There is a break away group from the Presbyterian Church that has been picking off congregations unhappy with the Presbyterian mother church’s (Presbyterian Church of America) decision pastors can be homosexuals. For several months Christian sites have been anticipating a vote by the largest church yet to disassociate. It is the 3,000 member First Presbyterian Church of Houston, TX.
Last Sunday conventional wisdom was turned on its head, a vote to leave failed. A two third’s majority was required and the number fell short by 35 votes.
A majority of those voting certainly are mad about liberalizing the rules on homosexuality. But, even in the Bible Belt, there were not enough votes to pull off the protest exodus. Perhaps it is yet possible for dissenters to call for another vote.
Only about one half of the membership, 1600 out of 3,000 members, even bothered to vote. One could conclude almost half the membership was not interested enough in the church’s debabe to even participate. From what one reads the low participation in First Presbyterian-Houston is not unusual.
The dissident group in First Presbyterian-Houston which campaigned to leave Presbyterian Church of America claimed to know what the Bible says about homosexuality. If they really do know, the vote should have been a slam dunk.
The fact that it lost means either many people in that church a.) do not believe the Bible condemns homosexulaity or b.) don’t care if it does or does not or where the church affliliates.
The latter may be the most discouraging news conservative Christians have received.