The PCA Has Fallen into Error, and Can’t Get Back Up: Part 4-General Assembly
I write about the challenges in the PCA to bring the voice of a lay member to debates dominated by elders.
In June last year, PCA agency presidents and permanent committee coordinators published an unsigned letter “in light of the heinous killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the systemic mistreatment of so many other people of color.” And just in the last couple of weeks much of the talk about the PCA’s 48th... Continue Reading
A First-Time Commissioner on SSA and CRT At the PCA General Assembly
A first-time commissioner looks at Same-Sex Attraction and Critical Race Theory with an eye toward voting on these relevant issues at General Assembly.
Lastly, to those thinking this response lacks compassion toward the sexually broken and frustrates our ability to counsel those struggling with SSA, I would suggest that clarity is more compassionate than confusion. Equivocating on homosexual sin hinders our witness. SSA is a heinous sin (Colossians 3:5). It is unacceptable to adopt a gay Christian identity... Continue Reading
A PCA Worth Having is a PCA Worth Fighting For
If you hear of wars and rumors of wars in the PCA, do not be alarmed. Important things are at stake; things worth holding; things about which men ought to fight.
They would say it is because Scripture and the Westminster Standards support the idea that SSA is not a disqualification for a minister because SSA is not necessarily sinful, or at least that it is no more heinous than other sins. This is a theological difference. Unless the supporters of Revoice theology prove to have... Continue Reading
A Response to the PCA “Moderators’ Letter”: May We Ask a Question?
A response to “A Firm Commitment,” a letter signed by some former PCA General Assembly moderators, claiming all is well in the PCA, except for some unduly sounding an alarm.
The challenges of homosexuality and Critical Race Theory pressing into our denomination are not matters of mere style, and mischaracterizing these concerns will not make them go away. Progressive PCA leaders may multiply letters and signatures denouncing the motives and attitude of concerned confessionalists, but Revoice and Critical Race Theory require an answer to the... Continue Reading
A Letter From Former Moderators of PCA General Assemblies
“From our perspective, the PCA has maintained a firm commitment to historic evangelical and Reformed theology since its foundation.”
If you have heard some voices sounding an alarm that the PCA is on a steep “slippery slope” that leads to liberalism, we disagree. Any claim that we are becoming a denomination of liberals or have embraced an agenda that is out of accord with historic Presbyterian and Reformed Christianity fails to either understand our... Continue Reading
A Response to the “Open Letter” to the PCA
The Open Letter was obviously made public. I’m not bothered by the desire of the authors to do so, just that they don’t want others to have the same privilege.
Instead of expressing sympathy towards the legitimate concerns of thousands around the PCA, the Open Letter highlights a slanderous claim that “the PCA is ordaining practicing homosexuals,” a claim that I’ve never heard. Not even once. Rather than give attention to the real pressing issues facing the PCA, the Open Letter regrettably diverts the reader’s... Continue Reading
Honest Thoughts on the Open Letter
A response to the Open Letter: "Looking Forward—Together."
The heart of the issue is not whether homosexual practice is sinful; the key issue is whether homosexual attraction is itself a sin and if the heinousness of this sin is such that it disqualifies a man from holding ordained office. The letter’s failure to mention the widespread concern surrounding SSA anywhere in the body... Continue Reading
Looking Forward – Together
An open letter: A letter to our brothers and friends in the Presbyterian Church in America
Where may we differ with one another? We may differ in the expression of our Orthodoxy when it comes to worship, while keeping within the bounds of our polity and Scripture. We may differ in how our local cultural perspectives impact our day-to-day practices, in order to be faithful to Christ’s mission and to make... Continue Reading
The PCA Report on Human Sexuality Statement 7: Agreement and Review
Statement 7 touches upon the chief error in the Side B homosexual movement in the PCA, the idea that Christians can live with continuing sinful desire unabated.
By faith we should expect substantial progress in our holiness. Statement 7 does not countenance the defeatism of unbelief, whereas Revoice fails to encourage any expectation of change. The Side B view and appeal is “accept us just as we are.” Faith looks to the power of God to raise the dead and move mountains,... Continue Reading
A New Exception to the Westminster Standards?
The latest exception being taken in presbytery examines is to Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 83, “Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?”
To deny that an orientation can change is to deny the witness and the works of the Holy Spirit and to bring scandal upon the church. At some point, we need to come to a decision on whether we believe Side B theology and, therefore, self-styled “gay Christianity” to be a sin of a more... Continue Reading