“Surprising Errors” in Greg Johnson’s Assessment of the RPCES 1980 Homosexuality Report
A response to a faulty assessment of the 1980 RPCES on the “Pastoral Care for the Repentant Homosexual” report.
The bland wording on the synod agenda was: “Report of the Study Committee on Homosexuality.” When it came time to deal with the study, the synod did not want such a nondescript label, so it supplied its own: “Pastoral Care for the Repentant Homosexual.” That was the official title approved back in 1980. In saying... Continue Reading
Donahoe Announces Members of Study Committee on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault
The committee will consist of four teaching elders, three ruling elders, and four advisory members.
“The Dallas GA has given this study committee a monumental task. This team will serve us well,” Donahoe said. “And the role and importance of the advisors cannot be overemphasized. We’re grateful for their willingness to participate, and for the wisdom, insight and experience they will bring.” Howie Donahoe, moderator of the 47th General Assembly,... Continue Reading
Report Of The PMV Study Committee On The Role Of Women In The Church
The Report of the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley on the role of women in the church.
In light of the recommendations adopted by the Forty-Fifth General Assembly of the PCA and the comments above, we offer the following recommendations for the encouragement and edification of the Presbytery of Mississippi Valley and all the men and women of its many congregations. Read the whole Report here. INTRODUCTION The Presbytery of Mississippi... Continue Reading
GA Moderator Announces Members of Ad Interim Committee on Sexuality
The study committee is to “study the topic of human sexuality with particular attention to the issues of homosexuality, same-sex attraction, and transgenderism.”
“It’s an honor to appoint such wise, learned and experienced brothers to such a committee,” Donahoe said. “While each man’s views undoubtedly vary to some degree, I’m confident this committee will be unified and will help provide guidance and leadership on the issues—both in the PCA and more-broadly.” Howie Donahoe, moderator of the 47th... Continue Reading
Actions Of The Forty-Seventh General Assembly Of The Presbyterian Church In America
The Stated Clerk’s report of the 47th PCA General Assembly that met in Dallas June 25-28, 2019.
The Forty-seventh General Assembly of the PCA met in Dallas, Texas, in shortened format, convening Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and adjourning Friday before noon. A total of 1,616 commissioners (1209 Teaching Elders and 407 Ruling Elders) registered, representing 827 churches from all 88 presbyteries. The theme of the Assembly, hosted by North Texas Presbytery, was... Continue Reading
“Such Were Some of You” and How We Use Scripture
Interacting with the use of 1 Corinthians 6:11a within the debate at the 2019 PCA General Assembly.
Five points can be stated from this passage. First, Paul is not talking about people who are tempted to these sins, but those who are identified by these sins because they practice these sins. Second, the church is to remove those who are identified by their practice of such sins from their midst. Third, the... Continue Reading
The PCA And Liberalism: A Warning From Our History
A plea to confessionalists in the PCA to remember our history and to learn from the process mistakes our forebearers made in church courts.
The conservatives had given them a foot-hold by essentially adding extra-confessional requirements for ordination, which enabled the signers of the affirmation to get away with the egregious aspects of the affirmation which affirmed the Five Fundamentals as truths, but as truths open to various broad interpretations. In the end there was no discipline. The conservatives,... Continue Reading
Revoice, the PCA, and a Way Forward?
Contending without being contentious in the Revoice debate.
Do not assume the worst of your brethren. In both politics and religion, the tendency is to paint your opponents in the worst possible light and to assume the worst of their motives. It may be true that there are some on the anti-Revoice side that simply are legalistic, or that hate homosexuals or are... Continue Reading
Protesting the Protest at the PCA General Assembly
The PCA GA erred in accepting a Protest that was not against an action of the Assembly, but of an individual member giving a speech.
Therefore, this action of the General Assembly in allowing for such a protest to have been found in order must itself be protested. It is my humble request that the 2020 PCA General Assembly would publicly apologize to the speaker of the minority report for having in effect declared him guilty of sinful speech, and... Continue Reading
Revoice, Nashville, And The Therapeutic Revolution
The result of the therapeutic revolution is that how one feels is considered of much greater importance than the truth of what is said.
Jesus loves sinners. He loved his elect from all eternity. Among those elect are those who have SSA, those who have abused alcohol and drugs, those who have murdered, and those who have lied. Grace is the abounding free favor of Christ to helpless, lost sinners. As a consequence of his grace, however, he calls... Continue Reading