The Lasting Benefits of OPC Overture 2 – Part 1: The Overture Itself
Observations on Overture 2 that was before the 88th OPC General Assembly.
Good Presbyterianism should be caring because the sheep are cared for with Christ’s love. Authority with a servant’s heart, as we know, may be used to care and shepherd the people of God for their good; on the other hand, authority can be sinfully wielded and twisted, thus inflicting damage on the sheep. Introduction... Continue Reading
Protecting Christian Liberty In The PCA
At the 2022 PCA General Assembly, the majority agreed that separating from the National Association of Evangelicals was the way to better protect the consciences of its officers and members.
Over the last ten years, PCA members made several overtures designed to initiate the withdrawal of the PCA from the NAE. Each time these overtures were voted down. In this case, although it was clear that many within the denomination’s administration favored maintaining membership in the NAE … the vote from the floor was not... Continue Reading
Deliberating by the Book
A historicist approach to constitutional interpretation is flawed; rather the PCA should follow a strict textualist approach, using historical and extrinsic evidence only where the text of the BCO or RAO is ambiguous.
If our documents do not accurately reflect the way we want to conduct the business of Christ’s church, then we should amend them to conform to our desired practice. If the text as written and adopted does not accomplish that which we know to be the original intent of the Assembly, then we need to... Continue Reading
Stepping Up to Overture 29
PCA passed Overture 29 with over 90% of the Assembly voting. Overture 29 – improved in the middle and last sections of the proposed amendment.
This year’s Overture 29 seeks to prompt questions in the examination, instruction, and discipline of officers and candidates for office. As theological debate about how best to apply the doctrine of sanctification to modern sexuality has arisen in the Church, one approach emphasizes the issue of language and self-identification. This is the attraction of this... Continue Reading
Overture 15 – The Tipping Point for a Split in the PCA?
What happens in the PCA if Overture 15 is not approved by 2/3 of the Presbyteries?
The following is the wording of Overture 15 approved by the General Assembly: “Men who describe themselves as homosexual, even those who describe themselves as homosexual and claim to practice celibacy by refraining from homosexual conduct, are disqualified from holding office in the Presbyterian Church in America.” The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is... Continue Reading
Exploring Overture 15 from the PCA General Assembly
Considering Overture 15 in light of the Westminster Standards, the PCA’s own AIC Report of Human Sexuality, and Overture 29 itself.
This issue has caused disunity, confusion, and chaos in the PCA for far too long. If we desire that this particular sword should depart our house, then we will acknowledge that Overture 29 needs Overture 15 to be effective and pass both through our presbyteries. The two overtures go hand-in-hand. The one works through the... Continue Reading
What To Do About Greg Johnson?
Over the past 4 years, Greg Johnson and his allies have attacked disagreeing brothers in the PCA and the greater Church of Christ with accusations of homophobia and hard-heartedness.
As an ordained PCA minister, his participation in Revoice and his determination to embrace a gay lifestyle and culture has given comfort and aid to one of the great modern movements attacking the church and orthodoxy. Furthermore, he has continued to write, speak, and make money off his self-ascribed role as a gay martyr trying... Continue Reading
A Review of SJC Case 2021-13, Dudt v. Northwest Georgia Presbytery
This is the heart of the issue: The church has a process by which minority opinions can be voiced without them becoming causes for disturbing the peace of the church.
We all know that process can be manipulated. The Pharisees were masters of external conformity combined with internal corruption. Somehow the work of the SJC must take into account the destruction that can be wrought in the life of a church by a determined minority circularizing the congregation with defamatory information while misusing and manipulating... Continue Reading
2022 General Assembly Update: Good Things Are Happening In The PCA
The 2022 General Assembly was held in Birmingham, AL, from June 20-23, the birthplace of the PCA.
BCO 16-4 as amended would read: “ Officers in the Presbyterian Church in America must be above reproach in their walk and Christlike in their character. While office bearers will see spiritual perfection only in glory, they will continue in this life to confess and to mortify remaining sins in light of God’s work of... Continue Reading
Dr. Palmer Robertson’s Speech at the 2022 GA Supporting the Adoption of Overture 15
The PCA GA approved sending Overture 15 to the Presbyteries for their ratification.
Overture 15 from Westminster Presbytery asked the PCA General Assembly to amend BCO 7-4 by adding the following sentence: “Men who describe themselves as homosexual, even those who describe themselves as homosexual and claim to practice celibacy by refraining from homosexual conduct, are disqualified from holding office in the Presbyterian Church in America.” The GA... Continue Reading