The 222nd General Assembly Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Brief Summary

Over the last year one of the big questions swirling around the PC(USA) has been form and function of the church, particularly at the national level

The Assembly considered an overture on “Admission of, and Apology for, Harms Done to the LGBTQ/Q Members of the PC(USA), Family and Friends.” With much discussion in both the committee and on the floor, and with the broad support of many groups – but not all – the Assembly approved a statement that says the... Continue Reading

Prayers To Allah-Offered At PCUSA’s General Assembly Plenary Session

Wajidi Said, from the Portland Muslim Community, offered his prayer to Allah as a part of the opening session of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

“Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path – the path of all the prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad,” and so went the prayer offered up by Wajidi Said, from the Portland Muslim Community.   “Allah bless us and bless our families and... Continue Reading

A Presbytery PJC Ruling On A Same-Sex Marriage Policy In The PC(USA)

It is worth reiterating at this point that this decision is from a presbytery PJC and has limited application. If appealed and upheld it would gain authoritative status.

“This decision is reminiscent of the remedial cases regarding ordination standards and the various GAPJC rulings that there could be no categorical standards or explicit lists of essential tenants but each candidate must be considered on an individual basis. From a polity point of view this decision falls right in line with that.”   I... Continue Reading

Overture To PCUSA Seeks To Extract Apology From Those Following Biblical Teachings On Sexuality

A Presbyterian Church (USA) presbytery is asking the 222nd General Assembly to apologize to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ/Q) community

The overture asks that the PCUSA affirm, confess and apologize for “the teachings and actions that have created marginalization of our sisters and brothers, adding to the erroneous belief that people who identify as LGBTQ/Q should be considered unworthy to serve fully or be honored as family within and without the church.”   A Presbyterian... Continue Reading

Overture Seeks to Restore Marriage in the PCUSA to Between One Man and One Woman

Before it can be considered by the 222nd General Assembly, however, another PCUSA presbytery must also vote to approve – or concur – with the overture.

The overture’s rationale states, “When we fail to seek Christ’s direction we are subject to the direction of the culture in which we reside and therefore can make errors in our judgment failing to glorify Jesus Christ in whom we seek to serve first and foremost.” When the PCUSA voted to amend the definition of... Continue Reading

My Statement Released to the PCUSA’s Office of the General Assembly: “Practice What You Preach”

It would behoove the Louisville leadership to address its own denominational nastiness, so as not to be guilty of hypocrisy and worse.

Why has not the Office of the General Assembly directed some of its wide-ranging attention to the cruelty, greed, oppression and mean-spiritedness being consistently demonstrated by the institutional powers within its ranks? In these matters, presbyteries seem to hold all the power in the “negotiation process.” Where are the progressive leaders who so readily mouth... Continue Reading

Why Marriage Traditionalists Are Unprotected In PCUSA

The logic of the pro-same-sex marriage position pushes its proponents eventually to make the redefinition of marriage universal and mandatory

“Proponents of redefining marriage already have declared that they regard this doctrinal revision as “the civil rights issue of our generation.” They see the denial of marriage to same-sex couples as an unconscionable form of discrimination that can have no rational justification. In their eyes, opponents of same-sex marriage are today’s equivalent of racist bigots... Continue Reading

College Professor Demits His Ordination From The PCUSA

Edwards is the Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology at Whitworth University

“His reasoning: “The action of the 2014 General Assembly to permit same-sex marriages by ministers of the PCUSA and to redefine marriage as a covenantal relationship between ‘two people’ rather than between a man and a woman places the PCUSA in irreconcilable conflict with both Scripture and its confessional tradition. As a consequence of this... Continue Reading

Disappearing Act: Presbyterians (PCUSA) Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination, is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism

The theological and numerical decline of the PC(USA) is likely irreversible, according to Tooley. “Although church liberals love to insist their policies appeal to the rising generation, all of the available evidence indicates just the opposite,” Tooley says. “Essentially, the PC(USA) . . . resolved to become even smaller, older, and whiter, creating a future... Continue Reading

Presbyterians Embrace Terminal Irrelevance

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met in Detroit from June 14 to 21, 2014

“The vote on same-sex weddings in Presbyterian churches was very skewed–429 to 175. Regional presbyteries still have to vote, but that is unlikely to change what occurred in Detroit–many if not most of those opposed to same-sex marriage have already left the denomination, either by joining more orthodox splinter churches or by swelling the ranks... Continue Reading