Female “Pastor” Cleared From Any Wrong-Doing

While I was at my parent’s house this past week, I read that Janet Edwards, a “pastor” in a Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh was cleared from any wrong-doing for performing a homosexual “marriage” between two women.

The Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission ruled that Miss Edwards was innocent of wrong-doing because the state of Pennsylvania and the church does not recognize homosexual unions as true “marriages.”  The news article also revealed that the Commission found that no Scripture was violated by Miss Edward’s action.

Isn’t it amazing how far religion in America has degeneraged?  I’m not surprised at the action of this so-called “Pastor,” nor am I surprised by the findings of the Commission.  What I am surprised at is the fact that the Bible is even given “honorable mention.”  I’m surprised that they would even feel the need to pretend to consult the Bible in rendering their verdict.

The Commission said they knew of no Scripture that was violated by Miss Edward’s officiating over a wedding in which both parties were women.  Well, if I may be so presumptious, allow me to help…

  • “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination”  (Leviticus 18:22).
  • “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act…” (Leviticus 20:13).
  • “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper” (Romans 1:26-28).
  • “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God”  (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Can anyone successfully deny that we live in times when people have itching ears, and prefer “fables” over the truth of God’s word (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

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  • Well, the pastor performed a ceremony for two women. Leviticus 18:22 refers to lying with a man, which they are not doing. Leviticus 20:13 refers specifically to acts of men, which they are not. And the Corinthians verse, which is a problematic translation at best, even in the most generous interpretation is using “homosexual” to refer to men with men. (Indeed, the verse becomes most curious if viewed as speaking of women; are women not to be “effeminate”?)

    This is not to say that there isn’t support in scripture for standing against this pastor’s actions, but applying the cited Leviticus and Corinthians verses would require presuming that God speaks of men and women not only equally, but interchangably – and that would require a strongly liberal feminist reinterpretation of the Bible.

  • I found time today to catch up on you blog. Really enjoyed your insight.

  • Hi Nat,
    Thanks for your comments. However, I must say that I disagree with your objections. If I understand you correctly, it is your position that the passages I mentioned did not address the issue of lesbian conduct because the passages condemned male homosexual conduct.

    Well, I have two comments about your objection:

    First, there are countless passages that condone or condemn certain actions which employ masculine pronouns, but do not exclude the female gender. “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Is salvation just for males? Or would you say that this passage, though written with a masculine pronoun, applies equally to females?

    The fact that homosexual conduct is condemned among the male gender does not suggest that it is approved among the female gender.

    And second, I find it interesting that you conspicuously ignored the passage I quoted that explicitly addressed lesbian behavior. Romans 1:26-27 condemns both male and female homosexual conduct.

    The passages I quoted in my article condemn both male and female homosexual behavior.

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