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 was to attack theContinue reading “The PCA’s Ad-Interim Study Committee Report”

PCA Study Committee Report

Dear friends,             The PCA Study Committee released their report last Thursday morning and that report has now apparently been removed from the PCA website. I was finishing my sermon last Thursday and did not have time to write a review of it. I also like to analyze such things carefully before reaching a conclusion. LastContinue reading “PCA Study Committee Report”

How to Lead Your Church to Leave a Heterodox Denomination

            In his sermon series on the Epistle to the Ephesians, Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones described in one sermon the importance of the hobnailed shoes of the Roman soldiers: Now what was the object of that, why did they do that, why was this provided for the Roman soldier? The answer is quite clear. First, heContinue reading “How to Lead Your Church to Leave a Heterodox Denomination”

Distinctives: New Light Presbyterianism

            In 1741 and again in 1838, the Presbyterian Church was divided into separate denominations over theological issues which were, in each instance, identified as Old and New camps. That superficial similarity has caused a great deal of confusion on the part of many church members, pastors, and even theologians. The confusion continues down to thisContinue reading “Distinctives: New Light Presbyterianism”

The Problem with Presbyterianism is…Presbytery

            The title of this message will come as a surprise and a dismay to many Presbyterians. Presbytery is the genius of our system, so we think. How can Presbytery (which is Scriptural by the way) be our problem? The right of appeal from a lower court to a higher court (after which the American systemContinue reading “The Problem with Presbyterianism is…Presbytery”

Vanguard Presbytery Distinctives

            Over the next couple of months, there are several churches in various states that will be voting to withdraw from the PCA and, hopefully, request affiliation with Vanguard Presbytery. The sentiment of several of those churches is well summed up by one pastor who told me, “When you have to overture the General Assembly toContinue reading “Vanguard Presbytery Distinctives”