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Longview church splits over homosexuality


POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 9:10pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 9:30am

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.

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The faction that split off had several issues with the PCUS, one of which was the ordination of women. ANY church body that does not recognize women can receive a call from God to preach just as a man receives the call hasn't read the Bible closely enough... even the first evangelist was the woman at the well...God's Good News message is beautifully spoken by Godly women in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches...all others miss another rich opportunity when women are kept out of the pulpit.

Just wondering if ratt's robe is white as snow...unblemished by any sin in thought, word, or deed? Remember when Jesus asked the crowd of MEN who were ready to stone the woman if any were without sin? I seem to remember that the stones fell from their hands and they all skulked away...but you are sinless, ratt? You can pass judgement on others? You, also, along with all other believers, will be judged by God alone...and passages of Scripture can also condemn you, and everyone else..

9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and of by the Spirit of our God.

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