By John Barrette, The Nevada Appeal
The decision to join “ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians” comes in the aftermath of the PCUSA easing its outlook on gay clergy and marriage, though the Rev. Bruce Kochsmeier, the Carson City congregation’s senior pastor, said the imminent prospect for change has nothing to do with homophobia.
“We don’t take our direction from culture,” he said, instead putting trust in scripture and preferring a position that “supports Biblical authority.” He said his members will still be Presbyterians and likened the change, if it’s approved as he anticipates, to be positive. He views it as setting his church up for a sound future.
The minister said the Presbytery of Nevada already has approved the leave taking, which he termed a release, and he likened the change to a family situation in which one part decides to “move into a room in the house that is very tenable and stable.” He said changes in the larger PCUSA, with which his church has been affiliated in the past, came at the most recent two-year national gathering.