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”

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”

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 Office of Evangelist

Vanguard Presbytery: The Office of Evangelist             Nothing has generated more feedback for Vanguard Presbytery than the announcement that we are going to have the office of evangelist. I am asked about this office everywhere I go. This article, therefore, is for the purpose of hopefully answering some of the many questions we receive.             One ofContinue reading “The Office of Evangelist”

Update

Dear friends,             This week I am sending out to you an article by TE Al Baker giving his reasons for leaving the PCA and uniting with Vanguard Presbytery. Al has been received into Vanguard and will be an evangelist. Next week I will write another article setting forth the Scriptural arguments for the permanency ofContinue reading “Update”