Reasons to Vote in Favor of Amendments to the PCA’s BCO 16-4, BCO 20-4 and BCO 24-1
These BCO amendments add specific wording because of current issues in the culture that require clearer definitions of qualities like “above approach,” “a good reputation,” and “respected.”
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) pastors Dominic Aquila and Fred Greco sat down in early September 2021 to discuss overtures 23 & 37 which are related to the Revoice/SSA officer controversies. They explained the background to them, answered questions posed about them, and clarified why these amendments should be passed. Watch the video here. ... Continue Reading
The PCA GA’s Recommendation to Adopt a Revised BCO 32-20 is Wise
Reasons for presbyteries to vote in favor of amending BCO 32-20.
The question of whether an indictment should be brought for an offense committed in the distant past, is, and should be, a matter of judgment and discretion for the original court — regardless of whether the offense was personal or general, private or public (BCO 29). Granted, the court might decide that commencing process for... Continue Reading
The PCA Should Seek a Better Revision: Reasons to Vote Against Amending BCO 32-20
Maintaining the statute of limitations for judicial process in BCO 32-20 benefits the Church in fulfilling the interests of justice. Presbyteries should vote NO on this proposed amendment.
The proposed amendment does not so much revise BCO 32-20 as it removes one provision and substitutes it with another. It removes the requirement binding the church to act in a timely manner to uphold the honor of Christ in cases of scandal. In its place, it leaves the question of what constitutes a timely... Continue Reading
A Summer of Courage and Cowardice in the Evangelical Heartland
As the dust settles from the annual meetings of two major evangelical denominations, the contrast between the PCA and Southern Baptist Convention could hardly be more stark.
Seen in the context of the 2,000-year history of the church, the PCA’s deliberations were hardly revolutionary. But in 2021 cultural revolutionary America, the language commissioners proposed be added to the PCA’s Book of Church Order ring with Christian bravery before a hostile world: “Those who profess an identity (such as, but not limited to,... Continue Reading
BCO Amendments Related to Homosexuality Now Before PCA Presbyteries
Proposed amendments to BCO 16, 21 and 24, dealing with homosexuality, have been sent to the PCA’s 88 presbyteries, two-thirds of which must approve to enact them.
Greco is quick to point out that the proposal applies only to prospective officers, not to all church members. “Officers in the church are to be models of godliness and Christ-likeness,” he says. Though imperfect, “they are not to be identified with their sin.” He believes that the three criteria referred to above “make clear... Continue Reading
A Meeting for Concerned Presbyterians
The Meeting for Concerned PCA Ruling and Teaching Elders is planned for September 25, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m., in Greenville, S.C.
All PCA Teaching and Ruling elders are warmly invited to attend the meeting of concerned Presbyterians. While the Gospel Reformation Network (GRN) meetings, events, and communications continue to be public and transparent, due to space limitations we must restrict the meeting to PCA TE’s & RE’s only. The Meeting for Concerned PCA Ruling and Teaching... Continue Reading
Why I Plan to Vote Against BCO Homosexual Changes
The proposed changes will amend the BCO to allow men in the PCA who identify as homosexuals Christians to hold church office as elders and deacons.
The proposed amendments give clear constitutional authority for Side B Christians (gay but celibate) to be office holders in the PCA. The present BCO without these changes does not give this position any constitutional status…My Presbytery (Westminster) has stated clearly in a statement on “Conflict Resolution” that Side B Christians are not eligible to hold... Continue Reading
Dr. Irwyn Ince, Jr., Appointed new Mission to North America Coordinator Pro Tempore
Dr. Ince will begin serving September 1, 2021, pending full approval of his call as MNA Coordinator, to be recommended to the 49th General Assembly in 2022.
The Committee of Mission to North America has elected Teaching Elder Irwyn Ince as the MNA Coordinator Pro Tempore. Dr. Ince will begin serving September 1, 2021, pending full approval of his call as MNA Coordinator, to be recommended to the 49th General Assembly in 2022. The PCA Permanent Committee of Mission to North... Continue Reading
Actions of the Forty-Eighth General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in America 2021
A summary of the reports and actions of the 2021 PCA General Assembly from the Stated Clerk.
Dr. Bryan Chapell was elected by the 48th General Assembly as the fourth Stated Clerk of the PCA, having served as Stated Clerk Pro Tempore during the hiatus caused by the postponement of the 48th General Assembly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TE Chapell follows Dr. L. Roy Taylor, who retired as Stated Clerk of... Continue Reading
The Definitive Meaning of Overture 23 Approved by the PCA GA
The meaning of Overture 23 as a helpful guide to PCA presbyters as they vote on the proposed amendment to Book of Church Order 16-4.
“Officers in the Presbyterian Church in America must be above reproach in their walk and Christlike in their character. Those who profess an identity (such as, but not limited to, “gay Christian,” “same sex attracted Christian,” “homosexual Christian,” or like terms) that undermines or contradicts their identity as new creations in Christ, either by denying... Continue Reading