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
Racism and the 2022 OPC General Assembly
Many reports have been made about the allegations of racism and the Assembly’s subsequent statements which were published online.
The game should be familiar by now, but evidently it isn’t. So let’s review the rules. There are no rules. This is how the game is played. An allegation is made. It does not have to be credible; the alleged offense simply has to be egregious. Social virtue requires the allegation be accepted at face... Continue Reading
Presbyterian Church in America Votes to Leave National Association of Evangelicals
Commissioners for the Presbyterian Church in America approved a motion to leave the National Association of Evangelicals on Wednesday (June 22) at the PCA’s General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama.
Commissioners speaking in support of leaving the National Association of Evangelicals said they were not sure what benefit the denomination received from its membership in the organization. They argued the denomination did not need the association to speak for its members when the General Assembly is the voice of the denomination. (RNS)—Commissioners for the... Continue Reading
What Happened at the RPCNA Synod 2022?
The 190th annual synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) met on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, June 20-23, 2022.
Much of this year’s time dealt with complaints…The complaints dealt primarily with two categories this year. The first category had to do with responses to Covid regulations and freedoms. The second set of complaints dealt with the Synod Judicial Commission (SJC) that was set up to investigate the pastoral response to a sexual abuse case... Continue Reading
Report on the 49th PCA General Assembly
The PCA General Assembly, meeting in Birmingham, Ala., from June 20-23, 2022, had the largest registration of any previous GA with over 2300 commissioners.
Overtures 15 & 29: Strengthening Character Requirements for Ordination. The Assembly voted by a wide margin to amend BCO Chapter 16 to clarifying that officers, “…must affirm the sinfulness of fallen desires, the reality and hope of progressive sanctification, and be committed to the pursuit of Spirit-empowered victory over their sinful temptations, inclinations, and actions”... Continue Reading
Some Early Reactions to the 49th PCA General Assembly
Is the need for energized holiness being replaced by quiet piety? Is therapeutic theology, under the guise of love, replacing the gracious teaching of the Law of God?
Even though the PCA consists of men who love the Lord and love our standards, it is greatly divided. The future still looks dim, but light continues to shine in the most unusual places at the most inopportune times. I attribute this to fervent prayer. Never discount the providence of God to change things. My... Continue Reading