In an attempt to clarify its stance on human sexuality, the Presbyterian Church USA has appeared to muddy the waters even more.
The denomination felt the need to respond to the beliefs on biblical sexuality laid out in "The Nashville Statement" by a coalition of conservative evangelical leaders – which says, in part: "We did not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be."
The PCUSA's Office of Theology & Worship made this statement in response: "One way to put it is that, as a denomination, we have become agnostic around issues of homosexuality."
OneNewsNow sought reaction from Carmen Fowler LaBerge, president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee.
"For the church to suggest that she could be agnostic about anything or agnostic in general is a pretty devastating revelation of her failure to know God and how God has revealed Himself," she states.
What else cannot be known, wonders the host of The Reconnect, a daily Christian talk-radio program.
"If God's design for human relationships, if God's design for marriage, cannot be known, how can anything else be known?" she asks. "How can we be certain of anything that God has said if these things that God has said are uncertain?"
LaBerge argues that the denomination has revealed a lot about itself in response to The Nashville Statement. "The PCUSA has arrived at the point where she's publicly acknowledging that she does not know who she is or why she exists," she concludes.
The PCUSA did not respond by press time to questions about its response to The Nashville Statement.
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