FIDELITY = CHASTITY

A DIVISIVE PRESBYTERIAN VOTE OVER GAY ORDINATION MAY HAVE FATALLY WOUNDED A WIDER CHRISTIAN UNITY

The letter of the law was cast in virtue, but the spirit of the law was one of contention. "Those called to office in the church are to lead a life of obedience" to Scripture and church doctrine, read the proposed amendment to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and "among these standards is the requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage of a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness." For six months, the 171 presbyteries of the 2.7 million-member church battled over these lines, one by one voting for or against them in...

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