Lastly, wasn’t one of the reasons for leaving the PCUS (UPC, PCUSA for some of us) because the other side had secured all the political (committee) power – and then used that to squash the ability of “our” side to even debate matters!? I can’t help but wonder, how was the behavior at this GA from the one side any different than that which drove our fathers all out to form the PCA in the first place? One side, rather clumsily, tried to follow the procedures to at least be heard. The other side, much more effectively (think pro-football team playing against a beer-belly team), used the same procedures to squash any reasonable discussion whatsoever.So, given how this all went down, given the rather across the board effectiveness of one side squashing the debate from the other side, how is this any different than the political manipulation used in the PCUS? And if the rank political manipulation used there lacked any integrity, then why should we not be concerned about the sense of déjà vu now?
Collect of the Day
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
"LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life "? 4 But what does the divine response say to him? "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Romans 11:3-5 NKJ)
Reed DePace over at the Green Baggins blog has finally saw the light. Denominational politics, church synods, and church councils do not guarantee that truth and the authority of Scripture will prevail. The Reformed confessions affirm the principle that church councils and creeds can and do err. Unfortunately, in this case the Presbyterian Church in America has erred egregiously. For all practical purposes the PCA General Assembly voted to reject Calvinism and affirm Arminianism, and worse, the Federal Vision heresy.
I firmly agree with DePace's conclusion about the whole matter:
It would appear to me that another denominational split is in the works because I do not see how any genuine Calvinist would want to stay in an Arminian or Federal Visionist denomination. God's judgment against the Presbyterian Church in America seems to have been finalized by this decision to affirm what can only be called "apostasy".
To read Reed DePace's comments click here:
Posted by Charlie J. Ray at 9:08 AM