Presbyterian Church Fights for Its $6M Property in Legal Battle With PCUSA After Split Over Homosexuality

Bonhomme Presbyterian Church of Chesterfield, Mo., decided to disaffiliate from its PCUSA is facing a legal battle to keep its property, estimated to be worth over $6 million

Last October, the congregation of Bonhomme voted 722 to 71 in favor of disaffiliating from PCUSA, following a discernment process that lasted over two years. Since leaving the largest Presbyterian denomination, however, Bonhomme has been the subject of legal action over its church property.

 

A Missouri church that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the mainline Protestant denomination’s stance on homosexuality is facing a legal battle to keep its property, which is estimated to be worth over $6 million.

Bonhomme Presbyterian Church of Chesterfield decided to disaffiliate from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, last October.

Tom Pfizenmaier, senior pastor of Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, told The Christian Post that the decision was made due to “longstanding theological differences with the denomination.”

“The denominational drift away from our biblical, confessional and reformed understanding of Christ’s person and work, coupled with the PCUSA’s eroding commitment to the inspired authority of Scripture, were the primary reasons for our decision,” Pfizenmaier said.

“We see these issues manifested in the moral confusion and compromise the church is making in its teaching on such issues as marriage and the sanctity of life.”

Last October, the congregation of Bonhomme voted 722 to 71 in favor of disaffiliating from PCUSA, following a discernment process that lasted over two years.

Since leaving the largest Presbyterian denomination, however, Bonhomme has been the subject of legal action over its church property.

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