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US Presbyterian Church Ordains First Gay Minister

| October 9, 2011

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership as its first openly gay ordained minister.

Anderson is the first openly gay person to be ordained to the ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest Presbyterian denomination. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal/Craig Schreiner)

In a quavering voice ripe with emotion, 56-year-old Scott Anderson on Saturday told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come.

“To the thousands of Presbyterians who have worked and prayed for almost 40 years for this day, I give thanks,” Anderson said. “And I give thanks for those who disagree with what we’re doing today yet who know that we are one in Jesus Christ.”

When he was presented to the crowd, audience members gave him a thunderous standing ovation and began roaring with cheers.

“That was very atypical of Presbyterians,” Doug Poland, an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, told the Wisconsin State Journal. “Usually our hands are in our laps.”

Anderson was closeted when he served as a minister in Sacramento, Calif., from 1983 until 1990. When a couple threatened to reveal his sexual orientation, he came out to his congregation and resigned because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) barred homosexuals from serving as ministers.

But things changed last year when the church’s national assembly voted to remove the ban, clearing the way for Anderson’s ordination.

Nancy Enderle, the interim executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, told The Associated Press the ordination was a glorious celebration that touched everyone, especially Anderson.

“He’s a very dignified and poised person but you could tell he was deeply moved,” she said.

Anderson currently serves as the executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches in Sun Prairie, which is near Madison, where he lives. His ordination means he’ll be ordained to the specific job he already has. The only change is that he’ll now be able to administer sacraments such as communion. He could also become a parish minister, a role he said he might consider in three or four years.

Anderson chose the Rev. Mark Achtemeier of Dubuque, Iowa, to deliver the sermon Saturday. Achtemeier used to be one of the most vocal opponents of gay ordination, but he announced a complete turnaround after friendships with gay Christians prompted him to re-evaluate scriptural teachings about homosexuality.

He told attendees Saturday he hopes Anderson’s ministry will bring “healing good news” to all those who have felt “ostracized and alienated” from the church, the State Journal reported.

Supporter Bob Lorenz told WISC-TV the ordination was long overdue for someone of Anderson’s talents.

“Ordaining him is just recognition of the gifts God already gave him,” he said. source – Yahoo News

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  1. Robin says:

    This is not a church of laodacia, this is the church of antichrist. Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail. matt 16:18
    Laodocia is not any better than this, but there is intrntionality behind this ordination of homosexuality, that Laodocia misses out on.
    Come Lord Jesus!

  2. The apostasy of the church is one of the 2 finnal signs of the end-times (2Th 2.3), the other one is the worldwide gospel announcement as a testimony to the whole world (mat 24.14) Both signs are by now already fulfilled. The rapture of the church has to happen very soon, then the antichrist will show up and the great tribulation will start.
    You better get ready today to meet The King Jesus very soon. How can i do this? Well, repent of your sin and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, tomorrow could be later and you will be in that terrible time of suffering as never before and never after will be.
    May God help you and bless you to be received as part of His family. I truly desire to see you in Heaven but, you need to take this faith step now.

  3. Denise says:

    May God forgive us — it is truly the Laodicean church times

  4. sdarden says:

    This is just one more Foolish and nasty plan satan has set up for his love everybody move…of course without Jesus and without the standards he upheld. This article is almost laughable but hey if you could support something or someone that openly goes against order and creation then your soul is lost and not anchored in the Lord. Just as the brother said earlier Repent and again I tell you Repent and be saved from your sins in Jesus name. There is not much time for even Louis Farrakhan is saying their messiah is come but not revealed yet. Everybody will get together against the true Israel…and show nuff not that Talmud held regime in israel right now…but their are many of the 12 tribes already there awaiting his return…they are told to run to the wilderness when the desolation occurs. Not the gov’t which is God forsaken…just like our government ran by those who say the love Jesus but the fruit say they love themselves and their millions of dollars.

  5. Repentance from the slavery of sin is what our Lord Jesus Christ desires for all His children, many professing Christians today presumed they are saved but continue to live in sin……1 Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ…..heaven is too pure that no amount of sin is allowed..Christians that will be caught up in the rapture are those who washed their robes with the blood of the lamb..Christians that will be left behind will have to undergo much bitter suffering for them to qualify entrance to heaven…….Just think of this one good example..a university student could not enter the campus entrance gate without his valid ID and uniform though he is a student of that school..same with our citizenship in heaven..our body soul and spirit must be without blame at the coming of Jesus Christ…wear the full armor of Christ to qualify….

  6. Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
    Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
    Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
    Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
    Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
    Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
    Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    May The Lord help us to understand what his Word is revealing to us.

    Be Blessed

  7. Wayde says:

    This churches national assembly should be ashamed, turn away from their wickedness, and repent.

    Scripture says,

    2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
    2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
    2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    and again

    Tit 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
    Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

    We see the times and the seasons are upon us.
    Brothers and Sister remember the Words of our Lord…

    Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
    Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
    Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

    Be Blessed

  8. Midwest Bob says:

    2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there
    come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    Are the people doing this sitting in the temple of God? Sure they are, doesn’t Eph 2:19-21 tell us the temple is the corporate body of believers?
    Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with
    the saints, and of the household of God;
    Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
    himself being the chief corner stone;
    Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

    Are they (the ones promoting gay ministers) exalting themselves above God? Are they shewing themselves that they are God? Sure they are, any time one knowingly goes against God’s word they are placing themselves above God by claiming to know better then God (Word was God John1:1). In effect they are shewing themselves to be God.

    Is there only one man of sin, the son of perdition? No, if there was it would have to be Judas the only other time in Scripture where the term son of perdition is used. The phrase man of God is used multiple times in scripture but that doesn’t prove there is only one man of God. By the same token we must recognize that just because the term man of sin is used in singular fashion does not mean that there can be only one man of sin.

    Look around you folks the man of sin has infiltrated the temple of God and been revealed. Fifty or a hundred years ago many found in today’s churches would have been expelled for the lives they lead. It’s the people who decided it was ok to be gay even though God’s word says it isn’t(Rom1:26-27). It’s the adulteress couple who live together even though he (or she) is married to another, despite the fact that God’s word says thou shalt not commit adultery. It’s the divorced man or woman who left their spouse without Scriptural justification then remarried (now living in adultery see Mat19:9 Mark10:12) It’s the fat cat businessman who claims he is a self made man that made his riches off the backs of the poor and downtrodden by using unfair, but legal business practices. And the list goes on and on. All of these are people who have allowed satan entrance into their lives and like Judas (who allowed Satan entry) they will be led to perdition if they don’t repent (which requires stopping the sin) and return to Lord’s fold. If they repent and return to the fold, welcome them as the father welcomed and rejoiced in the prodigal son’s return. The man of sin is alive and well sitting in the temple of God (body of believers) just as Paul said he would.

    A Christian isn’t perfect, Christians still fail and give into temptation. What separates the Christian from the man of sin is the Christians willingness to repent and turn from the sin. The man of sin on the other hand believes he or she knows better then God and as a result refuses to repent and turn from the sin.

  9. steve kovack says:

    this guy has been in the pig pen for far too long…..and no doubt bringing dissention to that church

  10. ah c says:

    If gay marriage is ok, why not make polygamy, incest, or pedophilia, OK?

    And all of aforementioned in the name of ‘LOVE’ will justify them all?

    Do the “ends” justify the “means” at any cost?

    Are gays really being honest with themselves and others in “coming out of the closet”? Why the need for gay “pride” in the first place decades ago?

    Perhaps someone can explain why they want to shame others for their hate or homophobia when they themselves needed to advertise and promote their own “pride” well before anyone knew about gay pride?

    ONE LAST POINT/QUESTION.
    Doesn’t the medical community recommend that you, “Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.”?

    Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it’s OK to “Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?” and that it’s possible to live a perfectly normal life.

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