14 Questions for the PCC to consider

  1. How much time, energy and resources are being expended in an effort to convince one another that our prayerfully and thoughtfully considered and deeply held convictions regarding what the Bible says about the LGBTQ question are wrong?
  2. How much ministry is being neglected by the PCC as a whole, and by local congregations, as a direct result of the time, energy and resources being directed toward this debate?
  3. How much harm is being done to relationships between sisters and brothers in Christ because of the constant infighting over this issue?
  4. How is this ongoing debate affecting the functional unity within our denomination (as opposed to mere organizational and structural unity)?
  5. How is the ongoing need to compromise theologically on all resources prepared by the denomination (to accommodate such a wide and widening theological divide) impacting the quality of the finished products?
  6. Will these issues be resolved once and for all by a vote at this year’s General Assembly (potentially followed by a remit and a further vote at the 2018 meeting of the General Assembly)?
  7. What impact will it have on our denomination if, as is likely, the conflict drags on, even after General Assembly makes a “final” decision (such as the “final” decision that we made in 1994)?
  8. How likely is the prospect of a denominational split as a result of the vote, whether the issue is resolved this year or next year?
  9. What will an unplanned and uncontrolled division cost the denomination as a whole?
  10. What will an unplanned and uncontrolled division cost those local churches who may conclude, as a matter of conscience, that they have no choice but to leave the PCC as a result of whatever decision is made?
  11. What impact will it have on the communities they serve?
  12. Is there a better, more creative, more godly way to resolve our differences and, if necessary, part company? (It should be noted that the “local option” option will not satisfy everyone’s concerns. Neither side will be prepared to treat this as a minor difference of opinion for long.)
  13. What kind of a positive witness could we potentially generate by resolving our differences (including the need for a parting of the ways) in a truly peaceable and just manner—one that permits dissenting congregations and the denomination as a whole to continue their, and our ministries without skipping a beat?
  14. Given the likelihood that this debate will end in a division, why aren’t we addressing these practical concerns now?
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