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Skye minister to leave Church of Scotland

Last Sunday, Rev. Ivor Macdonald, the parish minister at Staffin Church of Scotland has written to his congregation to indicate that he is leaving the denomination because of the latter's 'path leading further and further away from the Lordship of Christ through His Word.'

Staffin Church of Scotland
StaffinLast Sunday a parish minister in Skye added his name to the list of those who have indicated to the denomination that they no longer wish to be part of the Church of Scotland.

In a letter to his congregation last Sunday, Rev. Ivor MacDonald who has been the minister at Staffin since 2000 said that he is leaving the national church over the Kirk’s revisionist stance regarding human sexuality and same-sex relationships.
He stated that ‘despite significant evangelical ministries over the last 50 years, the institution has rejected the evangelical position that the Word of God in Scripture is the supreme rule of faith and life.’

In resigning his position ‘with great sadness’ the minister who was ordained into the Church of Scotland in 1993 regards the decision of the Kirk’s General Assembly last May as having ‘gone further in adopting a “trajectory” that is contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture. It has set the denomination on a path leading further and further away from the Lordship of Christ through His Word.’

In a further comment relating to his having taken ‘full part in denominational struggles’ to maintain a Biblical position he has ‘decided that it is more profitable to devote my energies exclusively to preaching Christ and building His church rather than continue in a war that is not winnable.’

In his letter the minister concludes: ‘This parting is extremely painful for me and my family. I love my island, its people and culture deeply and it has been a wonderful privilege to be minister here. I thank you for that privilege and pray that however God leads us we shall continue to love and cherish one another.’

Others leaving

Staffin mapAs there is no mechanism for a congregation Church of Scotland to quit the denomination, it is likely that a significant number of elders and members will leave as individuals as a result of this and other demissions; indeed a signficant number already have withdrawn their allegiance.

Rev. MacDonald’s departure follows that of his fellow minister Rev. John Macdonald, the parish minister at Lochalsh. Immediately following the May General Assembly, Rev. Roddy MacRae the parish minister at Glenelg, also stated publicly that he intended to leave the denomination. These three men have served as part of Lochcarron/Skye Presbytery.

In a separate but similar reaction Rev. Peter Dixon and the bulk of his congregation are leaving the Church and moving out of the Hilton High Church building in Aberdeen. It was Aberdeen Presbytery which sanctioned the induction of an openly-homosexual minister in 2009, and in so doing brought the whole issue into sharp and painful focus.

Other departures are being planned and the situation outlines the widely-held belief that the Church of Scotland has set itself on a determined course which is in direct opposition to the Word of God.

Footnote: The full text of Rev. Macdonald's letter can be obtained here.

Christians Together, 04/10/2011

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Guest to Guest (Guest) 21/11/2012 17:54
I forgive you for jumping the gun
Editor 21/11/2012 18:59
Guests, this is all getting a bit confusing. If you must post anonymously please use a psuedonym. Having said that anyone who wishes to post regularly really needs to either register with the site or identify themselves to me at least.

At a guess (but that's all I can do) the Romans passage referred to is as follows:

Romans 1:27-32 (NKJV)
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Perhaps I should add to that the following (as there are always those who will seek to distort the plain meaning of Scripture): 2 Peter 3:14-18

gay man (Guest) 22/11/2012 00:26
Have my posts beeen removed ???
Editor 22/11/2012 09:33
Yes. But perhaps I should explain that registered site members can also 'report' posts (effectively removing them for moderation).

You had asked if the reference to the 2Peter verse was aimed at you; and it is much better to be in touch directly if your questions are personal. Otherwise I have no way of answering except in the public domain.

The verses I quoted are the Word of God to mankind. It is teh choice of men and women everywhere (including you my friend) to believe that or not. But if you believe they are the Word of God, then the further choice is whether or not to live in accordance with the Bible's teaching.

The reason that I quoted the 2Peter verses is that there have been - and continue to be - numerous attempts using exegitical gymnastics to skirt around verses which some regard as unpalatable. This is what Satan said to Eve in the garden: 'Did God really say?'. And it has been going on every since. (Not I hasten to add exclusively on the subject of homosexuality.)

But as to whether verses (from God's Word) are 'aimed at you' the answer - for all of us, you included - has got to be 'Yes': but they are to us from God and not from me.
gman (Guest) 22/11/2012 11:07
I will respect your point of view
but I though this was a forum ?
You also removed other guest post (the one about going to pub etc)
I see myself before God as a born again Christian ,
I am only being honest .
But is it worth it if I just get told I am damed
gman (Guest) 22/11/2012 13:40
When I first came across this site I thought at last a non bias site
However its proven to be any thing but
Hiding behind mans views
Just like a lot of churches the minister/pastor r is looked upon as a God, and if you dare to differ you get shot down
One thing I am honest look to God for direction
Well done (Guest) 23/11/2012 03:07
Is there no post added because this guy is right
Well done gman
Editor 23/11/2012 10:09
"When I first came across this site I thought at last a non bias site "

Sorry to disappoint you. The site is totally committed to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Son Jesus Christ; believing the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and the ultimate authority in doctrine and practice.
gman (Guest) 23/11/2012 10:47
good start glad we agree on something
gman (Guest) 23/11/2012 11:15
All be it rather patronising
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