“We are not THOSE Presbyterians”

Growing up in Southeast Texas, the only Presbyterian denomination of which I was aware was the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. They have been making headlines this week at their General Assembly such as this notice in The Christian Post (a friend on Facebook brought this article to my attention). Therefore, I thought it might be wise to go on record and announce to the few who read this blog that, “WE ARE NOT THOSE PRESBYTERIANS!”

We are members of the Presbyterian Church in America. Our Constitution “which is subject to and subordinate to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the inerrant Word Of God, consists of its doctrinal standards set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the Book of Church Order, comprising the Form of Government, the Rules of Discipline and the Directory for Worship; all as adopted by the Church.” (Preface of the Book of Church Order) The Westminster Confession of Faith can be read here.

Granted, we have our own issues, but we are committed to the Scriptures and to the Christ of the Scriptures as our Book of Church Order states:

“Jesus Christ, upon whose shoulders the government rests, whose
name is called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting
Father, the Prince of Peace; of the increase of whose government and peace
there shall be no end; who sits upon the throne of David, and upon His
kingdom to order it and to establish it with judgment and justice from
henceforth, even forever (Isaiah 9:6-7); having all power given unto Him in
heaven and in earth by the Father, who raised Him from the dead and set
Him at His own right hand, far above all principality and power, and might,
and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also
in that which is to come, and has put all things under His feet, and gave Him
to be the Head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fullness
of Him that filleth all in all (Ephesians 1:20-23); He, being ascended up far
above all heavens, that He might fill all things, received gifts for His Church,
and gave all offices necessary for the edification of His Church and the
perfecting of His saints (Ephesians 4:10-13).

Jesus, the Mediator, the sole Priest, Prophet, King, Saviour, and
Head of the Church, contains in Himself, by way of eminency, all the offices
in His Church, and has many of their names attributed to Him in the
Scriptures. He is Apostle, Teacher, Pastor, Minister, Bishop and the only
Lawgiver in Zion.

It belongs to His Majesty from His throne of glory to rule and teach
the Church through His Word and Spirit by the ministry of men; thus
mediately exercising His own authority and enforcing His own laws, unto the
edification and establishment of His Kingdom.

Christ, as King, has given to His Church officers, oracles and
ordinances; and especially has He ordained therein His system of doctrine,
government, discipline and worship, all of which are either expressly set
down in Scripture, or by good and necessary inference may be deduced
therefrom; and to which things He commands that nothing be added, and that
from them naught be taken away.

Since the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven, He is present with the
Church by His Word and Spirit, and the benefits of all His offices are
effectually applied by the Holy Ghost.”

Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone be the Glory)!

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2 Comments

  1. roy and fran said,

    July 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Thanks for clearing that up.

  2. grit said,

    August 18, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    “WE ARE NOT THOSE PRESBYTERIANS!”

    I’m not as sure anymore. These days I’m kinda feeling like the PCA may be sorta stuck sumwhars in the middle – yeah, a middle child. We may not be “THOSE”, but maybe to a growing concern we’re becoming “THE OTHER ONES!” – a departure from the ancients, but still shy of the modernists, stuck, in the middle, with you, and maybe with the EPCs.


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