The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a 5-4 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The Office of the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has received numerous inquiries regarding the position of the PCA on this issue. The PCA, like other evangelical, conservative, orthodox, and traditional Christians from many denominations, believes that from creation God ordained the marriage covenant to be a bond only between one man and one woman. That understanding is what the Church has always believed, taught, and confessed. It is based upon the teachings of the Holy Scriptures and is clearly stated in the doctrinal standards of the PCA.

Over the last 2,000 years, changing cultures and secular legal perspectives have differed on significant occasions from that of Christians and the Church because the Church bases her ethical and moral positions on timeless truths divinely revealed in the Bible. The Ancient and Undivided Church disagreed with abortion and infanticide, practices that were acceptable in Roman culture and legal under Roman law. In 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortion. Though abortion became legal, we cannot regard it to be moral. Though same-sex marriage is now legal, the PCA, like many others, does not regard it to be in keeping with God’s intentions for marriage. We hope that the recent Supreme Court ruling does not become the occasion for limiting the religious and free-speech rights of believers and churches who, like others for thousands of years, sincerely believe in traditional marriage.

7 Responses to Statement on Same-sex Marriage

  1. Chris Hutchinson says:

    Thank you, Dr. Taylor. Well and succinctly said.

  2. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Dr. Taylor,

    Well said.

    May God have mercy on us.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson

  3. Alisa Knapp says:

    Straight-forward, well said and most importantly true. Every word. May God be glorified even as we are ever aware of the challenges before us. Fight the good fight.

  4. Danny Morgan says:

    I Thank, Praise, and Give Glory to God for the for the sound scriptural teachings of PCA. With the help of the Holy Spirit may we hold true to these teachings until Christ’s return or He takes us home.

  5. David Parlier says:

    Sometimes I wonder why there are often very strong winds blowing from the heavens, usually east to west, and then I remember “Ah yes, it is God shaking His head at us.” And now we also know why the thunder sometimes sounds like “Ohhhhh Nooooooo.” Is this a proper use of creation? We should affirm with a resounding YES! especially in light of the creation currently groaning and travailing in pain, waiting until the redemption of the sons of God. What’s that we hear from St Paul, Amen? Yes, Amen!

    Come Quickly Lord Jesus – we can’t wait!

  6. Emmett Taylor says:

    A great statement. Our God who created man and women intended for them to be in union with one another.

  7. John Jackson says:

    Thank you, Roy. You have put this simply, distinctly and truly, as you have always done!
    John R Jackson