The Scotsman ran an editorial in support of the Church of Scotland decision to permit ministers in gay relationships. This was hardly surprising coming from a liberal non-Christian newspaper. They did so on the basis that the ministry should be open to every category! They printed my obvious response today –
While I am sure the Church of Scotland appreciates the support of your editorial (22 May) it is, in fact, still the case that the Church does and should restrict being a minister to “only some categories of people”.
Not everyone has the right to become a minister. It should be self-evident that someone who is called to be a “minister of word and sacrament” should be someone who actually believes the word (the Bible) they are supposed to be teaching.
And therein lies the nub of the issue. The concern is not with homosexuality but whether the Church is to be governed by the word of God, or the passing fashions of the age. The old adage remains true –she who marries the spirit of the age will be a widow in the next.
David A Robertson
St Peter’s Free Church
St Peter Street