Does the PCA Ordain Homosexuals? Well, “Yes, But” or “No, But”
The addition of Overture 15 is (1) appropriate (2) needed; (3) addresses an unavoidable issue; and (4) failing to approve it will perpetuate one problem and create another.
When asked, “Does the PCA ordain homosexuals?” we cannot say, “We can neither confirm nor deny that the PCA ordains homosexuals.” We must either say, “Yes, the PCA ordains homosexuals, but men must claim celibacy from homosexual conduct in order to ordained,” or we will say, “No, but there may be men who count that... Continue Reading
Reasons for PCA Presbyteries to Vote Against Amending BCO 15 Regarding Commissions
Item 3 (Overture 25) would amend BCO 15 to allow judicial commissions to conclude cases without presbyteries having to vote to approve or not approve commission recommendations.
In summary, these changes would make the PCA a less “grassroots Presbyterian” denomination. They would have the effect of making Presbyteries weaker—weaker in comparison to the General Assembly and weaker in relation to their own judicial commissions. They would concentrate power at “the top” of our denomination, and place important powers of presbytery into the... Continue Reading
On Sadness In the PCA: A Response to TE LeCroy’s ‘Sad Day’
We should not allow wrongdoers to depart imagining themselves as victims rather than perpetrators; the fact stands against the PCA that it failed to punish wrongdoing effectively.
The answer for the church is not to allow its property to be used to celebrate and encourage such a destructive social phenomenon but to persist in telling the truth that God has ordained a definite order for human life, and that all things which run counter to that ensnare people in destructive falsehood and... Continue Reading
Memorial Church Pastoral Staff Released From Missouri Presbytery At Their Request
The Presbytery voted to release Dr. Greg Johnson, Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor Keith Robinson, and Youth and Family Pastor Sam Dolby from the Presbyterian Church in America.
At a called meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, the PCA Missouri Presbytery voted to release the three ministerial staff members of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. The Presbytery voted to release Dr. Greg Johnson, Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor Keith Robinson, and Youth and Family Pastor Sam Dolby from the Presbyterian Church in... Continue Reading
Why I Changed My Mind on the Nashville Statement
Or another way to state it: Why I finally decided to publicly endorse the Nashville Statement.
There is a need for well-crafted and clear statements summarizing the Bible’s teaching about sexuality, gender, and what it means to be human. They are needful as means to catechize our children so that they may better resist the spirit of the age and avoid errors that will make shipwreck of their faith. But as... Continue Reading
A Sad Day in the PCA: Disagreement, Nuance, Or…
Disagreements are not surprising, and they are not un-Christian. No, they are not even un-Presbyterian.
I disagree with his assertions about Overture 15. I leave argument aside. I disagree that concerns expressed in terms of the reform of the church deserve to be greeted as malicious. I leave argument aside. I disagree that mendacity has been the substance of the controversy around Johnson, et. al. I leave argument aside. I... Continue Reading
An Update on the Voting of the PCA BCO Amendments: The Tale So Far
As of the end of November, 38 of the 88 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America have voted on the BCO amendments. Here are the vote tallies thus far.
As Fall fades into Winter about 38 presbyteries have given their advice and consent concerning some or all of the twelve Items sent down from the 49th General Assembly (2022) in Birmingham, AL. To change the Book of Church Order, an amendment is run through a three-part process. First, it must pass the General Assembly... Continue Reading
Memorial Presbyterian Church Votes to Leave PCA
At a congregational meeting on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, 92% of the congregation of Memorial Presbyterian Church of St. Louis voted to withdraw from the PCA.
The attacks cited by the Memorial session relate to criticism Memorial and Johnson have received since hosting the controversial 2018 Revoice conference; Revoice is an organization created to support Christians who experience same-sex attraction while upholding the historic Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality. At a congregational meeting on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, 92%... Continue Reading
2022 Proposals: The Case for Item 6 & Against Item 11
Item 6 deals with suspending someone’s rights before the completion of his judicial process. Item 11 deals with suspending someone’s rights after the completion of his judicial process in the lower court, but while the decision is under appeal.
Item 6 proposes a change that would better bring the rights of the various parties into balance by requiring a 2/3 vote to suspend the rights of someone who has been accused, but not yet found guilty. Item 11, on the other hand, would have the opposite effect. Requiring a 2/3 vote to suspend someone... Continue Reading
Where Is There Side B in the PCA?
Competing claims: The PCA has always been Side B vs. Side B isn’t happening in the PCA.
Throughout this time many in the PCA have publicly promoted Revoice while at the same time claiming that Side B does not exist within the denomination. They have said that rather than change our Constitution to address a non-existent issue that we should make use of the AIC Report on Human Sexuality because it gives... Continue Reading