Actions of the 46th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America

A report of the 46th PCA General Assembly held June 13-15 in Atlanta from the Stated Clerk.

As the 2017 Assembly was historic in electing RE Dr. Alexander Jun as the first Korean-American Moderator of the General Assembly, the 2018 Assembly was historic in unanimously electing Rev. Dr. Irwin Ince as the first African-American Moderator…. Dr. Ince moderated the 2018 General Assembly with the efficiency of an engineer, the wisdom of a... Continue Reading

United Reformed Churches of North America to Reformed Churches of the Netherlands: Farewell

The URCNA voted to end fraternal relations [“ecumenical contact”] with the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands over the RCN’s decision to ordain women to all church offices.

The Dutch media reported that the RCN had examined its first woman at a classis for preaching consent.  Gerry Bos was examined by Classis Hattem and is now able to preach in the churches.  Even before Synod Meppel, however, one RCN church had already allowed a woman to take the pulpit as part of her... Continue Reading

No Solus Christus for the PCUSA!

“Christ alone” is no longer a part of the “gospel message” of the PCUSA; universalism is now the center.

Reading this prayer carefully, one discovers that faith in Jesus Christ is just one of many diverse faiths on earth, all of which are good. God’s gift of grace is not linked uniquely to the work of Christ opening up salvation for all the world, but rather only one way of coming to God. Apparently... Continue Reading

Reflections from Inside the Overtures Committee at the 46th PCA General Assembly

Or, how the proposed amendment to BCO 59, the Marriage Chapter, at the PCA GA was finally drafted and approved.

The PCA General Assembly voted to propose that BCO 59-3 be given constitutional authority and amended it to read: “Marriage is only to be between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24-25; Matt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 7:2), in accordance with the Word of God. Therefore ministers in the Presbyterian Church in America who solemnize marriages... Continue Reading

Presbyterian Church USA Poised to Condemn Islam, Muhammad and the Qur’an….

The PC sounding overture, Item 07-01, would mandate that the PCUSA would have to condemn Islam as a religion and its “holy book”, the Qur’an

After leaning long and hard toward a gospel-denying universalism, the PCUSA seems poised now to condemn the religious teachings of a rival faith. To be fair, it has to be said that this unintended exclusivistic drift is not being nourished by a true belief in the gospel but by a mindless pursuit of “progressive justice,”... Continue Reading

The Westminster Society and the EPC General Assembly

The Westminster Society is a relatively new networking group within the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

The Society aims to provide annual networking lunch opportunities at our General Assemblies for our members and visitors to gather around productive, in-depth theological conversations. More importantly, we hope to deepen friendships and foster professional collegiality among our ministers and ruling elders. Additionally, we seek to advocate for a strong view of the implementation and... Continue Reading

Without ‘Gravity,’ We Will Be Carried About by Every Wind of Doctrine

Reasons to Defeat Overtures 11, 15 and 27 at the 46th PCA General Assembly

Overtures 11, 15, and 27 recommend that the term “grave” be replaced by “dignified,” citing the fact that the Greek word that is translated as “grave” in the KJV is translated as “dignified” in the ESV.  While “dignified” is a fine word, it conveys a different sense than “grave.”  To be dignified is to carry... Continue Reading

Mere Presbyterianism

A call to Mere Presbyterianism is not an appeal for confessional or theological reductionism. On the contrary, it’s an earnest plea for confessional integrity.

Without getting into the weeds of the strict vs. good faith subscription debate, I simply want to encourage my fellow PCA teaching and ruling elders to prioritize in our churches that which our Reformed Confession prioritizes, especially as it concerns the Gospel, worship, confessionalism, piety, and missions. To be clear, this call to Mere Presbyterianism... Continue Reading

Full Homosexual Inclusion in the PCA?

The Origin, Objective and Deception of the Revoice Conference

But the problem we have today is that the ‘gay-Christian’ community refuses to acknowledge such desires are sinful. In fact, they profess that to expect individuals with homosexual desires to repent of them would be a destructive burden to them, tantamount to denying who they were created to be. Hence, these individuals have no problem... Continue Reading

The Ruling Elder/Teaching Elder Disparity in the PCA

In 1973, 179 teaching elders and 208 ruling elders attended the first PCA General Assembly; by 2017, 1151 teaching elders and 310 ruling elders attended the 45th GA.

The growth in this disparity in the PCA has been steady. For assemblies in the 1970s the percentage of ruling elders attending averaged 44%. In the 1980s the percentage fell dramatically to 33%, but held fairly steady in the 1990s at 32%. The first decade of the 21st century saw a decline to 29%. The... Continue Reading