Urging Presbyterian Church USA to "repent and be restored to fellowship," the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) -- which represents 34,000 U.S. churches from 15 denominations -- has declared it has severed ties with PCUSA after it amended its constitution changing its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, the Christian Post website reports today (March 28, 2015).
"NBCI and its membership base are simply standing on the Word of God within the mind of Christ. We urge our brothers and sisters of the PCUSA to repent and be restored fellowship," NBCI President Rev. Anthony Evans said.
"PCUSA's manipulation represents a universal sin against the entire church and its members. With this action, PCUSA can no longer base its teachings on 2,000 years of Christian scripture and tradition, and call itself a Christian entity in the body of Christ. It has forsaken its right by this single wrong act," added the head of the coalition, which represents 15.7 million African-Americans.
Earlier this month, the PCUSA voted to change its official definition of marriage from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."