PC(USA) marriage study available for download

Link to PDF below

June 11, 2013


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s six-week study guide on Christian marriage is available for electronic download here.

The study was referred to the Office of Theology and Worship by the 220th General Assembly (2012). At that Assembly, commissioners voted against changing the PC(USA)’s definition of marriage as “a civil contract between a woman and a man.” Instead, they called for two years of “serious study and discernment” regarding Christian marriage.

The Office of Theology and Worship was directed to prepare and distribute educational resources to all presbyteries and congregations. Presbyteries are instructed to report their responses to the Office of the General Assembly three months before the 221st Assembly, which begins June 14, 2014.

The link to the study: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/media/uploads/theologyandworship/pdfs/christianmarriagestudy.pdf

  1. Wow, now we have a God who destroys a whole civilization for lack of hospitality! How skewed and distorted! If you want to be blind and suppress the truth, you can twist the word of God anyway you like it.

    by James Lee

    February 21, 2014

  2. I'm sorry this is hard for everyone, but I had to put myself in their shoes. My views changed after research & getting to know the group under scrutiny. I found that the historical, cultural & contextual references in scripture need examined. Many read it as plain text & that has brought them harm, unlike the rest of us. For instance, I learned what my preacher taught about Sodom being destroyed because of homosexuality was skewed; it was actually about lack of hospitality & Ezekiel indicates it was arrogance & unconcern for the poor & needy. All manner of sex was involved in pagan worship back then, & dominance/slave/sexual exploitation was more what it was about in Bible times. And if Sodom were about sexual orientation as we know it, Lot wouldn't have offered his daughters to the mob. I've heard gay Christian believers agreeing about the need to turn from sin to Christ, but sexual orientation is not something that changes - no more then we can change our left or right handedness. I see that their relationships are suitable companionships of life support for them, not just about sex, just as heterosexual relationships aren't. I as a straight Christian have expected them to live in closets, or stay celibate (lonely) not being real & genuine (a form of mask wearing, of forcing conformity). One of the first to receive the gospel was an Ethiopian eunuch (a black gay man) & Jesus mentioned some eunuchs "born that way." Videos by Dr Cynthia Chappell at link on the Biology & Science of sexual orientation offered about that: http://www.pflaghouston.org/vidindex.html But Jesus never preached against them, nor is it in the 10 Commandments. The bigger concern I have are the homeless gay youth disowned by religious parents & the LGBT people that the church has driven out & guilted into committing suicide. If any group has been persecuted it is those who were not born heterosexual & I regret being part of that in my church history.

    by Kay

    December 29, 2013

  3. I will look at the study, but the question is: why was the catholic church so wrong for so long? Or if things have changed, who are the prophets of God who are preaching this change? Remember, Luther, Calvin, and Knox inspired reform BACK to the original church communion with God. I would like to meet these prophets and know that I am in the presence of God. The church doctrine on homosexuality does not preclude having grace and love for those who are homosexual; those two positions do not preclude each other. I think PCUSA is confusing the two with this question.

    by Mark W.

    December 19, 2013

  4. It disheartens me to see so much ignorance quoted here. Yes, the bible is our holy book, but it is the word of God written down by MAN, who is flawed. Educate yourselves people, our population is dwindling because of you ignorant holy rollers! Genesis 19:5 has nothing to do with sex, but establishing dominance. And what the men request, referenced in Timothy 1:10, is "strange" because the angels are not human! By any logical standard, that would be bestiality, not homosexuality! Leviticus 18:22 (and 20:13) speak of Pagan acts of worship committed in the temple of Molech. And "abomination" is a fit definition for a Jewish priest. Do we normal folk have to handle the sacred Torah? No! The church is at a crossroads, yes, but not one that should ever have been an issue! Homosexuality wasn't even mentioned in the bible until the RSV was published in 1946! Why is this an issue now, when it wasn't for so long? Educate yourselves!

    by Jeremy

    December 16, 2013

  5. I am disappointed to read many comments focused on the written definition of marriage. Actual practice is of first importance. Do heterosexual Christians honor marriage? I hear only the sound of silence from our church with respect to sexual practices outside of marriage. What are the best practices as a Christian navigates through early adulthood toward (we hope) marriage? Secular sociologists point out the decline of marriage as an institution. Our church is silent. We heterosexuals need to seek, understand, and engage in good sexual practices.

    by Jay Pence

    December 2, 2013

  6. This issue is so heart rendering and has made me leave my church and I am still searching for a church that teaches the biblical teachings I grew up with. I do not and will not bend to the world's teachings and if it means that I have to forfeit fellowship by not attending church and watching from my television at home then that's what I will have to do. I will miss the fellowship of the times in the past where believers believed the bible and not what was forced on them by individuals for "change". "Change is good only when it dictates what God has put on the hearts of all His people and confirmation through His word.

    by Maggie

    November 4, 2013

  7. Please we should not be decieved, God is not mocked. Gal. 6: 7. Why on earth should a denomination waiste two years to study something that is clearly stipulated in the scriptures without ambiguity. "For this course should a man leave his family and be married to his wife....". I can predict the end of this study-- it is okay to have same sex marriages. Who is fooling who. Reminds me of Prophet Balaam in Numbers 22. After God had told him his will, he succumbed to the temptation when he saw Balak's messengers and their booties. He went back to ask God again if he wanted him to go and God let him but later sent an angel to kiil him. To inquire about things that are very obviously defined in scripotures amounts to nothning but pretrense , tempting God and a trifling of the divine laws.

    by Aluu

    October 30, 2013

  8. Never in my 64 years had I ever considered leaving the Presbyterian church--until now----Come on folks--it does not take a study---READ the BIBLE

    by Jerry Stigall

    October 30, 2013

  9. Obviously, this is an emotive issue. I am not Presbyterian, but I am a Christian who recently began studying this topic for myself when I realized many of my beliefs were based on tradition rather than Scripture. I appreciate the humility and honesty PCUSA is showing by undertaking an in-depth study on a topic that affects the lives of so many believers and their families.

    by Korrine

    October 15, 2013

  10. How sad . . . watching the Presbyterian Church I grew up in kowtow to relativistic progressivism. As many have said here already . . . why on earth does it take a two-year study to learn what the Old Testament AND the New Testament both explain quite plainly about marriage? No wonder my parents' church voted to leave the Presbytery because apparently this is about filling pews and collecting dollars by telling congregants that unrepentant sin is perfectly acceptable and is a nice lifestyle alternative. Crazy thing is, denominational churches like PCUSA are still dying . . . while the evangelical churches that hold to biblical fundamentals are growing.

    by Chuck N.

    October 12, 2013

  11. Why on thie green earth that God made, do we have to have a two year study on the definition of marriage when it clearly states in the Bible that marriage is between a man and a woman?

    by Linda Willingham-White

    October 5, 2013

  12. The fact that we realize we are human and we are not perfect therefore we need time to learn and discover all we know is exactly what is RIGHT with the PCUSA.

    by Renee

    August 18, 2013

  13. I am a proud member of the PCUSA. We don't shy away from the tough issues and do our best to do what we think God would want.

    by Ken Smith

    August 15, 2013

  14. Why would anyone have to study for two years, the Bible says it all.marriage is for male and female

    by Donna

    July 18, 2013

  15. The links worked and I am going to adapt it for a couple preparing for marriage. To Bob and other critics, we and others have produced many wonderful studies, pre-marriage packets we have used for many decades.

    by John Conley

    July 17, 2013

  16. I have tried every possible link on this page to access this study (the PCUSA 6-wk study guide on Christian marriage), but when I click on the links nothing happens. Has this been disabled or is there another way to access these materials?

    by Karen Gregg

    July 10, 2013

  17. The fact that you have to study this for two years to come up with a definition of marriage in indicative of what's wrong with the thinking in the PCUSA!!!

    by Bob Jessen

    June 26, 2013