By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post.
A small congregation in New York has voted unanimously to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) following the mainline denomination’s recent vote to approve gay marriage.
Brighton Presbyterian Church, a 200-year-old congregation in Rochester, voted Sunday to seek dismissal from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.
The vote to disaffiliate came not long after a majority of presbyteries in PCUSA approved an amendment to their Book of Order defining marriage to include same-sex couples.
Kerry E. Luddy, spokeswoman for Brighton Presbyterian and wife of the head pastor, told The Christian Post that the decision to leave “is not a sudden decision.”
“We have been prayerfully considering this for about two years, and officially began the discernment process in mid-2014,” said Luddy.
“Our reason for leaving is centered on the status of biblical interpretation within the PCUSA. We believe that Scripture’s meaning and intent should not be altered to fit a current culture.”