Position Papers: 1973 - 1993
5th General Assembly, 1977, 5-49, 4, p.
67 and 8, p. 68.
Overture No. 11 ... be answered in the affirmative:
Whereas, God has plainly spoken of homosexuality in his
Word, denouncing both the, act and the desire as sin, condemning
this perversion as unnatural, a degrading, passion, an indecent
act, an error, an abomination and hence worthy of death (Lev. 18:22,
Rom. 1:26-32); and
Whereas, we recognize, that God's righteous judgment is upon
those who approve of such detestable acts, as well as those who
practice them; and
Moreover, whereas God has clearly stated that the condoning of homosexuals
along with murderers, immoral men, kidnappers, liars, perjurers
and all other unrighteousness is contrary to sound teaching (1 Timothy
1:11, 2 Peter 3:14-18);
Therefore, be it resolved that the General Assembly encourage
Christians to recognize their responsibility to petition the powers
that be that such men and women who practice, approve, or condone
any of these activities not be invested with the authority to teach
in schools or be in a position where they can influence our nation,
which professes In God we trust.
8. Resolution #7 be answered in the affirmative:
Adopted as amended
. . . . .That the Fifth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church
in America affirm the Biblical position for our denomination which
1. The act of homosexuality is a sin according to God's Word;
2. Churches should actively seek to lead the homosexual person to confession
and repentance that he might find justification and sanctification
in Jesus Christ, according to I Corinthians 6:11; and
3. In light of the Biblical view of its sinfulness, a practicing
homosexual continuing in this sin would not be a fit candidate for
ordination or membership in the Presbyterian Church in America.
See also, 16th General Assembly, 1988, p.
198, 16-89 Judicial Case 62.
PCA Digest, Part
III JUDICIAL CASES.
NOTE: See also Report
on Homosexuality in Documents of Synod, p. 301 (158th
GS Minutes, RPCES, July 4, 1980, pp. 43-50).
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