First Gay Presbyterian Minister Ordained – What Would Calvin Say?
According to the Washington Times article above: “A Wisconsin man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister.
“In a quavering voice ripe with emotion, the Rev. Scott Anderson told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come.”
What would John Calvin, the founder of the Presbyterian Church, have to say about this development?
As it happens, we don’t have to guess. In Calvin’s commentary on Romans 1:26-27, he calls homosexual acts, “the dreadful crime of unnatural lust,” and of those who practice them he said, “they reversed the whole order of nature.” In Calvin’s commentary on 1 Corinthians 6:9, he refers to homosexual acts as, “that monstrous pollution which was but too prevalent in Greece.”
It seems extremely doubtful that Calvin would approve of the ordination of a practicing homosexual.