Re: Huge shake ups within the Presbyterian & Reformed community
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Edgar Ibarra
> Brethren,and in some way it will affect us, however minute that may be.
> I write this to all of you as I am sure you will be interested
>Reformed News" edited by Robert Shapiro & Frank J. Smith, both part
> I just received the latest edition of the "Presbyterian &
of the original founders of the Presbyterian Church in America
(PCA). This edition is overloaded!
>Synod of this year ruled (without dissent) that the doctrine of
> 1. The Reformed Church of the United States (RCUS) in their 258th
Justification by Faith Alone as taught by Norman Shepard to
be "Another Gospel" and that they "admonish and call upon him to
repent of his grevious errors"..."That the Reformed Church in the US
recognize these Romish, Arminian, and Socinian errors for what they
are, and urge our brethren throughout the world to reject them and
refuse those who hold them." They stop short of calling him a
heretic (at least the newspaper does not mention it, if they did).
They go on to cite how the OPC has been the denomination that has
mostly imbibed this doctrine and are now setting their sights on N.
T. Wright and what has become known as the "Federal Vision" of the
Auburn Avenue perspective. They have mandated a committe to study
these "new" doctrines and to make an official ruling.
Yes, and I was glad to see this from the RCUS. My church, the OPC,
also made a statement affirming the confessional doctrine of
justification at the ongoing G. A. She appointed a commitee to study
the "New Perspectives on Paul" and "Federal Vision", which will
report back at the next G. A. Don't forget that Shephard left the
OPC for a more liberal church because he couldn't stand the heat.
Doubtless he would be convicted today if he were still in the OPC.
>PCA!!! One of the original founders of the PCA! He has joined with
> 2. I think this is a bigger surprise...FRANK J. SMITH has left the
the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church that is in Sheboygan, WI
which congregation is engaged in merger talks "with two other groups,
including the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery." Mr.
Smith has been examined and approved by the Hanover Presbytery.
>In it he sums up the corruption in the PCA:
> 3. Robert Shapiro wrote an articule entitled "Whither the PCA?".
>liturgically, judicially, and politically corrupt. These are the
> "In short, the PCA, in our view, is theologically, structurally,
issues which we have tried to raise over the past nine years in the
columns of this publication."
>conduct Presbyterial gov't by citing what the PCA has done. They
> This edition has chaulk full of info and examples of how NOT to
also expose Doug Wilson and his "lying, obstruction of Justice, and
misusing benevolence funds". 6.5 pages worth!
>paper. With Mr. Smith's departure and other reasons cited in the
> 4. This is the final edition of the "Presbyterian & Reformed News"
paper they will no longer publish. They write in the paper that the
PCA is about a generation or two away from becoming what she tried to
escape from, -- a liberal church.
>Saturday so that those who are present may read it for themselves.
> I will bring the paper to the event we are having in Albany this
I find this paper very informative and practical for us all.
>not based on expediancy and latitudinarianism, but on the Truth as
> May we continue to pray for the untiy of Christ' s Church, a unity
expressed in the Word of God and formulated in the Covenants and our
> Yours in Christ,
> www.albanycrpc.org www.ecn.ab.ca/prce
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