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Matthew 18:15-18

            Matthew 18:15-18 is one of the most basic passages in Scripture concerning church government. It is for the purpose of restoring an erring brother and lays out various steps that must be taken to do so. First, you go to your brother in private and tell him of his sin between the two of you.Continue reading “Matthew 18:15-18”

Questions and Answers

            As churches consider their options concerning a denomination where they can land, I thought it would be helpful to give some answers to various questions that have been addressed to me. 1. Q. Will every church in Vanguard be required to hire a staff member as an evangelist? A. No, there is no requirement inContinue reading “Questions and Answers”

Where Then Shall We Go?

Vanguard Presbytery: Where Then Shall We Go?             The great question facing many congregations is this: If we leave our present denomination, where do we go? Vanguard Presbytery is a great option as the chart below illustrates: Question or Issue Vanguard Presbytery Orthodox Pres Church (OPC) Associate ReformedPresbyterian (ARP) Allows various views of creation Holds toContinue reading “Where Then Shall We Go?”

“Yes, It Is Too Time”

            The Presbyterian Journal was founded in 1942 by Dr. L. Nelson Bell, the father of Ruth Bell Graham, who had been a medical missionary in China for many years before returning to the US. He was distressed with the encroaching liberalism in the PCUS so he and Dr. Henry Dendy started the above-named magazine to informContinue reading ““Yes, It Is Too Time””

The Eleventh Commandment of Presbyterians

            There is an unwritten rule that almost has the binding authority of a commandment among most Presbyterians. Every natural born Presbyterian knows this rule from birth. Every convert to Presbyterianism soon learns it. It is not directly taught in any new members class, but the culture of most Presbyterian congregations display it. I once observedContinue reading “The Eleventh Commandment of Presbyterians”

The Gospel According to Progressives

            One of the problems facing Christians today is that progressives have subtly deleted important doctrines from the gospel to supposedly make it more palatable to modern man. Those deleted doctrines are not enumerated by them, so Christians have to pay careful attention to their pastors in order to identify their errors. These modern progressives stillContinue reading “The Gospel According to Progressives”

A Retrospective View

            At present, there are 334 people on my email list, many of whom have asked to be included over the past few months. In this article I am going to look back at how Vanguard Presbytery got started to give everyone a little history of this movement and to clear up some false informationContinue reading “A Retrospective View”

How Then Shall We Begin?

            One of the criticisms of Vanguard Presbytery that I have heard in certain circles is that we did not start in the Presbyterian way. What does that even mean? There is nothing in the Scripture that gives us the “Presbyterian way” that new denominations are supposed to start. There is nothing in any Presbyterian denomination’sContinue reading “How Then Shall We Begin?”

Safeguards Against Progressivism

            A question I am often asked whenever I visit with pastors and churches is this: How is Vanguard Presbytery going to prevent the same thing happening in her communion that has happened to the PCUS, PCA, and multitudes of other denominations. Here are the things I tell people:             First, the downfall of my former denominationContinue reading “Safeguards Against Progressivism”

We Desperately Need Evangelistic Preaching

Originally posted on FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS:
FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITSvolume 19, number 36, August 27, 2020 “We proclaim Him.” -Colossians 1:28 Only 23 percent of Americans attend church or synagogue every week while 40 percent of Americans claim they are very religious.[1] Another study paints an even bleaker picture, saying that only 17.7 percent…

Radical Christianity

Originally posted on FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS:
FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITSvolume 19, number 35, August 20, 2020 “For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to judge…

Membership Vows

            One of the things we are seeking to do in Vanguard Presbytery is to always go back to the Scripture. For that reason, our proposed Book of Church Order (as of August 5, 2020) adds a membership vow which has been left out of every other Presbyterian book of polity with which I am familiar (and mostContinue reading “Membership Vows”

Vanguard Presbytery’s Glorious Convocation

Vanguard Presbytery’s Glorious Convocation             In one of his writings, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was emphasizing the importance of Christians attending every service of their congregation that they could. His main point was that if they missed a service that might be the one in which the Holy Spirit was poured out and they would miss thatContinue reading “Vanguard Presbytery’s Glorious Convocation”

Whither Vanguard Presbytery

Vanguard Presbytery: Whither Vanguard Presbytery?             Last week, there were almost 100 people registered for the Convocation of Vanguard Presbytery to be held at the Stephens Valley Church in Nashville on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. In these days of reduced attendance at all churches, I think that is excellent. IContinue reading “Whither Vanguard Presbytery”

Are Evangelists Functionaries or Offices?

Vanguard Presbytery: Are Evangelists Functionaries or Offices?             At the 1975 RTS Winter Theological Institute, I was able to listen to a discussion between Dr. G. Aiken Taylor, editor of The Presbyterian Journal, and one of my professors, Paul Fowler. I had worked with Dr. Taylor the previous summer in starting a new PCA church in Asheville,Continue reading “Are Evangelists Functionaries or Offices?”

Christ Versus Marx

Vanguard Presbytery: Christ versus Marx             We live in times when Marxism under many labels is being foisted on an unsuspecting and naïve population. The problem of Marxism is in our governments and in our churches. I have told the members of my own congregation that Cultural Marxism is the most popularly preached message from theContinue reading “Christ Versus Marx”

The PCA’s Ad Interim Study Committee Report

            When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517, the unexpected result was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Luther still believed in purgatory, the supremacy of the Pope, the immaculate conception, and even the right use of indulgences at that time. His intention wasContinue reading “The PCA’s Ad Interim Study Committee Report”

Vanguard Presbytery – Vows for Teaching and Ruling Elders

SCRIPTURE 1) WHEREAS, the Scriptures of the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testaments are the  inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God, our only infallible rule of faith and practice; and 2) WHEREAS, Scripture expresses the truth concerning creation and the origin of man, science must be interpreted by Scripture, rather than Scripture being interpreted by science.  ForContinue reading “Vanguard Presbytery – Vows for Teaching and Ruling Elders”


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