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
The PCA Conflict Over The Moral Law
God’s moral order is foundational for every part of the Church’s ministry.
Ultimately, our conflict is about accepting, holding to, and defending the Moral Law of God, or “The declaration of the will of God to mankind” (Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 93). When others seek to change or diminish God’s law, we must stand firm in upholding and safeguarding it. There was a sweet, but momentary,... Continue Reading
48th PCA General Assembly—Selected Acts & Deliverances
A summary of some of the actions of the Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly that met in St. Louis, MO from June 28-July 2, 2021
“Therefore be it resolved that the Calvary Presbytery hereby overtures the 48th General Assembly and asks it to declare the Report of the Ad Interim Committee on Human Sexuality as a biblically faithful declaration and refer it to the Committee on Discipleship Ministries for inclusion and promotion among its denominational teaching materials.” 1) Approved... Continue Reading
Worship at General Assembly: What We Want
What we don’t want is worship as performance.
Let’s return to having worship services each morning, Tuesday to Thursday…They can be held from 8:30-9:30 or thereabouts…. Each evening General Assembly could host a concert. Choirs, soloists, and musicians all across the sacred music spectrum could perform. These concerts could be held from 7:00-8:00 or thereabouts. I might dare to hope that this two-pronged... Continue Reading
Did the Little Guy Really Win? – The 48th PCA General Assembly
After all the words have been parsed there are enough loopholes in the proposed changes to continue to allow Side B Homosexuals to continue as officers in the PCA
There are enough loopholes in the proposed changes to continue to allow Side B Homosexuals to continue as officers in the PCA (or be admitted to the PCA). All a man needs to do is to say that his identity in Christ is greater than his identity as a homosexual. All he has to say... Continue Reading
Presbyterian Church in America Leaders Say Those Who Identify As Gay Are Not Qualified For Ordination
The PCA GA passed an overture saying those who identify as gay are not qualified for ordination in the PCA.
Advocates praised the overture for its consistency with the denomination’s beliefs about sexuality. Bart Harmon of the Southeast Alabama Presbytery spoke in favor of the overture at General Assembly, calling it “most consistent with the gospel — and because it’s consistent with the gospel, it is by definition compassionate.” (RNS) — Pastors and church... Continue Reading
The PCA’s Bright Future—Without a Bigger Tent
What’s the PCA’s big issue: Maintaining biblical fidelity, confessional integrity, and mission priority in an increasingly post-Christian culture; not expanding the PCA’s “big tent” to include Side B, gay celibate Christianity.
The impulse to be outward-facing and welcoming to our fallen and broken world is a good one, a biblical one. But we must never accommodate error in our attempt to be winsome. This wasn’t the modus operandi of Jesus, the prophets, or the apostles. It mustn’t be ours either. It can never be repeated enough:... Continue Reading
At The PCA General Assembly, The Little Guys Stood Up
PCA ruling elders—commissioners who are not professional clergy and who live in the real world—turned out in force.
To outside observers of the PCA, like myself, the result was encouraging and surprising. What happened, as outlined here and here, was that the Assembly voted to propose several changes to the denomination’s Book of Church Order (the manual of church law) that would prevent anyone who identifies as gay or same-sex-attracted from holding office in the denomination.... Continue Reading
The 48th PCA General Assembly: Actions and Reflections
A post-Assembly assessment of the actions and deliverances of the 48th GA.
In 2020 more than $1 Billion dollars was contributed to the PCA churches. Although the denomination realized a small decline in membership (300), more than 2,000 adults and 4,500 children were baptized in 2020. Additionally, there was a net gain of 13 individual congregations within the PCA. This includes newly particularized church plants as well... Continue Reading