The PCA’s Version of Executive Orders

Formed just 9 years ago, an emboldened CMC has rapidly started to resemble the old PCUSA’s General Assembly Council.

In any event, let it be known that the CMC is on record pace to replicate other mainline wrecking balls. Are we so sure that we are really morally superior to those past Presbyterians who now pathetically limp along? Short of such conceit, we should disprove the usurpation by acting promptly to correct or defeat... Continue Reading

Thornwell ‘Responds’ to Concerns About Overture 14 at the PCA General Assembly

Thornwell summarized the flaw in arguing for an analogy between civil courts and spiritual courts and provided a necessary correction to those in his time as well as our own.

Quoted below is an extract from a journal article in which Thornwell discussed the revisions proposed to the Book of Discipline.  In this section, Thornwell addressed critics of the “demand and receive” language.  Not only did Thornwell make clear that the committee added the language to bring clarity to existing principle but he also expressed... Continue Reading

Didn’t We Just Do This? Recent PCA Proposals to Ordain Women to Church Office – Part 3

“The question of the role of women in the Church is not a new or unstudied issue….the proposed study committee is unlikely to break new ground or shed new insights” (37th GA, 2009).

One of the contentions of the CMC is that the PCA has a history of passivity and even resistance to discussing the role of women in the church. However, a review of recent history will attest to the fact that the PCA does not have a history of passivity in discussing the role of women... Continue Reading

Didn’t We Just Do This? Recent PCA Proposals to Ordain Women to Church Office – Part 2

“The question of the role of women in the Church is not a new or unstudied issue….the proposed study committee is unlikely to break new ground or shed new insights” (37th GA, 2009).

One of the contentions of the CMC is that the PCA has a history of passivity and even resistance to discussing the role of women in the church. However, a review of recent history will attest to the fact that the PCA does not have a history of passivity in discussing the role of women... Continue Reading

Does Polity Trump Theology on the PCA Standing Judicial Commission? Part Two

A continuing assessment of the PCA Standing Judicial Commission's decision in Case 2012-5, Hedman vs. Pacific Northwest Presbytery.

The fact of the matter is that any doctrine that is not upheld is worthless. It becomes a doctrine that we are not willing to practice and, therefore, a doctrine that we do not really believe. That is where the PCA is at this time in her history. By these judicial decisions that elevate church... Continue Reading

Didn’t We Just Do This? Recent PCA Proposals to Ordain Women to Church Office – Part 1

“The question of the role of women in the Church is not a new or unstudied issue….the proposed study committee is unlikely to break new ground or shed new insights” (37th GA, 2009).

One of the contentions of the CMC is that the PCA has a history of passivity and even resistance to discussing the role of women in the church. However, a review of recent history will attest to the fact that the PCA does not have a history of passivity in discussing the role of women... Continue Reading

PCA General Assembly Should Not Approve CMC’s Recommendation to Form A Study Committee on Women Serving in Ministry

The PCA Cooperative Ministries Committee’s recommendation to form a study committee on the issue of women serving in the ministry of the church should be rejected.

Moreover, what is being overlooked by the CMC and AC in this recommendation is that the “biblical basis, theology, history, nature, and authority of ordination,” “the biblical nature and function of the office of deacon,” and “the ordination or commissioning of deacons/deaconesses” have already been studied, explored and settled. Not only has this happened through... Continue Reading

The PCA and the Right Against Self-Incrimination: Against Overture 14 at the PCA General Assembly

Overture 14 seeks to change BCO 35-1 to read that "church officers under accusation with regards to doctrinal views shall be required to testify before the court."

At the 2015 General Assembly in Chattanooga, the PCA rejected an overture to require an accused officer to testify against himself. Doctrinal charges must be proved by public materials and sermons, rather than aggressive prosecution. At the GA in Mobile, however, Providence Presbytery has raised this same issue again through Overture 14, which seeks to... Continue Reading

Confessing Sin One Church Officer at a Time

A call for PCA members to confess their sin of racism by the book — that is, by the Book of Church Order.

I would like for this year’s PCA Assembly to answer all the related overtures [on the sin of racism] by sending them back to the courts from which they originated to be dealt with according to our rules of discipline. Fully a third of our BCO is devoted to how our courts should deal with... Continue Reading

Overtures Take Different Approaches on Race

These overtures will be considered by the Overtures Committee

“The overture also calls the PCA to lament the decades it took to address the issue and its failure to preach and embody the full truth of Scripture on race-related matters. It calls on church courts to include questions about how the Gospel addresses issues of race and integration in the examination of candidates for... Continue Reading