Re: Read it yourself if you think I'm lying.
It has been sometime since I visited your site, but I thought I would
make one or two comments. My schedule will not allow me to post very
often, but I've been reading some of the threads and certainly can see
you have more support than the occasional criticism, so please don't
be overly distressed. I suspect you will have even more support from
those in our church from what I've been reading today on your site.
However, just so we understand the core issues, as I see them:
1) You and others see no authority for a Pastor and two Ruling Elders
to have a session, although extraordinary, as in Presbyterianism this
is limited to only local Elders. Any time two or three are gathered,
as Elders, across internation borders, it is unlawful for them to go
beyond a certain defined set of authority that you will define for me
here, please. Would you allow them, as Elders, to pray? Would you
allow them to aide in a marriage problem? Would you allow them to
rule on the definition of one or our six terms of communion? Can you
help me understand what is lawful and unlawful to you for Elders to do
when separated by international borders?
2) Do you believe the PRCE was lawful when all three Elders lived in
the same area in Edmonton, or would you say they were unlawful? If
they were lawful, did they become unlawful as a local session when
they became the RPNA with two Pastors and three Ruling Elders, due to
it being across international borders?
3) Or, if they were lawful, did they become unlawful the minute that
they ruled head coverings were cultural, and went against your views?
In conclusion, is it possible for three Elders to come together and
form a session locally, and where in Scripture do you see it being
unlawful for them to do so internationally. I would rather not get
into the discussion on General Meeting at this stage, but just want to
focus on what makes a Session lawful in the eyes of Scripture and in
the eyes of your presbyterian tradition.
Thank you for your reply in due course.