On Wednesday afternoon the Overtures committee reconvened to discuss its recommendation on Overture 23. The Committee voted again to answer Overture 23 in the affirmative, but with new amended language to BCO Chapter 16. In light of the updated language, the minority report was withdrawn. The Overtures Committee will present its report this afternoon or tonight.
Here is the amended language:
“16-4 Officers in the Presbyterian Church in America must be above reproach in their walk and Christlike in their character. Those who profess an identity (such as, but not limited to, “gay Christian,” “same sex attracted Christian,” “homosexual Christian,” or like terms) that undermines or contradicts their identity as new creations in Christ, either by denying the sinfulness of fallen desires (such as, but not limited to, same sex attraction), or by denying the reality and hope of progressive sanctification, or by failing to pursue Spirit-empowered victory over their sinful temptations, inclinations, and actions are not qualified for ordained office.”