He is now the subject of an online campaign to remove him.
The petition reads:
We urge the Assembly to support the position of those who stood to defend Christian orthodoxy in Aberdeen Presbytery, and ensure instead that the Church will apply and assert in practice its clear doctrinal position on all matters of marriage and human sexuality, by refusing to condone homosexual practice in general, and among its leaders in particular.
I was tempted to provide quotes from Scott Rennie about his long and complicated journey in dealing with his sexuality, and his heartfelt agony over it, but for me, that is not the point. For me, the point is that this is another example of a heavy handed attempt to impose top-down governance. It makes me angry that others consider it their duty to tell a local community what they should do.
I feel, however, that I have to add that it is incomprehensible to me that someone with a vocation for the Church should be hounded like this. It places the Church in a position of judgement and actually, arch nastiness. I have no problem with them having an opinion, or even telling me that homosexuality is a sin. I just do not think it sits well with the intent of their founder:
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17)
As a Christian, I believe that each of us will give an account of ourselves before God, on the Day of Judgement. Until then, let he who is without sin cast the first stone, or fuck off.