A Call for Action – It’s Time to Recapture the PCA

The PCA appears to be in stages of decline affecting its internal cohesion.

Before this small stream of churches leaving the PCA becomes more like a large river, I would like to put forth an alternative to my brothers and sisters in the PCA. For those who think the day is past, just consider that it may not be too late to recapture the PCA.  It is time... Continue Reading

Rocky Mountain Presbytery Overtures 47th PCA GA to ‘Expand Participation on PCA Permanent Committees’

The overture requests the 47th Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly to expand participation on permanent committees by allowing unordained men and women to serve on them.

The Rocky Mountain Presbytery approved an overture at its January 24, 2019 Stated Meeting, asking the 47th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America to expand participation on permanent committees of the PCA by amending certain provisions of the Book of Church Order (BCO). The overture is asking the General Assembly to amend the... Continue Reading

Is Revoice LGBT+ Thriving Through Cover Up In PCA / Missouri Presbytery?

The “Investigation” of Revoice in the PCA

In October of this year the session of Memorial Presbyterian Church “referenced” Missouri Presbytery (BCO 31.2 & 4.1-4), asking the presbytery to investigate and rule on allegations against them and their Pastor regarding their hosting of the Revoice Conference in July. In response to Memorial’s request, the Moderator established an investigative committee chaired by TE... Continue Reading

Reasons for PCA Presbyteries to Vote NO on Amending BCO 35-11

Justice and equity are important reasons for elders in church courts to recuse themselves as judges if they offer testimony in a trial.

The present wording of BCO 35-11 is clear: if a member of the court gives testimony on a case and there is an objection, that elder is automatically disqualified. This is as it should be. Why? Because even well-meaning elders have biases and should be automatically disqualified if any party makes an objection. This is... Continue Reading

Reasons for PCA Presbyteries to Vote NO on Amending BCO 25-11 (II)

There are no urgent, necessary, historical, structural, compelling or rational reasons to amend BCO 25-11; PCA Presbyteries should vote NO on this amendment.

Over the PCA’s 47 year history, hundreds of churches have chosen to withdraw from the PCA for a variety of reasons. BCO 25.8-11 makes it abundantly clear that the PCA, from its inception, chose to enshrine in its Constitution the principle of granting congregations full rights over their own property and the liberty to choose... Continue Reading

The Presbyterian Church in America: Non-hierarchal Presbyterianism

As presbyteries are considering the amendment to BCO 25-11, here is an important overview of the non-hierarchal nature of the PCA’s brand of Presbyterian polity.

Within Presbyterianism there have been, and still are, two perspectives; an hierarchal, top-down view and a non-hierarchal, bottom-up view.  These two different perspectives were evident at the Westminster Assembly…. over the years the larger Presbyterian Church (now called the Presbyterian Church, USA) underwent a metamorphosis from a democratic type of Presbyterianism into an hierarchal Presbyterianism….... Continue Reading

Calvary Presbytery Overtures the 47th PCA GA to “Declare the ‘Nashville Statement’ on Biblical Sexuality as a Biblically Faithful Declaration”

Overture 4 asks the PCA GA to “Declare the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood’s ‘Nashville Statement’ on Biblical Sexuality as a Biblically Faithful Declaration.”

“The Nashville Statement” clearly reiterates the truth of foundational passages of Scripture and our confessional understanding of marriage, gender, and sexual ethics. It affirms God’s good purpose in ordaining the binary nature of gender while bestowing His image on mankind (Gen. 1:27), His design for marriage between one biological man and one biological woman (Gen.... Continue Reading

Central Carolina Presbytery Votes to Form a Study Committee to Explore Implications Arising From the Revoice Conference

The PCA’s Central Carolina Presbytery approved creating a study committee to look into and recommend actions in light of the Revoice Conference held in St. Louis in July 2018.

WHEREAS, taking these various troubling and problematic views held by those in key positions of leadership for the conference into account, these unbiblical viewpoints and teachings also then appeared to make their way into many of the breakout sessions as well, which had titles such as “Redeeming Queer Culture: An Adventure,” “Journey To Embrace: A... Continue Reading

Why “The Historic Polity of the PCA” Contends Against Approving the BCO 25-11 Amendment

The proposed amendment to BCO 25-11 should not be approved in light of the history of BCO 25. At the very least the amendment is attached to the wrong provision.

The Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America are voting on a proposed amendment to BCO 25-11. This is amendment should not be approved in light of the history and unique circumstances of BCO 25. In their book, “The Historic Polity of the PCA,” Robert C. Cannada and W. Jack Williamson review and explain the... Continue Reading

Northwest Georgia Presbytery Overtures 47th PCA GA to Release Covenant Seminary from PCA Oversight

Northwest Georgia Presbytery approves an overture asking the 47th PCA General Assembly to approve a plan for releasing Covenant Seminary from the oversight of the Presbyterian Church in America.

The Northwest Georgia Presbytery approved an overture at its August 10, 2018 Stated Meeting, asking the 47th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America to approve a plan for releasing Covenant Theological Seminary from the oversight and any accompanying restrictions of the Presbyterian Church in America; with a generous financial subsidy provided by encouraging... Continue Reading