that decided to stay can't maintain their historic building effectively, they will negotiate with the newly formed Evangelical Church to perhaps take the building.