The Rev Andrew Coghill, whose church is in the Outer Hebrides,
said the move will destroy the church.
Revd Coghill, who has served for nearly 20 years, told his
congregation: "The Cross is not simply to be preached, it is to be
He added: "I do not expect, encourage or require that any of you
should follow me out of the Church of Scotland, for I have nowhere
to lead you, and I do not know the direction of my own future.
"I know only that whilst many good, godly and devout Christian
men and women will continue within the fold of the Church of
Scotland, I personally cannot continue to serve, and receive the
stipend, of a Church which as an institution, has chosen its own
gods, and departed from the
God of the Bible, whatever words may be used to contrary."
He will leave his post at the end of August.