Fellowship Presbytery Overtures 47th PCA GA to Commend and Distribute the RPCNA’s ‘Contemporary Perspectives on Sexual Orientation’

Overture 11 from Fellowship Presbytery requests the 47th Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly “Commend and Distribute the RPCNA’s ‘Contemporary Perspectives on Sexual Orientation: A Theological and Pastoral Analysis’”

Fellowship Presbytery approved an overture at its January 26, 2019 Stated Meeting, asking the 47th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America to “Commend and Distribute the [Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America] RPCNA’s ‘Contemporary Perspectives on Sexual Orientation: A Theological and Pastoral Analysis.’” An overture is a means by which a Presbytery can... Continue Reading

Westminster Presbytery Overtures 47th PCA GA to Approve “Affirmations and Denials Regarding Homosexuality”

Overture 28 from Westminster Presbytery requests the 47th Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly to approve the proposed “Affirmations and Denials regarding Homosexuality.”

Westminster Presbytery approved an overture at its March 9, 2019 Stated Meeting, asking the 47th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America to approve “Affirmations and Denials regarding Homosexuality.” The overture is asking the General Assembly to approve 12 articles that clarify and affirm the Bible’s teaching about homosexuality and gender. An overture is... Continue Reading

Metro New York Presbytery Overtures 47th PCA GA To Allow Women to Be Ordained As Deacons

The overture requests the 47th Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly to amend the Book of Church Order to allow sessions to decide whether to ordain women as deacons.

The Metropolitan New York Presbytery (MNY) approved an overture at its March 13, 2019 Stated Meeting, asking the 47th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America to amend Book of Church Order (BCO) 7-2, 9-3, 17-3, chapter 24, and add a chapter 25 in order to allow local sessions to decide whether women can... Continue Reading

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