Three Proposals for Racial Reconciliation Overtures in the PCA

As the calendar turns and thoughts begin to turn to the general assembly, it is important that we think about this matter in a biblically principled manner.

We should avoid diverting the church from its spiritual mission by means of permanent committees for social justice.  Sean Lucas’ book clearly shows the peril to a Christian church of embracing a mission of social change or justice.  It was PCUS’s Permanent Committee on Social and Moral Welfare that played a significant role in leading... Continue Reading

Overture 1 Sent to the PCA’s 44th General Assembly: Steps Towards Racial Reconciliation

The 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America will meet in Mobile, Ala., June 20-24, 2016

Therefore be it resolved, that, before our Lord, the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America exhorts all its members, especially its officers, to examine themselves in the light of Scripture to determine if there be any unconfessed and unrepentant sins of partiality, favoritism, or prejudice among them (Gn. 1:26-27, Eph. 2:14-22, Jas.... Continue Reading

Lessons Learned From The Civil Rights Resolution At The 2015 PCA General Assembly

Five encouraging observations and lessons on how the PCA GA handled the Civil Rights Resolution

How then do we add feet to our repentance regarding the Civil Rights era, while maintaining this purely spiritual mission and authority?  That is what we will need to work out in the year to come in our sessions and presbyteries.  I might suggest that we begin by looking to the book of Philemon as... Continue Reading

Racial Reconciliation: Action of the 30th PCA General Assembly (2002)

In 2002, the 30th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America adopted a resolution on racial reconciliation that included a confession of past actions.

We therefore confess our involvement in these sins. As a people, both we and our fathers, have failed to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the laws God has commanded. We therefore publicly repent of our pride, our complacency, and our complicity. Furthermore, we seek the forgiveness of our brothers and sisters for the reticence... Continue Reading

PCA General Assembly Report 2015

May God keep the PCA true to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed Faith, and obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

As was true of the 42nd General Assembly, so is true of the 43rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, this Assembly won’t create headlines around the world or be noted in histories of the Presbyterian Church. In many ways, I am thankful for that. It was a good Assembly as the church... Continue Reading

Report on Racial Questions from the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (1966)

In 1966, the RPCES Synod adopted a Report on Racial Questions

God commands all men everywhere to repent of their sin, trusting in Jesus Christ, the only name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. The church is entrusted with the proclamation of this saving message to all nations, for God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come... Continue Reading

PCA Hotly Debates Delaying Formal Acknowledgement Of Racism And The End Is EPIC

The debate on the Personal Resolution On Civil Rights Remembrance at the PCA General Assembly

We went into a time of prayer. And prayed and prayed and prayed. And then we prayed some more. Men poured put their hearts God, praying for repentance and transformation – expressing sorrow and grief for the sufferings of our Black brothers and sisters and acknowledging our sin as a part of it. Men wept... Continue Reading

2015 PCA General Assembly Roundup

A brief overview of the PCA 43rd General Assembly held June 9-12, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

  The main issue in the debate on the personal resolution offered by TE Sean Lucas and TE Ligon Duncan III on racial reconciliation hinged on whether the PCA ought to repent now of its racial sins in a less-than-perfect manner, or wait a year and perfect the language and accuracy of the language (and... Continue Reading

PCA General Assembly Refers Resolution on Civil Rights Remembrance to the 44th GA

The Overtures Committee recommended unanimously to the General Assembly that the personal resolution be referred to the 44th General Assembly.

A personal resolution on civil rights was presented to the 43rd PCA General Assembly and referred to the Overtures Committee (OC). After a lengthy debate, the OC recommended unanimously to the General Assembly that the personal resolution be referred to the 44th General Assembly that will meet in Mobile, Ala., June 21-24, 2016. The recommendation... Continue Reading

PCA General Assembly Answers Six Overtures in the Negative

The Presbyterian Church America 43rd General Assembly is meeting in Chattanooga June 9-12, 2015

At its June 11 session, the 43rd PCA General Assembly considered recommendations from the Overtures Committee regarding overtures that had been sent to the GA. In what was considered unusual, all six overtures were answered in the negative. The Overtures Committee also presented reasons for each of its recommendations.   At its June 11 session,... Continue Reading