Price of loyalty

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The Rev David Robertson is no doubt right in agreeing with the Rev T Graeme Longmuir that very few congregations will leave the Church of Scotland over the recent decision of the General Assembly regarding gay ministers (Letters, 6 June).

He is doubtless also ­correct, sadly, that issues to do with buildings and finance will deter many from the course of 
secession.

It is as well for us that historically congregations were prepared to pay whatever price was demanded out of loyalty to Christ and the Word of God.

The 19th-century Disruption that saw the Free Church of Scotland emerge out of a compromising Kirk would be a case in point, the established Church choosing to retain all properties and endowments.

However, in the years that followed, hundreds of new church buildings and manses were put up as God kept his promise to honour those who honoured him.

(Rev) Douglas Whyte

Sycamore Grove

Dunfermline, Fife

I fear that it is not I being disingenuous but rather David Robertson (Letters, 6 June).

It is true that the Kirk’s membership has been in a steady and lamentable decline since 1980 when in the previous decade we lost more than 200,278 members (1980-90: 167,000; 1990-2000: 179,000 and 2000-2010: 162,000).

However, it is unfair to put the blame at the doors of the present debate, which has not yet taken place in presbytery and Kirk sessions, under the Barrier Act.

He should not claim that it is only the evangelical wing of the Church which adheres to its 
biblical roots. The liberal wing does, too.

(Rev T Graeme
 Longmuir)

St Andrew’s Kirk

Inverurie