Wednesday in Edinburgh
Today was the debate on the reports from the theological forum and the legal questions committee on same -sex marriage and ordination.
The first sought to answer the question “Can you have a mixed economy re this issue?” ie, is there an interpretation of scripture in the present day which says this is OK, and can be placed alongside the traditional interpretation which says it isn’t? The answer was equivocal.
The second report centred on last year’s compromise motion which said that the church stood by scripture but would allow Kirk Sessions to do otherwise if they wished. This was set against a very sound and well-delivered counter -motion from Rev Jerry Middleton which clearly gave the Biblical position and the requirement of obedience. This counter motion was defeated 369 to 189. A defeat for the “traditionalists” but fortunately there was not a more liberal motion being put forward to fend off as well.
What does this mean? This means that the original motion from last year will now come down to individual presbyteries to debate and vote on by the end of the year before the answers can come back to next year’s GA for ratification.
What do we do in the Cof S? We continue to live and witness in the place where God has placed us. We pray with confidence for God’s will to be done and His kingdom to come and we rejoice in the good news of eternal life which we can offer to all who we meet and work with in church and elsewhere.