The broader problem with the Church of Scotland (and the CoE, Baptist Union, Southern Baptists, etc)
“As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another.” as the proverb goes and my thanks go to Mark for his comment on my last blog post about the Tron leaving the Church of Scotland. You can read his comment here; as I thought it over I realized that my joy at seeing the Tron leave the Church of Scotland was not related completely to the homosexual issue but more to an overall objection I have to the Church of Scotland and not just the church of Scotland but the many broad church groupings including Baptist Union, Sothern Baptist, etc ,etc. For the purposes of the post I will concentrate on the CoS though.
I realize that many of my readers may well be in such a denomination and I will try and proceed graciously. My intent is not to stir up trouble but to stir up debate and at the very least force others to think about these issues. This post is not meant in anyway to detract from all the good the Church of Scotland does or to question the godliness or sincerity of evangelical leaders within the CoS.
On 14th June it was announced that the Tron church in Glasgow was leaving the Church of Scotland over the issue of homosexual ministers. When I first heard the news I’m not ashamed to admit that I almost danced for joy. Usually church splits sadden me because they’re normally for reasons which are secondary in nature and as Christians the call for unity is a strong one. There was once a church that spilt over the issue of having a service on Christmas day, splitting over such trifles does not magnify Christ as Head of the church. But while the call to unity is strong the call to faithfulness is stronger.
Two verses spring to mind: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5v11) and “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1v8). The issue of homosexual ministers can appear to be a minor one but at its heart is a refusal to bow to the clear command of Scripture. Homosexually is declared by God as being morally wrong so to allow homosexual ministers is to go against God’s law.