Local weddings for Presbyterian gay couples unlikely, pastor says

Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 02:49 PM.

Presbyterian pastors are now allowed discretion to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls them to perform.”

In addition, individual church governing boards, called Sessions, can decide whether to allow weddings for same-sex couples in their churches, regardless of what pastors feel called to do.

Broadhead said like other controversial issues, same-sex marriage takes attention away from more important matters.

“Our denomination has been focusing so much on being politically correct that we have taken our focus off spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to people that need to hear it,” he said.

Avoid distractions

Broadhead urged Presbyterians to not allow the issue to distract them from the basics of their faith.

“As with all of the issues the General Assembly has passed that rankle people, my suggestion is take a deep breath and don’t make any rash decisions,” Broadhead said. “Don’t do or say anything that would mar the image of Jesus Christ. That is key to ours and any denomination.”

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