After Embracing Gay Marriage, Presbyterian Church USA Dying on the Vine
The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) is not only failing to see growth, it appears to be dying on the vine.
A new report from the Office of the General Assembly shows that the denomination, which capitulated to the gay agenda, has less than 10,000 churches after an exodus of Bible-believing pastors.
Recently, 34,000 black churches broke ties with the PCUSA, among others.
“The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a ‘commitment between two people,’ becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex weddings in congregations,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.
“In His Word, the Bible, God has already defined marriage, as well as sin, and we should obey that rather than looking for ways to redefine it according to the desires of our culture. Marriage is defined as between a man and a woman—end of discussion. Anything else is a sin against God, and He will judge all sin one day.”
Total membership at the end of 2014 was 1,667,767. That’s compared to 1,760,200 at the end of 2013 and 1,849,496 at the end of 2012.
“Membership declines continue, but on a whole the denomination is settling into the new thing God is creating,” says Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA. He insists the denomination is still “made up of vibrant congregations doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world.”
Some may argue that, but what can’t be argued is the declining membership. According to the report, the total number of churches in 2014 was 9,829, compared to 10,038 in 2013 and 10,262 in 2012.
Significant of the 209-church loss of 2014 was the fact that only 101 of those were dismissed to other denominations, a decrease from the 148 congregations dismissed to other denominations in 2013.
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