Brazil, Peru end partnerships with Presbyterian Church (USA) over gay marriage

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Brazilian pastor Nehemias Marien gestures during an interview with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, on October 2, 2001. Marien said he could be expelled from Brazil's Presbyterian church by the end of the month for blessing
gay couples and maintaining links to spiritualists. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
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Brazilian pastor Nehemias Marien gestures during an interview with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, on October 2, 2001. Marien said he could be expelled from Brazil's Presbyterian church by the end of the month for blessing gay couples and maintaining links to spiritualists. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Sergio Moraes *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PCUSA-BREAK, originally transmitted on Sept. 23, 2015.

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(RNS) The loss of the South American partnerships comes on top of the 50 U.S. congregations that formally split from the 1.8 million-member denomination since it allowed ministers to celebrate same-sex marriages.

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  • ben in oakland

    So it is not Brazil and Peru ending a partnership with PCUSA, but presbyterian churches in those countries ending their affiliation with the PC-USA.

    not just a little bit misleading, doncha think? And quelle surprise. Anti-gay religious people refusing to associate with people who are not antigay. Because one more itme, the only thing that defines anti-gay Christianity is being antigay.

  • Tom Downs

    Renee, I bet if you looked you would find the Institute for Democracy and Religion’s finger prints all over this. Of course they don’t care what happens in South America, all they want to do is weaken anyway they can the Mainline Churches.

  • The lines are being drawn over who will be faithful to the Lord and who will go along with whatever the world proposes. God’s faithful will NEVER compromise with such a blatant attack on marriage. If you think this is ok then you need to repent. Turn to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and turn away from sin and rebellion. Receive His gift of eternal life and know His peace and love and truth, which will indeed set you free from such lies. Abide in Him through His Word and by the power of His Holy Spirit. God Bless

  • Ted Finlayson-Schueler

    Not compromising is exactly what the US presbyterians did. Hopefully, in time, the South American churches will also come to understand what it means to be faithful to Christ’s call to love God and neighbor. In the meantime we can pray for them and for the harm they do in the name of the Prince of Peace.

  • larry

    Well thats if you value acting maliciously and discrimination over basic human principles, morality and decency. I guess if you think that is an important part of your religious faith, then I can see why there would be schisms within sects.

  • Re: “If you think this is ok then you need to repent.”

    If you think you have a right to control other people’s lives, you need to grow up.

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  • Garson Abuita

    “We don’t track why churches leave the denomination, but only a third of them leave due to LGBT issues.” I guess some fractions are more equal than others? #yourdailyorwell
    Parsons is a great name for a church official though. I would, however, like to ask his colleague when did the US become not part of the “colonial world”?

  • ben in oakland

    Here’s your chance. I’ve been waiting for an explanation for this simple question forever. I have yet to hear a cogent answer.

    “God’s faithful will NEVER compromise with such a blatant attack on marriage.”

    Explain how my marriage attacks yours, affects yours, influences yours. Be sure to include an exact chai n of causality from MY marriage to any marriage you wish to name.