Dr. Walter L. Taylor, pastor at Oak Island PresbyterianChurch, North Carolina, wrote a comment on the Covenant Network of Presbyterians site concerning their article, “A Man and a Woman”: A Look at the Presbyterian Confessions in Context.” That is the article I wrote about in, “A Man and a Woman”: are the words important to the Confessions.” Taylor’s comment was:“So, since you are saying that the man-woman basis of marriage is no longer required, what about number? You have not addressed that, which it seems to me is directly connected to the man-woman union. So, are you advocating polygamy now, because you have just destroyed any basis not to? This is sophistry that is blasphemy as well.”
Rather than allow Taylor’s comment to be posted Rev. Brian Ellison, Executive Director of the Covenant Network, sent him this message:
“Mr. Taylor,We received your comment in response to "A Confessional Affirmation on Christian Marriage" by Dr. Kenneth Cuthbertson. I'm writing to explain why we will not be posting it.
For one thing, we strive to post only thoughtful, well-reasoned comments, that are appropriate responses to the article posted. While Rev. Cuthbertson's original post addresses gender and marriage, you do not. You do not explain how supporting marital rights for two people who love each other regardless of gender has anything to do with polygamy. (This, of course, is because it has nothing to do with polygamy.)
Second, we do not post remarks that are offensive. Connecting LGBTQ persons' making of covenantal, loving commitments to one another with the practice of polygamy is, as you are surely aware, patently offensive to many of your sisters and brothers in Christ. While invoking this fear-filled idea is all too common when these serious issues are being debated, and while the Old Testament may bless and even instruct polygamy in many cases, legal or ecclesiastical recognition of polygamous marriages has not been suggested by any LGBTQ advocates I know. We wish to save you from the public embarrassment of causing offense to your sisters and brothers in this manner as a result of your comments being posted at our website.Thirdly, and finally, we ordinarily do not publish comments that have already been posted on another website. I noted that you have already posted your comments on the blog known as "Naming His Grace"; the audience they receive there will have to be sufficient.
I hope this is helpful as you consider submitting other comments to our website in the future. We would be glad to include your voice when appropriate.Blessings,
The Rev. Brian D. Ellison, Executive Director
Covenant Network of Presbyterians
3210 Michigan Ave., Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64109
Taylor has responded to Ellison’s e-mail with this:Mr. Ellison,
I posted my remarks on Naming His Grace because I anticipated the response that you provided me. For all the talk that folks on your side of these issues make, I have not experienced you all as gracious or open to serious dialogue. What I have found is a grab for power. I have found it intriguing how folks like yourself scream for all voices to be included, and yet then in the name of that same inclusion exclude orthodox Christians. You have met my expectations. It has shown many of us what the PC(USA) will become at the hands of people like the leadership of the Covenant Network, a tight, narrow, leftwing denomination, committed more to the sexual revolution than to anything resembling the Reformed faith.
As for the issue you refuse to address, there is a profound connection between marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and the number of people involved in a marital union. The fact that marriage is for two people is directly connected to the fact that marriage is the union of one man plus one woman, hence, 1+1=2. To redefine the former is to undermine the second. To advocate the redefinition of marriage, and yet still cling to the age-old requirement of limiting it to two people is nothing but an arbitrary use of power on your part.Furthermore, your comment polygamous marriage has not been suggested by any LGBTQ advocates you know is laughable. In many places, those who are advocating same-sex marriage are also crossing the frontier of advocating polyamorous relationships, even within the so-called mainline Protestant world. That you will not face up to this strikes me as downright dishonest.
Finally, I honestly think that you are afraid to publish my remarks because you know that I have a point that you simply do not want to deal with.