Declaration of the Standing CommitteeThe Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina June 15, 2012
1. As the Standing Committee of the sovereign Protestant Episcopal Church in theDiocese of South Carolina, we view with dismay and great sadness what appears to bethe inevitable outcome of the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, that is,the official approval of a rite for the blessing of same-gender unions. This is a definingmoment in the life of the Episcopal Church, being the first formal adoption of doctrine,discipline and worship which are contrary to the unequivocal mandate of HolyScripture, the historic Christian faith, Anglican doctrine, and the pronouncements of thefour instruments of Anglican unity. Furthermore, the adoption of such a rite at GeneralConvention contravenes the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and theBook of Common Prayer, and in so doing reveals the bankruptcy of our own polity andinstitutional integrity.2. Of greatest concern is not that a blessing of same-gender unions contravenes specificverses of Scripture, though that is unacceptable – of greatest concern is the theologywhich underlies this rite, set forth in the 82 page
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document, whichpatently redefines the Christian faith, subverting the doctrines of creation and baptism,the nature of sin and salvation, and the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.3. We have compassion for those who struggle with and act upon same-genderattraction, and we urge equal treatment for all men and women in the church. OurLord calls us all, equally, to repent of sin that we might receive forgiveness andcleansing through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, restoration to the Body of Christ,and transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit.