A row over whether a gay minister should be appointed to a north-east church represents the biggest “crisis” facing the Church of Scotland in over 150 years, a minister warned last night.
The Rev Ian Watson of evangelical organisation Forward Together said the decision to instal Scott Rennie at Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen had horrified people across Scotland.
He claimed people would be driven away because it flew in the face of what they believed in.
Mr Watson said presbyteries across Scotland voted 36-9 not to bless civil partnerships in 2006 and argued that the 12 ministers in Aberdeen who are attempting to block the 36-year-old appointment represent the majority of members.
Mr Watson said Forward Together believes that homosexual practice is contrary to the bible’s teaching.
“Ministers take a vow to lead a holy and godly life which implies observing a biblical morality including sexual relationships,” he added.
“We believe in sex within marriage and abstinence outwith marriage whether you are gay or not.”
• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.