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They got out of one frying pan and jumped right into another!
… I am sorry to announce that on Friday, December 13, 2019, the Session of Providence PCA in Fayetteville voted to recommend to the congregation that we withdraw from the PCA and affiliate with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP).
AQUILA REPORT — 1. The toleration of Side B Gay Christianity, to include the hosting of the Revoice conference at a PCA church, the continued organizing and participation in Revoice conferences by members of the PCA, the presence of PCA pastors who have very publicly declared themselves to be “gay but celibate,” and the presence of other Side B gay-Christian candidates at the PCA’s seminary.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of my joining the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). While I was converted outside of the PCA, largely through radio ministries, it was in the PCA that I was introduced to Reformed theology, and it was in the PCA that I was mentored by very patient and very learned men. It was with the blessing of the PCA that I went to seminary, became a Ruling Elder and was eventually ordained first as a church planter, and then as the permanent pastor of that same church.
My children were born into this denomination, and baptized in it, and have never been a part of any other denomination. I have attended almost every General Assembly since 1997 and was honored to have served in Central Carolina Presbytery on both the Candidates Committee and as the moderator. At one time, I could say that almost all of my friends in the pastorate were in the PCA, and many still are.
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So with all of that in mind, I hope you will believe me when I say I am sorry to announce that on Friday, December 13, 2019, the Session of Providence PCA in Fayetteville voted to recommend to the congregation that we withdraw from the PCA and affiliate with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP). The final congregational vote will be on January 19, 2020. It is, of course, possible that the congregation will choose not to leave, but I think that is highly unlikely. I may have more to say more about my reasons for leaving the PCA at a later date, but the most pressing 12 reasons for going now are as follows:
1) The toleration of Side B Gay Christianity, to include the hosting of the Revoice conference at a PCA church, the continued organizing and participation in Revoice conferences by members of the PCA, the presence of PCA pastors who have very publicly declared themselves to be “gay but celibate,” and the presence of other Side B gay-Christian candidates at the PCA’s seminary.
2) The continuing presence of openly Federal Vision (FV) pastors within the PCA despite that theology having been condemned as erroneous by the GA.
3) The fact that the presbyteries of the men I mentioned above approve of this belief and practice, and because “Good Faith” subscription allows presbyteries to determine what beliefs and practices they will allow within their bounds by a majority vote, there is precious little that can be done about it. The Standing Judicial Commission (SJC) treats any decision made by a presbytery using the proper procedure as practically inviolable. I warned that this would be the bad fruit of a decision to adopt “Good Faith” subscription at the GA in 2003. At the time I said:
“Brothers, we are about to make a decision we have arrived at as quickly as we possibly could, without the erection of a study committee or even the benefit of perfecting language. Once we have made it, I fear we will never be able to take it back. Once we pass this, our presbyteries will be empowered to grant exceptions to any doctrine we confess is taught in Scripture by a simple 51% vote. Once those exceptions are granted, precedent is set, and that doctrine will never again be an impediment to the ordination of any man. Gradually, but inevitably, our standards will be eroded.”
I believe that what I feared would happen then, is in fact occurring now.
4) The realization that regardless of its conclusions, the in thesi deliverance of the Study Committee on Sexuality will have exactly the same effect as the deliverance of the FV study committee and cannot change the practice of any presbytery or pastor in the PCA
5) The conviction that Pastor Greg Johnson’s initial post-GA Twitter assessment is correct and that ‘the younger pastors entering the PCA (particularly from our denominational seminary) are much more inclined to tolerate the presence of same-sex attracted (SSA) officers and members in the PCA than the older generation;’ and that therefore Johnson is correct in his assessment that in time those forces will win what he described as the “war” in the PCA.
6) The growing presence of an aggressive and organized “semi-confidential” progressive party in the PCA with deep ties to our permanent committees.
7) The determination by the administration as voiced in their “Strategic Plan” that they do not share the same ethos as the other North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC) denominations and do not see any reason to be in the same body with them, along with the realization that I and my congregation DO share that “NAPARC ethos” and wish to continue on in the same direction that the other NAPARC denominations are heading.
8) The administration’s distaste for NAPARC, and their unwillingness to hear the admonitions of other NAPARC denominations is made all the more alarming by their preference for and support of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), an increasingly left-of-center political lobbying organization with hardly any Reformed churches in its membership.
9) The growing presence of the Social Gospel, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Intersectionality, and Social Justice Warrior (SJW) preaching and teaching in the PCA and in particular in its seminary, college, and permanent committees to include electing a moderator who teaches and writes about CRT for a living.
10) The conviction that not only would the process of reforming the PCA be almost impossible, but that the forces in favor of reform are unwilling to go to the lengths that would be needed, to include removing committee heads, firing professors, mobilizing the people in the pews, withholding askings, and abandoning a policy of “niceness” in their debates and writing. At a time when we need Luthers, it seems that all we have are Bucers. Read More
This can be very confusing when referring to the Presbyterian church. There are spin offs of the main church that was founded by John Calvin.
Listen to what the Core beliefs of Presbyterian’s are.
The Presbyterian Church of America, or PCA
Got Questions – The Presbyterian Church of America, or PCA, is a mainline denomination in the Reformed, Calvinistic tradition. The Presbyterian Church of America is one of the conservative denominations within Presbyterianism. Their headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, and the denomination has over 1,450 churches and missions in the U.S. and Canada.
The Presbyterian Church of America was organized in December 1973 when a group of conservative Presbyterians broke away from the Presbyterian Church in the United States (Southern). At issue was the theological liberalism of the larger group—specifically, a denial of the deity of Jesus Christ and the inerrancy of the Bible. At that time, the new denomination was known as the National Presbyterian Church, but they changed the name in 1974 to the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In 1982, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, joined the Presbyterian Church in America. Since its founding, the Presbyterian Church of America has sought to be “faithful to the Scriptures, true to the reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission” (“A Brief History of the Presbyterian Church in America,” http://www.pcanet.org/history/, accessed 9/13/16).
The Presbyterian Church of America is guided by the Bible, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Book of Church Order. The church constitution is “subject to and subordinate to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the inerrant Word of God” (“What We Believe,” http://www.pcanet.org/beliefs/, accessed 9/13/16). The Book of Church Order includes bylaws that detail the form of church government and other areas of church organization.
Like other Presbyterian churches, the Presbyterian Church of America practices a representative form of church government: members elect presbyters (elders) who form regional presbyteries and participate in a General Assembly.
The Presbyterian Church of America is an example of committed Christians practicing ecclesiastical separation. When their parent denomination drifted into theological liberalism and persisted in its denial of biblical truth, faithful believers left and formed their own denomination. In so doing, they retained their connection to historic Presbyterianism, honored Reformed theology, contended for the faith (Jude 1:3), and preserved their good conscience. Sometimes God’s people must “come out from them and be separate” (2nd Corinthians 6:17), and that is what the Presbyterian Church of America has done.
So they leave the PCA, and join up with the ARP or Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. So what did the Reformed Church do?
Well, maybe they are adhering to this:
Perhaps they need to ditch John Calvin and get back to the basics like believing what the Bible says, the True Gospel of Jesus Christ!
If you go to the store to buy Meat, don't run to the Milk section or the Junk Food aisle looking for it!!
The Meat Section is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Milk Section is likened to those who will not preach on sin and Hell, just a feel good message, the Social gospel.
The Junk Food Isle is the outright false doctrine AKA the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it, the Hebraic Roots movement and other false teachings!!
Feasting on just Milk and Junk will eventually cause you great harm, you can count on it!!
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