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  • Charles Barden
    Nathan: As a Pastor s Child, I can attest that it s not easy. While in school now myself, I actually look forward to being sent to wherever Our Father sends my
    Message 1 of 29 , Dec 2, 2008
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      Nathan:

      As a Pastor's Child, I can attest that it's not easy.  While in school now myself, I actually look forward to being sent to wherever Our Father sends my family.  Congratulations none the less!!  This is an exciting time and the world is your oyster.  You will be in my prayers especially since you are going to LA.  I lived there for quite some time.  =)

      Charles
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      To: nleshelman@...
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      Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

      Friends and Family,

      I wanted to let everyone know that I have accepted a call to pastor the Los Angeles, CA Reformed Presbyterian Church. I look forward to beginning the hard work of ministering in Southern California.

      I have presbytery examinations on December 13th in Los Angeles and will be ordained and installed in the early part of February. The official move will be some time between those dates.

      After being in Grand Rapids almost 11 years, I really have grown to consider Grand Rapids my home (and I know that Lydia feels the same way). The friendships and the relationships that have developed over these years are strong and will be missed greatly. Our college friends, seminary friends, congregation, and co-workers at Pine Rest will be missed greatly as we begin this new phase of life.

      Lydia and I also want to acknowledge that it will be difficult to be so far away from family. Chicago and NW Pennsylvania are distant lands from the sunny hills of Los Angeles. We appreciate their understanding and support as we make this move. With the modern advances in communication and relatively inexpensive travel, we hope that it will not seem so distant.

      Please be in prayer for us as we move our belongings, family, and most importantly- our ministry across the country. We will update you all as things progress.

      With grateful hearts,

      Nathan and Lydia Eshelman












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    • Glenn Ferrell
      Nathan: Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years. It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were some things I
      Message 2 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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        Nathan:
         
        Where is the RP Church in LA.  I lived in the LA area for five years.  It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were some things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
         
        I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in describing your call.  Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call" before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
         
        God's blessings on your travel, exams, move, future ministry, and family relocation.
         
        Glenn 
         


        J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






        To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
        From: cbarden@...
        Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 01:03:32 -0500
        Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound


        Nathan:

        As a Pastor's Child, I can attest that it's not easy.  While in school now myself, I actually look forward to being sent to wherever Our Father sends my family.  Congratulations none the less!!  This is an exciting time and the world is your oyster.  You will be in my prayers especially since you are going to LA.  I lived there for quite some time.  =)

        Charles
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        To: nleshelman@gmail. com
        Sent: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 5:45:11 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
        Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

        Friends and Family,

        I wanted to let everyone know that I have accepted a call to pastor the Los Angeles, CA Reformed Presbyterian Church. I look forward to beginning the hard work of ministering in Southern California.

        I have presbytery examinations on December 13th in Los Angeles and will be ordained and installed in the early part of February. The official move will be some time between those dates.

        After being in Grand Rapids almost 11 years, I really have grown to consider Grand Rapids my home (and I know that Lydia feels the same way). The friendships and the relationships that have developed over these years are strong and will be missed greatly. Our college friends, seminary friends, congregation, and co-workers at Pine Rest will be missed greatly as we begin this new phase of life.

        Lydia and I also want to acknowledge that it will be difficult to be so far away from family. Chicago and NW Pennsylvania are distant lands from the sunny hills of Los Angeles. We appreciate their understanding and support as we make this move. With the modern advances in communication and relatively inexpensive travel, we hope that it will not seem so distant.

        Please be in prayer for us as we move our belongings, family, and most importantly- our ministry across the country. We will update you all as things progress.

        With grateful hearts,

        Nathan and Lydia Eshelman












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      • Larry Bump
        ... Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and if he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up; licentiates are
        Message 3 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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          Glenn Ferrell wrote:
          > Nathan:
          >
          > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years.
          > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were some
          > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
          >
          > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
          > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
          > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
          >
          Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and if
          he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
          licentiates are not to be given a call.
          He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
          accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
          it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
          never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams, ordination
          and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
          vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
          scriptural principle.
          James 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow £we will go to such
          and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
          14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
          life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
          vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall
          live and do this or that.” 16But now you boast in your arrogance. All
          such boasting is evil.
        • Ic Neltococayotl
          ... go to such ... profit ; ... shall ... All ... ordination ... But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event? Of course as the Lord
          Message 4 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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            > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
            go to such
            > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
            profit";
            > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
            > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
            > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
            shall
            > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
            All
            > such boasting is evil.
            >


            > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
            > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
            > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
            > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
            ordination
            > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
            > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
            > scriptural principle.

            But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event?
            Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be done,
            and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
            that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
            pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
            pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
            especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
            vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
            according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
            Word.

            Just a thought, no more.



            Edgar


            --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Larry Bump <lbump@...>
            wrote:
            >
            > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
            > > Nathan:
            > >
            > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years.
            > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
            some
            > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
            > >
            > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
            > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
            > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
            > >
            > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
            if
            > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
            > licentiates are not to be given a call.
            > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
            > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
            > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
            > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
            ordination
            > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
            > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
            > scriptural principle.
            > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
            go to such
            > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
            profit";
            > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
            > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
            > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
            shall
            > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
            All
            > such boasting is evil.
            >
          • Glenn Ferrell
            I think it important to keep the language right. My observation of the OPC is that a call is approved by the Presbytery, the candidate is approved and given
            Message 5 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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              I think it important to keep the language right.  My observation of the OPC is that a call is approved by the Presbytery, the candidate is approved and given permission to receive the call, the call is place in the candidate's hand by the presbytery, then the presbytery schedules the ordination/installation.
               
              A call from SRPC here in Boise was voted upon by the congregation in October of 2004.  The next regular meeting of presbytery was not until April of 2005.  As I was coming from a denomination not in a formal ecclesiastical relationship with the OPC, I had to be examined at a regular meeting of presbytery, not a special called one.  For personal and family reasons, I opted to move to Boise in January of 2005; but realized I could not presume my call would be approved by presbytery.  I communicated this to the appropriate committee of presbytery, made sure the congregation knew I could not assume any pastoral duties, and did not engage in any pastoral ministry among them in the interim.  After approval by presbytery in late April, I was allowed to supply the pulpit.  It was three weeks later before I was actually installed as pastor, May 21, 2005.  The five month delay was difficult, could have given me reason not to pursue the call, but was the right way to do it.  Anyone moving to the field of ministry before approval of a call is doing so at his own risk.  If there is the presumption a call will be approved, the presbytery may not be doing their job.
               
              None of this is meant as a criticism of Nathan.  I pray for a smooth transition and fruitful ministry for him.  I just hope congregations, presbyteries and those seeking a call will remember how our polity functions.
               
              Glenn

              J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org



              > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
              > From: lbump@...
              > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 12:50:00 -0500
              > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
              >
              > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
              > > Nathan:
              > >
              > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years.
              > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were some
              > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
              > >
              > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
              > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
              > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
              > >
              > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and if
              > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
              > licentiates are not to be given a call.
              > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
              > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
              > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
              > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams, ordination
              > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
              > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
              > scriptural principle.
              > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow £we will go to such
              > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
              > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
              > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
              > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall
              > live and do this or that.” 16But now you boast in your arrogance. All
              > such boasting is evil.
              >
              >
              >
              >
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            • Larry Bump
              ... Sure, I guess; especially when there is a lot of travel. But a little humility would go a long way, and to completely short-circuit the process by
              Message 6 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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                Ic Neltococayotl wrote:
                > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event?
                > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be done,
                > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                > that the outcome can only be one result?
                Sure, I guess; especially when there is a lot of travel. But a little
                humility would go a long way, and to completely short-circuit the
                process by processing a call before the candidate is even certified
                seems a bit much. It is unseemly, in my opinion.

                I mean, James wrote this for a reason. We should respect the Lord's
                Word here a little more, I think.


                > If elders are feeling
                > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                > Word.
                >
                Yeah, but even more so in this case. It is again unseemly to do this.
                Would you feel good about having the execution scheduled before the
                trial is held? Of course not. It would smack of a foregone conclusion
                and violate the "avoid the appearance of evil" command.
              • Glenn Ferrell
                Edgar: A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby speaking out
                Message 7 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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                  Edgar:
                   
                  A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to use language presuming what is not yet real.  Though Nathan is probalby speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                   
                  Glenn

                  J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                  To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                  From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                  Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                  Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound



                  > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                  go to such
                  > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                  profit";
                  > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                  > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                  > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                  shall
                  > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                  All
                  > such boasting is evil.
                  >

                  > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                  > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                  > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                  > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                  ordination
                  > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                  > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                  > scriptural principle.

                  But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event?
                  Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be done,
                  and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                  that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                  pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                  pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                  especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                  vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                  according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                  Word.

                  Just a thought, no more.

                  Edgar

                  --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com, Larry Bump <lbump@...>
                  wrote:
                  >
                  > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                  > > Nathan:
                  > >
                  > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years.
                  > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                  some
                  > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                  > >
                  > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                  > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                  > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                  > >
                  > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                  if
                  > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                  > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                  > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                  > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                  > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                  > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                  ordination
                  > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                  > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                  > scriptural principle.
                  > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                  go to such
                  > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                  profit";
                  > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                  > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                  > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                  shall
                  > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                  All
                  > such boasting is evil.
                  >


                • Glenn Ferrell
                  I m sure both Nathan and the congregation are anxious for his ministry to begin. However, it would be more appropriate for him to be examined, the call
                  Message 8 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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                    I'm sure both Nathan and the congregation are anxious for his ministry to begin.  However, it would be more appropriate for him to be examined, the call presented by presbytery, and then his move and future installation to be scheduled in the not too distant future. 
                     
                    My current presbytery turned down a man (already ordained in another NAPARC denomination) before, at the same and a subsequent presbytery meeting.  If a presbytery never declines to approve anyone, are they failing to do their job, or is the credentials committee (or the group by whatever name with the responsibility of screening candidates) doing such a great job a dud never gets to the floor of presbytery? I never presumed I'd be approved for the call here in Boise.  There can be a lot of pressure when the expectations of a congregation have been raised and the man has already moved his family three quarters of the way across country and is living in the community of the anticipated call.
                     
                    Glenn

                    J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                    To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                    From: lbump@...
                    Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 13:25:56 -0500
                    Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound


                    Ic Neltococayotl wrote:
                    > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event?
                    > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be done,
                    > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                    > that the outcome can only be one result?
                    Sure, I guess; especially when there is a lot of travel. But a little
                    humility would go a long way, and to completely short-circuit the
                    process by processing a call before the candidate is even certified
                    seems a bit much. It is unseemly, in my opinion.

                    I mean, James wrote this for a reason. We should respect the Lord's
                    Word here a little more, I think.

                    > If elders are feeling
                    > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                    > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                    > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                    > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                    > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                    > Word.
                    >
                    Yeah, but even more so in this case. It is again unseemly to do this.
                    Would you feel good about having the execution scheduled before the
                    trial is held? Of course not. It would smack of a foregone conclusion
                    and violate the "avoid the appearance of evil" command.

                  • tkarthur101103
                    ... the Los ... beginning the ... will be ... move will ... consider ... years are ... friends, ... we begin ... be so far ... from the ... support as ...
                    Message 9 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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                      --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, "Eshelman Family"
                      <nleshelman@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Friends and Family,
                      >
                      > I wanted to let everyone know that I have accepted a call to pastor
                      the Los
                      > Angeles, CA Reformed Presbyterian Church. I look forward to
                      beginning the
                      > hard work of ministering in Southern California.
                      >
                      > I have presbytery examinations on December 13th in Los Angeles and
                      will be
                      > ordained and installed in the early part of February. The official
                      move will
                      > be some time between those dates.
                      >
                      > After being in Grand Rapids almost 11 years, I really have grown to
                      consider
                      > Grand Rapids my home (and I know that Lydia feels the same way). The
                      > friendships and the relationships that have developed over these
                      years are
                      > strong and will be missed greatly. Our college friends, seminary
                      friends,
                      > congregation, and co-workers at Pine Rest will be missed greatly as
                      we begin
                      > this new phase of life.
                      >
                      > Lydia and I also want to acknowledge that it will be difficult to
                      be so far
                      > away from family. Chicago and NW Pennsylvania are distant lands
                      from the
                      > sunny hills of Los Angeles. We appreciate their understanding and
                      support as
                      > we make this move. With the modern advances in communication and
                      relatively
                      > inexpensive travel, we hope that it will not seem so distant.
                      >
                      > Please be in prayer for us as we move our belongings, family, and
                      most
                      > importantly- our ministry across the country. We will update you
                      all as
                      > things progress.
                      >
                      > With grateful hearts,
                      >
                      > Nathan and Lydia Eshelman
                      They requested that they be kept in your prayers.
                      God-speed brother
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
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                    • Ben Hart
                      Nathan, I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation process goes in a way that is for God s glory. For everyone else, this is all so
                      Message 10 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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                        Nathan,
                         
                        I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation process goes in a way that is for God's glory. 
                         
                        For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian.  Surely there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this. 
                         
                        -Ben


                         
                        On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell <jglennferrell@...> wrote:

                        Edgar:
                         
                        A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to use language presuming what is not yet real.  Though Nathan is probalby speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.


                         
                        Glenn

                        J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                        To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                        From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                        Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000

                        Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound



                        > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                        go to such
                        > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                        profit";
                        > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                        > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                        > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                        shall
                        > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                        All
                        > such boasting is evil.
                        >

                        > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                        > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                        > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                        > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                        ordination
                        > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                        > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                        > scriptural principle.

                        But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event?
                        Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be done,
                        and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                        that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                        pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                        pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                        especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                        vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                        according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                        Word.

                        Just a thought, no more.

                        Edgar

                        --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Larry Bump <lbump@...>
                        wrote:
                        >
                        > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                        > > Nathan:
                        > >
                        > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years.
                        > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                        some
                        > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                        > >
                        > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                        > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                        > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                        > >
                        > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                        if
                        > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                        > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                        > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                        > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                        > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                        > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                        ordination
                        > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                        > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                        > scriptural principle.
                        > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                        go to such
                        > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                        profit";
                        > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                        > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                        > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                        shall
                        > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                        All
                        > such boasting is evil.
                        >



                      • Charles Barden
                        I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me. You are right when you say this is so nauseatingly presbyterian . Legalism and clanging
                        Message 11 of 29 , Dec 3, 2008
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                          I am confused...I thought the call came from God and  not from me.  You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian".  Legalism and clanging gongs.

                          In Christ,

                          Charles
                          ----- Original Message -----
                          From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@...>
                          To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                          Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                          Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                          Nathan,
                           
                          I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation process goes in a way that is for God's glory. 
                           
                          For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian.  Surely there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this. 
                           
                          -Ben


                           
                          On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell <jglennferrell@...> wrote:

                          Edgar:
                           
                          A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to use language presuming what is not yet real.  Though Nathan is probalby speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.


                           
                          Glenn

                          J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                          To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                          From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                          Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000

                          Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound



                          > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                          go to such
                          > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                          profit";
                          > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                          > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                          > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                          shall
                          > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                          All
                          > such boasting is evil.
                          >

                          > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                          > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                          > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                          > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                          ordination
                          > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                          > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                          > scriptural principle.

                          But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event?
                          Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be done,
                          and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                          that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                          pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                          pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                          especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                          vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                          according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                          Word.

                          Just a thought, no more.

                          Edgar

                          --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Larry Bump <lbump@...>
                          wrote:
                          >
                          > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                          > > Nathan:
                          > >
                          > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years.
                          > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                          some
                          > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                          > >
                          > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                          > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                          > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                          > >
                          > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                          if
                          > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                          > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                          > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                          > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                          > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                          > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                          ordination
                          > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                          > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                          > scriptural principle.
                          > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                          go to such
                          > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                          profit";
                          > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                          > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                          > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                          shall
                          > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                          All
                          > such boasting is evil.
                          >



                        • gmw
                          ... So if I show up among a group of people and say, God called me to be your pastor, such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a ministry? ...
                          Message 12 of 29 , Dec 4, 2008
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                            --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Charles Barden
                            <cbarden@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                            So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                            your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                            ministry?

                            > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". >
                            Legalism and clanging gongs.

                            You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                            accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                            ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                            gmw.


                            > In Christ,
                            > Charles
                            > ----- Original Message -----
                            > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@...>
                            > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                            > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                            > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > Nathan,
                            >
                            > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                            process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                            >
                            > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                            there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                            >
                            > -Ben
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@... >
                            wrote:
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > Edgar:
                            >
                            > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                            use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                            speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                            ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                            >
                            >
                            > Glenn
                            >
                            > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                            Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                            > From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                            > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                            >
                            > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                            > go to such
                            > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                            > profit";
                            > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                            > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                            > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                            > shall
                            > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                            > All
                            > > such boasting is evil.
                            > >
                            >
                            > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                            > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                            accept
                            > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                            > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                            > ordination
                            > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                            expectation to
                            > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                            > > scriptural principle.
                            >
                            > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                            event?
                            > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                            done,
                            > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                            > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                            > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                            > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                            > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                            > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                            > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                            > Word.
                            >
                            > Just a thought, no more.
                            >
                            > Edgar
                            >
                            > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                            > wrote:
                            > >
                            > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                            > > > Nathan:
                            > > >
                            > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                            years.
                            > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                            > some
                            > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                            > > >
                            > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                            > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                            > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                            > > >
                            > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                            > if
                            > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                            > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                            > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                            > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                            accept
                            > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                            > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                            > ordination
                            > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                            expectation to
                            > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                            > > scriptural principle.
                            > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                            > go to such
                            > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                            > profit";
                            > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                            > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                            > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                            > shall
                            > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                            > All
                            > > such boasting is evil.
                            > >
                            >
                          • Ben Hart
                            Since a call for clarity has been made, let me volunteer some perspecuity of my own complaint. Here s how I viewed the exchange. Nate related some good news
                            Message 13 of 29 , Dec 4, 2008
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                              Since a call for clarity has been made, let me volunteer some perspecuity of my own complaint. 
                               
                              Here's how I viewed the exchange.  Nate related some good news and has a good faith promise of a call, even to the point that he is selling his homes in GR, and is making travel plans though all of the formalities haven't been nailed down.  Someone then suggests publically that this is presumptuous and he should be careful for some nitty-gritty presbyterial-polity reasons.  (Blah, blah, blah.)  This is the "nauseatingly presbyterian" part--it just seems out of place and not in line with charity to publically get into such an unedifying dispute over details.  Why not let charity assume that the LA congregation and the Pacific presbytery has given Nate a good enough committment that what he's doing isn't presumptuous and let the Eschelman's go on in peace?  It seems sort of insulting to Nate to suggest that he'd be so presumptuous to get all of his things in order to move without a good enough indication of a commitment from the powers that be. 
                              Or so it seems to me anyway.
                               
                              -Ben

                               
                              On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 7:43 AM, gmw <ragingcalvinist@...> wrote:

                              --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Charles Barden


                              <cbarden@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                              So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                              your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                              ministry?


                              > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". >
                              Legalism and clanging gongs.

                              You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                              accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                              ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                              gmw.

                              > In Christ,
                              > Charles
                              > ----- Original Message -----
                              > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@...>
                              > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                              > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                              > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > Nathan,
                              >
                              > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                              process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                              >
                              > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                              there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                              >
                              > -Ben
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@... >

                              wrote:
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > Edgar:
                              >
                              > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                              use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                              speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                              ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                              >
                              >
                              > Glenn
                              >
                              > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                              Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                              > From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                              > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                              >
                              > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                              > go to such
                              > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                              > profit";
                              > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                              > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                              > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                              > shall
                              > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                              > All
                              > > such boasting is evil.
                              > >
                              >
                              > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                              > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                              accept
                              > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                              > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                              > ordination
                              > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                              expectation to
                              > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                              > > scriptural principle.
                              >
                              > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                              event?
                              > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                              done,
                              > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                              > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                              > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                              > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                              > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                              > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                              > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                              > Word.
                              >
                              > Just a thought, no more.
                              >
                              > Edgar
                              >
                              > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                              > wrote:
                              > >
                              > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                              > > > Nathan:
                              > > >
                              > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                              years.
                              > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                              > some
                              > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                              > > >
                              > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                              > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                              > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                              > > >
                              > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                              > if
                              > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                              > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                              > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                              > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                              accept
                              > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                              > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                              > ordination
                              > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                              expectation to
                              > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                              > > scriptural principle.
                              > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                              > go to such
                              > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                              > profit";
                              > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                              > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                              > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                              > shall
                              > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                              > All
                              > > such boasting is evil.
                              > >
                              >


                            • Eshelman Family
                              Glen and others, I was made able to receive a call by presbytery in August by the GLG Presbytery. September 1 the LA congregation called me to become their
                              Message 14 of 29 , Dec 4, 2008
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                                Glen and others,

                                I was made able to receive a call by presbytery in August by the GLG Presbytery. September 1 the LA congregation called me to become their pastor. That call was passed to the PC Presbytery's Ad Interim Commission who approved the call and passed it on to the GLG Ad Interim Commission. The GLG AIC approved it as a call and passed it on to me. I recieved the actual call in hands a couple of weeks ago and accepted the call to LA.

                                Now, of course, I still have the ordination and installation exams, but even an ordained minister who was transfering to another Presbytery would have to pass these exams.

                                I see no problem with saying that I accepted the call- because I did. Can you show me in our Standards where it is not acceptable to use this language?

                                BTW, Glen, the church is in the Glendale area of LA. www.rpcla.org


                                Thanks.

                                Nate
                              • Ic Neltococayotl
                                I for one am very thrilled that Nate is being considered for the pastorate in LA. I truly believe that the Lord will use him and the congregation there to
                                Message 15 of 29 , Dec 4, 2008
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                                  I for one am very thrilled that Nate is being considered for the pastorate in LA.

                                  I truly believe that the Lord will use him and the congregation there to spread the Gospel, without compromise, in the SoCal region (that is Southern California for non-Californians or Aztlán if you prefer   :D).

                                  Now, knowing Nate, he is a true blue Presbyterian and knows the polity and would submit to it.  I think every Presbyterian that understands the polity and may even hold to jus divinus Presbyterianism, appreciate the need to vet or screen every candidate.  A simple call is not enough.  As Jerry stated any person can walk in to a pulpit and say I'm here cause God called me.
                                  If you have never been to a Presbytery exam of candidates, and if you are Presbyterian, I would strongly suggest that you go.  You may be pleasantly surprised at what you see. (And if you are not then you have no clue what you are complaining about).

                                  Not to speak for Nate or even know what he is thinking of this thread (if he even has read it), I will assume that the points raised by both Elders may have already been taken into consideration by him, he is coming from a conservative and solid Presbytery of the RPCNA.

                                  Edgar Ibarra
                                  (Nate's friend)
                                  member RPCNA
                                  attending Free Church of Scotland (Cont.)
                                  in Bethesda, MD


                                  --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Charles Barden <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me. You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". Legalism and clanging gongs.
                                  >
                                  > In Christ,
                                  >
                                  > Charles
                                  > ----- Original Message -----
                                  > From: "Ben Hart" benjamin.hart1@...
                                  > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                  > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                  > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > Nathan,
                                  >
                                  > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                  >
                                  > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                  >
                                  > -Ben
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@... > wrote:
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > Edgar:
                                  >
                                  > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > Glenn
                                  >
                                  > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                  > From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                                  > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                  >
                                  > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                  > go to such
                                  > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                  > profit";
                                  > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                  > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                  > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                  > shall
                                  > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                  > All
                                  > > such boasting is evil.
                                  > >
                                  >
                                  > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                  > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                                  > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                  > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                  > ordination
                                  > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                                  > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                  > > scriptural principle.
                                  >
                                  > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an event?
                                  > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be done,
                                  > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                  > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                  > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                  > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                  > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                  > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                  > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                  > Word.
                                  >
                                  > Just a thought, no more.
                                  >
                                  > Edgar
                                  >
                                  > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com , Larry Bump lbump@
                                  > wrote:
                                  > >
                                  > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                  > > > Nathan:
                                  > > >
                                  > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five years.
                                  > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                  > some
                                  > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                  > > >
                                  > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                  > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                  > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                  > > >
                                  > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                  > if
                                  > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                  > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                  > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                  > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot accept
                                  > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                  > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                  > ordination
                                  > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue expectation to
                                  > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                  > > scriptural principle.
                                  > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                  > go to such
                                  > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                  > profit";
                                  > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                  > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                  > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                  > shall
                                  > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                  > All
                                  > > such boasting is evil.
                                  > >
                                  >
                                • Glenn Ferrell
                                  Ben: I think if you review my posts regarding Nate s call, you will find I expressed my hopes for his best in processing the call, exam, move, future ministry
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                                    Ben:
                                     
                                    I think if you review my posts regarding Nate's call, you will find I expressed my hopes for his best in processing the call, exam, move, future ministry and resettling of his family.  I also allowed his description of "accepting a call" was posted in the excitement of the moment.  I also related how I moved to Boise before a call had been formally processed by my presbytery.
                                     
                                    As Presbyterians, we believe our form of church government is as much determined by the Regulative Principle as doctrine and worship.  To make note of the correct way of thinking, speaking of and practicing Presbyterian polity is not legalism, it is biblical church government.  I assume Nate, as a future Reformed Presbyterian minister, would want to get this correct.  It might even be on his presbyterian exams.  Certainly, if I heard a candidate speaking of Presbyterian polity in that manner, I'd want to ask a few questions in his floor exam.  I assume Nate is man enough to have his description of the call process corrected.  After all, he hopes to be an elder in Christ's church.
                                     
                                    There was no intention to rain on Nate's parade.  I hope the best for his pending call, move, future ministry, and family.
                                     
                                    Glenn

                                    J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                                    To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                    From: benjamin.hart1@...
                                    Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 08:04:33 -0600
                                    Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound


                                    Since a call for clarity has been made, let me volunteer some perspecuity of my own complaint. 
                                     
                                    Here's how I viewed the exchange.  Nate related some good news and has a good faith promise of a call, even to the point that he is selling his homes in GR, and is making travel plans though all of the formalities haven't been nailed down.  Someone then suggests publically that this is presumptuous and he should be careful for some nitty-gritty presbyterial- polity reasons.  (Blah, blah, blah.)  This is the "nauseatingly presbyterian" part--it just seems out of place and not in line with charity to publically get into such an unedifying dispute over details.  Why not let charity assume that the LA congregation and the Pacific presbytery has given Nate a good enough committment that what he's doing isn't presumptuous and let the Eschelman's go on in peace?  It seems sort of insulting to Nate to suggest that he'd be so presumptuous to get all of his things in order to move without a good enough indication of a commitment from the powers that be. 
                                    Or so it seems to me anyway.
                                     
                                    -Ben

                                     
                                    On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 7:43 AM, gmw <ragingcalvinist@ verizon.net> wrote:

                                    --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com, Charles Barden


                                    <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                    >
                                    > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                    So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                    your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                    ministry?


                                    > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". >
                                    Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                    You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                    accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                    ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                    gmw.

                                    > In Christ,
                                    > Charles
                                    > ----- Original Message -----
                                    > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@ ...>
                                    > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                    > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                    > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > Nathan,
                                    >
                                    > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                    process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                    >
                                    > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                    there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                    >
                                    > -Ben
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@ ... >

                                    wrote:
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > Edgar:
                                    >
                                    > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                    use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                    speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                    ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > Glenn
                                    >
                                    > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                    Boise, Idaho http://sovereignred eemer.org
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                    > From: puritanpresbyterian @...
                                    > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                    >
                                    > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                    > go to such
                                    > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                    > profit";
                                    > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                    > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                    > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                    > shall
                                    > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                    > All
                                    > > such boasting is evil.
                                    > >
                                    >
                                    > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                    > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                    accept
                                    > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                    > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                    > ordination
                                    > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                    expectation to
                                    > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                    > > scriptural principle.
                                    >
                                    > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                    event?
                                    > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                    done,
                                    > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                    > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                    > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                    > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                    > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                    > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                    > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                    > Word.
                                    >
                                    > Just a thought, no more.
                                    >
                                    > Edgar
                                    >
                                    > --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                    > wrote:
                                    > >
                                    > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                    > > > Nathan:
                                    > > >
                                    > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                    years.
                                    > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                    > some
                                    > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                    > > >
                                    > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                    > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                    > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                    > > >
                                    > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                    > if
                                    > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                    > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                    > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                    > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                    accept
                                    > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                    > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                    > ordination
                                    > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                    expectation to
                                    > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                    > > scriptural principle.
                                    > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                    > go to such
                                    > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                    > profit";
                                    > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                    > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                    > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                    > shall
                                    > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                    > All
                                    > > such boasting is evil.
                                    > >
                                    >





                                  • Charles Barden
                                    ok fair enough... How else would you be able to say that you have been called. No one in their right mind would say publicly that they were called unless they
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                                      ok fair enough...

                                      How else would you be able to say that you have been called.  No one in their right mind would say publicly that they were called unless they were called.  Who are you to say what God has done or has not done?  If God is in control and is truly sovereign then why do you question His authority?  Did a man or group approve Moses' call?  Did a man or group approve the call of Christ?  How about for the 12 apostles?  No they were all elected!  You might be wise to read what Spurgeon said of ordination.  And since I am in Bible College right now, and we are in a financial crisis, and I am paying for school with loans, what would happen if I could not go to school any longer?  Would I depend on a council to approve my call?  If someone shows up and just out of the blue claims to be a minister with no credentials, what do you think is going to happen?  They will be ignored...so what's your point?  Besides, who made you the pope of the reformed church anyway?  I understand the need for rules and regulations but this presbytery is unscriptural. 

                                      In Christ alone,

                                      Charles Barden
                                      ----- Original Message -----
                                      From: "gmw" <ragingcalvinist@...>
                                      To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                      Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:43:44 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
                                      Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                      --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Charles Barden
                                      <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                      >
                                      > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                      So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                      your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                      ministry?

                                      > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". >
                                      Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                      You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                      accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                      ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                      gmw.

                                      > In Christ,
                                      > Charles
                                      > ----- Original Message -----
                                      > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@...>
                                      > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                      > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                      > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > Nathan,
                                      >
                                      > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                      process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                      >
                                      > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                      there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                      >
                                      > -Ben
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@... >
                                      wrote:
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > Edgar:
                                      >
                                      > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                      use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                      speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                      ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > Glenn
                                      >
                                      > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                      Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                      > From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                                      > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                      >
                                      > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                      > go to such
                                      > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                      > profit";
                                      > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                      > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                      > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                      > shall
                                      > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                      > All
                                      > > such boasting is evil.
                                      > >
                                      >
                                      > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                      > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                      accept
                                      > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                      > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                      > ordination
                                      > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                      expectation to
                                      > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                      > > scriptural principle.
                                      >
                                      > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                      event?
                                      > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                      done,
                                      > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                      > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                      > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                      > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                      > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                      > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                      > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                      > Word.
                                      >
                                      > Just a thought, no more.
                                      >
                                      > Edgar
                                      >
                                      > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                      > wrote:
                                      > >
                                      > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                      > > > Nathan:
                                      > > >
                                      > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                      years.
                                      > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                      > some
                                      > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                      > > >
                                      > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                      > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                      > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                      > > >
                                      > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                      > if
                                      > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                      > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                      > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                      > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                      accept
                                      > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                      > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                      > ordination
                                      > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                      expectation to
                                      > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                      > > scriptural principle.
                                      > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                      > go to such
                                      > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                      > profit";
                                      > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                      > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                      > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                      > shall
                                      > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                      > All
                                      > > such boasting is evil.
                                      > >
                                      >

                                    • Charles Barden
                                      forgot your other question... Legalism is that which is defined in this statement... You must do as I say or else you don t have salvation. Ultimately, the
                                      Message 18 of 29 , Dec 4, 2008
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                                        forgot your other question...

                                        Legalism is that which is defined in this statement..."You must do as I say or else you don't have salvation."  Ultimately, the claim being made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings.  This is why I say "clanging gongs."  In other words, the rules supercede the gospel which is what is happening in this case.  Why can't you just say congratulations to him and move on???  You are so full of hate for your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach the pulpit.  I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.

                                        Sola Fide,

                                        Charles
                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                        From: "gmw" <ragingcalvinist@...>
                                        To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                        Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:43:44 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
                                        Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                        --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Charles Barden
                                        <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                        >
                                        > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                        So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                        your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                        ministry?

                                        > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". >
                                        Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                        You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                        accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                        ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                        gmw.

                                        > In Christ,
                                        > Charles
                                        > ----- Original Message -----
                                        > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@...>
                                        > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                        > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                        > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > Nathan,
                                        >
                                        > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                        process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                        >
                                        > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                        there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                        >
                                        > -Ben
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@... >
                                        wrote:
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > Edgar:
                                        >
                                        > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                        use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                        speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                        ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > Glenn
                                        >
                                        > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                        Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                        > From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                                        > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                        >
                                        > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                        > go to such
                                        > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                        > profit";
                                        > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                        > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                        > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                        > shall
                                        > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                        > All
                                        > > such boasting is evil.
                                        > >
                                        >
                                        > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                        > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                        accept
                                        > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                        > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                        > ordination
                                        > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                        expectation to
                                        > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                        > > scriptural principle.
                                        >
                                        > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                        event?
                                        > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                        done,
                                        > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                        > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                        > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                        > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                        > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                        > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                        > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                        > Word.
                                        >
                                        > Just a thought, no more.
                                        >
                                        > Edgar
                                        >
                                        > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                        > wrote:
                                        > >
                                        > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                        > > > Nathan:
                                        > > >
                                        > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                        years.
                                        > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                        > some
                                        > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                        > > >
                                        > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                        > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                        > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                        > > >
                                        > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                        > if
                                        > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                        > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                        > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                        > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                        accept
                                        > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                        > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                        > ordination
                                        > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                        expectation to
                                        > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                        > > scriptural principle.
                                        > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                        > go to such
                                        > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                        > profit";
                                        > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                        > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                        > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                        > shall
                                        > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                        > All
                                        > > such boasting is evil.
                                        > >
                                        >

                                      • Larry Bump
                                        ... Dude, you have serious issues. I haven t seen any hate on this list except for your posts.
                                        Message 19 of 29 , Dec 4, 2008
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                                          Charles Barden wrote:
                                          > forgot your other question...
                                          >
                                          > Legalism is that which is defined in this statement..."You must do as
                                          > I say or else you don't have salvation." Ultimately, the claim being
                                          > made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings. This is why I say
                                          > "clanging gongs." In other words, the rules supercede the gospel
                                          > which is what is happening in this case. Why can't you just say
                                          > congratulations to him and move on??? You are so full of hate for
                                          > your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach
                                          > the pulpit. I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.


                                          Dude, you have serious issues.
                                          I haven't seen any hate on this list except for your posts.
                                        • Charles Barden
                                          Maybe hate was too strong a word. Nevertheless, why be caught up in all the rules and regulations. I have seen the same issues with other groups as well. It s
                                          Message 20 of 29 , Dec 5, 2008
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                                            Maybe hate was too strong a word.  Nevertheless, why be caught up in all the rules and regulations.  I have seen the same issues with other groups as well.  It's just really upsetting to me and I am  zealous for the gospel that Jesus taught.

                                            Charles
                                            ----- Original Message -----
                                            From: "Larry Bump" <lbump@...>
                                            To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                            Sent: Friday, December 5, 2008 12:57:15 AM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                            Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                            Charles Barden wrote:
                                            > forgot your other question...
                                            >
                                            > Legalism is that which is defined in this statement..."You must do as
                                            > I say or else you don't have salvation." Ultimately, the claim being
                                            > made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings. This is why I say
                                            > "clanging gongs." In other words, the rules supercede the gospel
                                            > which is what is happening in this case. Why can't you just say
                                            > congratulations to him and move on??? You are so full of hate for
                                            > your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach
                                            > the pulpit. I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.

                                            Dude, you have serious issues.
                                            I haven't seen any hate on this list except for your posts.

                                          • Jerry
                                            There are plenty of people pretending to have a call from God that for various reasons clearly do not. Some show by their doctrine that they are not called by
                                            Message 21 of 29 , Dec 5, 2008
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                                              There are plenty of people pretending to have a call from God that for various reasons clearly do not.

                                              Some show by their doctrine that they are not called by God:

                                              Joyce Meyers
                                              Benny Hinn
                                              Oral Roberts and his family
                                              The Pope

                                              Others have not been properly called externally by the church (else what is ordination or the laying on of hands found in Scripture?).  I have seen this first hand, and the results were disastrous.  Denying the external call of the church is to force God's people to be ruled by those who impose themselves on the church without consent of the people.  Furthermore, you are also suggesting that people must submit to you even if you don't have a proper education.

                                              The extraordinary cases of Moses, Paul, etc., are not normative.  Ministers today are not to expect a burning bush, nor are they called to be Apostles.  The normative teaching of Scripture is that ministers are to be called by God, and ordained by the ministers of the church, and consented to by the people to which the minister is called to minister -- the particulars of which you've seen discussed here over the past few posts.

                                              I'll skip Spurgeon and recommend to you Gillespie and Durham:

                                              http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles_miscqs_04.html

                                              http://www.reformed.org/ecclesiology/durham_calling.html

                                              gmw.


                                              Charles Barden wrote:

                                              ok fair enough...

                                              How else would you be able to say that you have been called.  No one in their right mind would say publicly that they were called unless they were called.  Who are you to say what God has done or has not done?  If God is in control and is truly sovereign then why do you question His authority?  Did a man or group approve Moses' call?  Did a man or group approve the call of Christ?  How about for the 12 apostles?  No they were all elected!  You might be wise to read what Spurgeon said of ordination.  And since I am in Bible College right now, and we are in a financial crisis, and I am paying for school with loans, what would happen if I could not go to school any longer?  Would I depend on a council to approve my call?  If someone shows up and just out of the blue claims to be a minister with no credentials, what do you think is going to happen?  They will be ignored...so what's your point?  Besides, who made you the pope of the reformed church anyway?  I understand the need for rules and regulations but this presbytery is unscriptural. 

                                              In Christ alone,

                                              Charles Barden
                                              ----- Original Message -----
                                              From: "gmw" <ragingcalvinist@ verizon.net>
                                              To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                              Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:43:44 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_ York
                                              Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                              --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com, Charles Barden
                                              <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                              >
                                              > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                              So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                              your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                              ministry?

                                              > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian" . >
                                              Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                              You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                              accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                              ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                              gmw.

                                              > In Christ,
                                              > Charles
                                              > ----- Original Message -----
                                              > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@ ...>
                                              > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                              > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                              > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > Nathan,
                                              >
                                              > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                              process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                              >
                                              > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                              there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                              >
                                              > -Ben
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@ ... >
                                              wrote:
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > Edgar:
                                              >
                                              > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                              use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                              speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                              ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > Glenn
                                              >
                                              > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                              Boise, Idaho http://sovereignred eemer.org
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                              > From: puritanpresbyterian @...
                                              > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                              >
                                              > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                              > go to such
                                              > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                              > profit";
                                              > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                              > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                              > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                              > shall
                                              > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                              > All
                                              > > such boasting is evil.
                                              > >
                                              >
                                              > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                              > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                              accept
                                              > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                              > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                              > ordination
                                              > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                              expectation to
                                              > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                              > > scriptural principle.
                                              >
                                              > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                              event?
                                              > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                              done,
                                              > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                              > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                              > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                              > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                              > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                              > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                              > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                              > Word.
                                              >
                                              > Just a thought, no more.
                                              >
                                              > Edgar
                                              >
                                              > --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                              > wrote:
                                              > >
                                              > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                              > > > Nathan:
                                              > > >
                                              > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                              years.
                                              > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                              > some
                                              > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                              > > >
                                              > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                              > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                              > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                              > > >
                                              > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                              > if
                                              > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                              > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                              > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                              > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                              accept
                                              > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                              > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                              > ordination
                                              > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                              expectation to
                                              > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                              > > scriptural principle.
                                              > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                              > go to such
                                              > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                              > profit";
                                              > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                              > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                              > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                              > shall
                                              > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                              > All
                                              > > such boasting is evil.
                                              > >
                                              >


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                                            • Jerry
                                              So, according to your definition of legalism, where has anyone in this discussion asserted that there is no salvation outside of accepting the proper
                                              Message 22 of 29 , Dec 5, 2008
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                                                So, according to your definition of legalism, where has anyone in this discussion asserted that there is no salvation outside of accepting the proper terminology and procedure of ministerial ordination and calling?

                                                It's one thing to say that you think folks may be going overboard, but to accuse them of professing a false legalistic gospel, being children of scorpions, and being full of hate, is ridiculous and unbecoming of someone who has intentions of becoming a minister.  Temper your zeal.

                                                By the way, this man you accuse us of hating has eaten, slept, and enjoyed a cheap cigar with me in my home, and is a wonderful fellow which I consider to be a friend.  You are the one stirring things up in this pot, sir.

                                                gmw.

                                                Charles Barden wrote:

                                                forgot your other question...

                                                Legalism is that which is defined in this statement... "You must do as I say or else you don't have salvation."  Ultimately, the claim being made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings.  This is why I say "clanging gongs."  In other words, the rules supercede the gospel which is what is happening in this case.  Why can't you just say congratulations to him and move on???  You are so full of hate for your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach the pulpit.  I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.

                                                Sola Fide,

                                                Charles
                                                ----- Original Message -----
                                                From: "gmw" <ragingcalvinist@ verizon.net>
                                                To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                                Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:43:44 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_ York
                                                Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                                --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com, Charles Barden
                                                <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                                >
                                                > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                                So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                                your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                                ministry?

                                                > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian" . >
                                                Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                                You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                                accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                                ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                                gmw.

                                                > In Christ,
                                                > Charles
                                                > ----- Original Message -----
                                                > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@ ...>
                                                > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                                > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                                > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > Nathan,
                                                >
                                                > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                                process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                                >
                                                > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                                there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                                >
                                                > -Ben
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@ ... >
                                                wrote:
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > Edgar:
                                                >
                                                > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                                use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                                speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                                ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > Glenn
                                                >
                                                > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                                Boise, Idaho http://sovereignred eemer.org
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                                > From: puritanpresbyterian @...
                                                > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                                >
                                                > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                > go to such
                                                > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                > profit";
                                                > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                > shall
                                                > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                > All
                                                > > such boasting is evil.
                                                > >
                                                >
                                                > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                accept
                                                > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                > ordination
                                                > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                expectation to
                                                > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                > > scriptural principle.
                                                >
                                                > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                                event?
                                                > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                                done,
                                                > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                                > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                                > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                                > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                                > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                                > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                                > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                                > Word.
                                                >
                                                > Just a thought, no more.
                                                >
                                                > Edgar
                                                >
                                                > --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                                > wrote:
                                                > >
                                                > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                                > > > Nathan:
                                                > > >
                                                > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                                years.
                                                > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                                > some
                                                > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                                > > >
                                                > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                                > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                                > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                                > > >
                                                > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                                > if
                                                > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                                > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                                > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                accept
                                                > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                > ordination
                                                > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                expectation to
                                                > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                > > scriptural principle.
                                                > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                > go to such
                                                > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                > profit";
                                                > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                > shall
                                                > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                > All
                                                > > such boasting is evil.
                                                > >
                                                >


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                                              • Glenn Ferrell
                                                Nate: I find the language of the RPCNA Constitution a little ambiguous and slightly different from other Presbyterian denominations with which I m more
                                                Message 23 of 29 , Dec 5, 2008
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                                                  Nate:
                                                   
                                                  I find the language of the RPCNA Constitution a little ambiguous and slightly different from other Presbyterian denominations with which I'm more familiar.
                                                   
                                                  It does seem the Constitution uses language of the teaching elder elect "accepting" a call prior to completion of all ordination requirements.  I find this ambiguous as it presumes sustaining of any remaining exam.  In my experience, I would have termed this "indicating willingness to accept a call."  Indeed, there is a certain contingency remaining in your Constituion when it says: 
                                                   

                                                  Chapter 2.II.F.2.c, Page D-20 says: The date of ordination and/or installation is subject to the sustaining of his examination by presbytery.

                                                   

                                                  Language an OPC presbytery would have used would have included something like "approved contingent upon...."

                                                   

                                                  Again, there was no intention on my part to take from you the excitement of anticipating a call, ministry, and relocation.  I rejoice with you.  If I'm even in LA on a Lord's Day, I'll make an effort to worship with you.  I have great affection for the RPCNA, and probably more agreement with them that my own denomination.

                                                   

                                                  Glenn



                                                  J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                                                  To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                  From: nleshelman@...
                                                  Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 09:19:55 -0500
                                                  Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] Re: Los Angeles bound


                                                  Glen and others,

                                                  I was made able to receive a call by presbytery in August by the GLG Presbytery. September 1 the LA congregation called me to become their pastor. That call was passed to the PC Presbytery's Ad Interim Commission who approved the call and passed it on to the GLG Ad Interim Commission. The GLG AIC approved it as a call and passed it on to me. I recieved the actual call in hands a couple of weeks ago and accepted the call to LA.

                                                  Now, of course, I still have the ordination and installation exams, but even an ordained minister who was transfering to another Presbytery would have to pass these exams.

                                                  I see no problem with saying that I accepted the call- because I did. Can you show me in our Standards where it is not acceptable to use this language?

                                                  BTW, Glen, the church is in the Glendale area of LA. www.rpcla.org


                                                  Thanks.

                                                  Nate

                                                • Charles Barden
                                                  Rebuke taken... I was just concerned...and not having a good week. I take it all back and I apologize. However, I do feel that this issue is splitting hairs
                                                  Message 24 of 29 , Dec 5, 2008
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                                                    Rebuke taken...

                                                    I was just concerned...and not having a good week.  I take it all back and I apologize.
                                                    However, I do feel that this issue is splitting hairs and is semantical. 
                                                    Another, or better definition of legalism would be for one to place rules over the love that Jesus has for us.  Correct me if I am wrong, and maybe I am misunderstanding,  that you are saying that the presbytery must call someone in order to be ordained?  My father was a Lutheran minster but attended the Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville.  I myself am Reformed Baptist which may explain my position.  One can plainly read in Acts 13:1-3 that the HS is the only one that can call and He does call before the laying on of hands, not the opposite.  Again, correct me if I am wrong.  And forgive me for my zealous posts. 

                                                    In Christ,

                                                    Charles
                                                    ----- Original Message -----
                                                    From: "Jerry" <ragingcalvinist@...>
                                                    To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                    Sent: Friday, December 5, 2008 9:24:42 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
                                                    Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                                    So, according to your definition of legalism, where has anyone in this discussion asserted that there is no salvation outside of accepting the proper terminology and procedure of ministerial ordination and calling?

                                                    It's one thing to say that you think folks may be going overboard, but to accuse them of professing a false legalistic gospel, being children of scorpions, and being full of hate, is ridiculous and unbecoming of someone who has intentions of becoming a minister.  Temper your zeal.

                                                    By the way, this man you accuse us of hating has eaten, slept, and enjoyed a cheap cigar with me in my home, and is a wonderful fellow which I consider to be a friend.  You are the one stirring things up in this pot, sir.

                                                    gmw.

                                                    Charles Barden wrote:

                                                    forgot your other question...

                                                    Legalism is that which is defined in this statement..."You must do as I say or else you don't have salvation."  Ultimately, the claim being made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings.  This is why I say "clanging gongs."  In other words, the rules supercede the gospel which is what is happening in this case.  Why can't you just say congratulations to him and move on???  You are so full of hate for your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach the pulpit.  I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.

                                                    Sola Fide,

                                                    Charles
                                                    ----- Original Message -----
                                                    From: "gmw" <ragingcalvinist@...>
                                                    To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                    Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:43:44 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
                                                    Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                                    --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Charles Barden
                                                    <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                                    >
                                                    > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                                    So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                                    your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                                    ministry?

                                                    > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". >
                                                    Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                                    You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                                    accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                                    ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                                    gmw.

                                                    > In Christ,
                                                    > Charles
                                                    > ----- Original Message -----
                                                    > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@...>
                                                    > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                    > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                                    > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    > Nathan,
                                                    >
                                                    > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                                    process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                                    >
                                                    > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                                    there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                                    >
                                                    > -Ben
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@... >
                                                    wrote:
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    > Edgar:
                                                    >
                                                    > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                                    use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                                    speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                                    ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    > Glenn
                                                    >
                                                    > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                                    Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                    > From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                                                    > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                                    >
                                                    > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    >
                                                    > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                    > go to such
                                                    > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                    > profit";
                                                    > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                    > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                    > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                    > shall
                                                    > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                    > All
                                                    > > such boasting is evil.
                                                    > >
                                                    >
                                                    > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                    > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                    accept
                                                    > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                    > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                    > ordination
                                                    > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                    expectation to
                                                    > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                    > > scriptural principle.
                                                    >
                                                    > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                                    event?
                                                    > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                                    done,
                                                    > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                                    > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                                    > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                                    > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                                    > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                                    > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                                    > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                                    > Word.
                                                    >
                                                    > Just a thought, no more.
                                                    >
                                                    > Edgar
                                                    >
                                                    > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                                    > wrote:
                                                    > >
                                                    > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                                    > > > Nathan:
                                                    > > >
                                                    > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                                    years.
                                                    > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                                    > some
                                                    > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                                    > > >
                                                    > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                                    > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                                    > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                                    > > >
                                                    > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                                    > if
                                                    > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                                    > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                                    > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                    > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                    accept
                                                    > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                    > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                    > ordination
                                                    > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                    expectation to
                                                    > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                    > > scriptural principle.
                                                    > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                    > go to such
                                                    > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                    > profit";
                                                    > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                    > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                    > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                    > shall
                                                    > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                    > All
                                                    > > such boasting is evil.
                                                    > >
                                                    >


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                                                  • Glenn Ferrell
                                                    Charles: As the canon of scripture is closed, God no longer gives infallible utterances to individuals or groups. Individuals may have a sense of God s
                                                    Message 25 of 29 , Dec 5, 2008
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                                                      Charles:
                                                       
                                                      As the canon of scripture is closed, God no longer gives infallible utterances to individuals or groups.  Individuals may have a sense of God's calling; congregations may find a man meets the qualifications they need in a minister, and a presbytery may find him qualified and the call of the congregation in order.  All three are required to call a man as pastor. 
                                                       
                                                      Presbyterians believe the church only has authority to teach, preach, worship and govern as God has shown in his word.  No individual has autonomous authority.  Elders (teaching and ruling) function together with mutual accountability and shared authority in local congregations, with ascending courts providing oversight and a venue for appeals.  There are no Apostles today, and no lone rangers in Christ's church.
                                                       
                                                      Reformed Baptists are missing something of Christ's intention for his church.  There should be a plurality of elders in the local congregation and mutual accountability between congregations and elders assembled in presbyteries and synods.
                                                       
                                                      As this is a "Covenanted Reformation" list, we don't need to be shy about saying so.
                                                       
                                                      When was your father at at Louisville Presbyterian seminary?  I spent a year there and found it one of the more liberal mainline institutions.  I was persuaded to leave seminary for eight years.
                                                       
                                                      Glenn
                                                       


                                                      J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                                                      To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                      From: cbarden@...
                                                      Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 21:31:45 -0500
                                                      Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound


                                                      Rebuke taken...

                                                      I was just concerned... and not having a good week.  I take it all back and I apologize.
                                                      However, I do feel that this issue is splitting hairs and is semantical. 
                                                      Another, or better definition of legalism would be for one to place rules over the love that Jesus has for us.  Correct me if I am wrong, and maybe I am misunderstanding,  that you are saying that the presbytery must call someone in order to be ordained?  My father was a Lutheran minster but attended the Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville.  I myself am Reformed Baptist which may explain my position.  One can plainly read in Acts 13:1-3 that the HS is the only one that can call and He does call before the laying on of hands, not the opposite.  Again, correct me if I am wrong.  And forgive me for my zealous posts. 

                                                      In Christ,

                                                      Charles
                                                      ----- Original Message -----
                                                      From: "Jerry" <ragingcalvinist@ verizon.net>
                                                      To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                                      Sent: Friday, December 5, 2008 9:24:42 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_ York
                                                      Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                                      So, according to your definition of legalism, where has anyone in this discussion asserted that there is no salvation outside of accepting the proper terminology and procedure of ministerial ordination and calling?

                                                      It's one thing to say that you think folks may be going overboard, but to accuse them of professing a false legalistic gospel, being children of scorpions, and being full of hate, is ridiculous and unbecoming of someone who has intentions of becoming a minister.  Temper your zeal.

                                                      By the way, this man you accuse us of hating has eaten, slept, and enjoyed a cheap cigar with me in my home, and is a wonderful fellow which I consider to be a friend.  You are the one stirring things up in this pot, sir.

                                                      gmw.

                                                      Charles Barden wrote:

                                                      forgot your other question...

                                                      Legalism is that which is defined in this statement... "You must do as I say or else you don't have salvation."  Ultimately, the claim being made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings.  This is why I say "clanging gongs."  In other words, the rules supercede the gospel which is what is happening in this case.  Why can't you just say congratulations to him and move on???  You are so full of hate for your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach the pulpit.  I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.

                                                      Sola Fide,

                                                      Charles
                                                      ----- Original Message -----
                                                      From: "gmw" <ragingcalvinist@ verizon.net>
                                                      To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                                      Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:43:44 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_ York
                                                      Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound


                                                      --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com, Charles Barden
                                                      <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                                      >
                                                      > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                                      So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                                      your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                                      ministry?

                                                      > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian" . >
                                                      Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                                      You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                                      accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                                      ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                                      gmw.

                                                      > In Christ,
                                                      > Charles
                                                      > ----- Original Message -----
                                                      > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@ ...>
                                                      > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                                      > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                                      > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      > Nathan,
                                                      >
                                                      > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                                      process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                                      >
                                                      > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                                      there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                                      >
                                                      > -Ben
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@ ... >
                                                      wrote:
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      > Edgar:
                                                      >
                                                      > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                                      use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                                      speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                                      ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      > Glenn
                                                      >
                                                      > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                                      Boise, Idaho http://sovereignred eemer.org
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      > To: covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com
                                                      > From: puritanpresbyterian @...
                                                      > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                                      >
                                                      > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      >
                                                      > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                      > go to such
                                                      > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                      > profit";
                                                      > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                      > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                      > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                      > shall
                                                      > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                      > All
                                                      > > such boasting is evil.
                                                      > >
                                                      >
                                                      > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                      > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                      accept
                                                      > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                      > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                      > ordination
                                                      > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                      expectation to
                                                      > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                      > > scriptural principle.
                                                      >
                                                      > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                                      event?
                                                      > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                                      done,
                                                      > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                                      > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                                      > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                                      > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                                      > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                                      > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                                      > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                                      > Word.
                                                      >
                                                      > Just a thought, no more.
                                                      >
                                                      > Edgar
                                                      >
                                                      > --- In covenantedreformati onclub@yahoogrou ps.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                                      > wrote:
                                                      > >
                                                      > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                                      > > > Nathan:
                                                      > > >
                                                      > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                                      years.
                                                      > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                                      > some
                                                      > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                                      > > >
                                                      > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                                      > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                                      > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                                      > > >
                                                      > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                                      > if
                                                      > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                                      > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                                      > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                      > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                      accept
                                                      > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                      > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                      > ordination
                                                      > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                      expectation to
                                                      > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                      > > scriptural principle.
                                                      > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                      > go to such
                                                      > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                      > profit";
                                                      > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                      > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                      > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                      > shall
                                                      > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                      > All
                                                      > > such boasting is evil.
                                                      > >
                                                      >



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                                                    • Charles Barden
                                                      Glenn: I see your point and I agree that there are no more apostles. I also believe that there is no apostolic succession in the heretical RC. However, I will
                                                      Message 26 of 29 , Dec 6, 2008
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                                                        Glenn:

                                                        I see your point and I agree that there are no more apostles.  I also believe that there is no apostolic succession in the heretical  RC.   However, I will maintain my Reformed Baptist position on ordination as Spurgeon expounded it.

                                                        Anyway, my father was there from 82 to 85 or something like that.  I would have to ask him.  But I can tell you I was 9 when he stated that he recieved the call to go into the ministry.

                                                        Charles
                                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                                        From: "Glenn Ferrell" <jglennferrell@...>
                                                        To: "covenantedreformationclub" <covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com>
                                                        Sent: Saturday, December 6, 2008 12:32:09 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
                                                        Subject: RE: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                                        Charles:
                                                         
                                                        As the canon of scripture is closed, God no longer gives infallible utterances to individuals or groups.  Individuals may have a sense of God's calling; congregations may find a man meets the qualifications they need in a minister, and a presbytery may find him qualified and the call of the congregation in order.  All three are required to call a man as pastor. 
                                                         
                                                        Presbyterians believe the church only has authority to teach, preach, worship and govern as God has shown in his word.  No individual has autonomous authority.  Elders (teaching and ruling) function together with mutual accountability and shared authority in local congregations, with ascending courts providing oversight and a venue for appeals.  There are no Apostles today, and no lone rangers in Christ's church.
                                                         
                                                        Reformed Baptists are missing something of Christ's intention for his church.  There should be a plurality of elders in the local congregation and mutual accountability between congregations and elders assembled in presbyteries and synods.
                                                         
                                                        As this is a "Covenanted Reformation" list, we don't need to be shy about saying so.
                                                         
                                                        When was your father at at Louisville Presbyterian seminary?  I spent a year there and found it one of the more liberal mainline institutions.  I was persuaded to leave seminary for eight years.
                                                         
                                                        Glenn
                                                         


                                                        J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org






                                                        To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                        From: cbarden@...
                                                        Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 21:31:45 -0500
                                                        Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound


                                                        Rebuke taken...

                                                        I was just concerned...and not having a good week.  I take it all back and I apologize.
                                                        However, I do feel that this issue is splitting hairs and is semantical. 
                                                        Another, or better definition of legalism would be for one to place rules over the love that Jesus has for us.  Correct me if I am wrong, and maybe I am misunderstanding,  that you are saying that the presbytery must call someone in order to be ordained?  My father was a Lutheran minster but attended the Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville.  I myself am Reformed Baptist which may explain my position.  One can plainly read in Acts 13:1-3 that the HS is the only one that can call and He does call before the laying on of hands, not the opposite.  Again, correct me if I am wrong.  And forgive me for my zealous posts. 

                                                        In Christ,

                                                        Charles
                                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                                        From: "Jerry" <ragingcalvinist@...>
                                                        To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                        Sent: Friday, December 5, 2008 9:24:42 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
                                                        Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound

                                                        So, according to your definition of legalism, where has anyone in this discussion asserted that there is no salvation outside of accepting the proper terminology and procedure of ministerial ordination and calling?

                                                        It's one thing to say that you think folks may be going overboard, but to accuse them of professing a false legalistic gospel, being children of scorpions, and being full of hate, is ridiculous and unbecoming of someone who has intentions of becoming a minister.  Temper your zeal.

                                                        By the way, this man you accuse us of hating has eaten, slept, and enjoyed a cheap cigar with me in my home, and is a wonderful fellow which I consider to be a friend.  You are the one stirring things up in this pot, sir.

                                                        gmw.

                                                        Charles Barden wrote:

                                                        forgot your other question...

                                                        Legalism is that which is defined in this statement..."You must do as I say or else you don't have salvation."  Ultimately, the claim being made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings.  This is why I say "clanging gongs."  In other words, the rules supercede the gospel which is what is happening in this case.  Why can't you just say congratulations to him and move on???  You are so full of hate for your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach the pulpit.  I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.

                                                        Sola Fide,

                                                        Charles
                                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                                        From: "gmw" <ragingcalvinist@...>
                                                        To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                        Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:43:44 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
                                                        Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound


                                                        --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Charles Barden
                                                        <cbarden@...> wrote:
                                                        >
                                                        > I am confused...I thought the call came from God and not from me.

                                                        So if I show up among a group of people and say, "God called me to be
                                                        your pastor," such a call is sufficient for you to submit to such a
                                                        ministry?

                                                        > You are right when you say "this is so nauseatingly presbyterian". >
                                                        Legalism and clanging gongs.

                                                        You should now define legalism. You should also now show why
                                                        accurately articulating the Scriptural model of the calling to the
                                                        ministry is what you call legalism and the clanging of gongs.

                                                        gmw.

                                                        > In Christ,
                                                        > Charles
                                                        > ----- Original Message -----
                                                        > From: "Ben Hart" <benjamin.hart1@...>
                                                        > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                        > Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:22:56 PM (GMT-0500) Auto-Detected
                                                        > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        > Nathan,
                                                        >
                                                        > I wish you and your family the best, and that the installation
                                                        process goes in a way that is for God's glory.
                                                        >
                                                        > For everyone else, this is all so nauseatingly presbyterian. Surely
                                                        there are more profitable things to expend our energy on than this.
                                                        >
                                                        > -Ben
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        > On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Glenn Ferrell < jglennferrell@... >
                                                        wrote:
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        > Edgar:
                                                        >
                                                        > A minister, elder or candidate for a call should be careful not to
                                                        use language presuming what is not yet real. Though Nathan is probalby
                                                        speaking out of the excitement and anticipation of a move and future
                                                        ministry, he can not under current RPCNA polity have accepted a call.
                                                        >
                                                        >
                                                        > Glenn
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                                                        > J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
                                                        Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
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                                                        >
                                                        > To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
                                                        > From: puritanpresbyterian@...
                                                        > Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:58:14 +0000
                                                        >
                                                        > Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Los Angeles bound
                                                        >
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                                                        > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                        > go to such
                                                        > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                        > profit";
                                                        > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                        > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                        > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                        > shall
                                                        > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                        > All
                                                        > > such boasting is evil.
                                                        > >
                                                        >
                                                        > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                        > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                        accept
                                                        > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                        > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                        > ordination
                                                        > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                        expectation to
                                                        > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                        > > scriptural principle.
                                                        >
                                                        > But Larry, can he and we in general not plan for such and such an
                                                        event?
                                                        > Of course as the Lord wills, but can things not be scheduled to be
                                                        done,
                                                        > and in this specific case, things accomplished without the expectation
                                                        > that the outcome can only be one result? If elders are feeling
                                                        > pressured to vote one way, then shame on them if they cave in to that
                                                        > pressure, but I do not think that is the fault of the whole per se
                                                        > especially of the candidate. In the end there is always a pressure to
                                                        > vote the party line or what the majority holds instead of voting
                                                        > according to what one's conscience believes to be according to God's
                                                        > Word.
                                                        >
                                                        > Just a thought, no more.
                                                        >
                                                        > Edgar
                                                        >
                                                        > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com , Larry Bump <lbump@>
                                                        > wrote:
                                                        > >
                                                        > > Glenn Ferrell wrote:
                                                        > > > Nathan:
                                                        > > >
                                                        > > > Where is the RP Church in LA. I lived in the LA area for five
                                                        years.
                                                        > > > It is not an easy place for an Easterner to live; but there were
                                                        > some
                                                        > > > things I liked about it, especially the weather in January.
                                                        > > >
                                                        > > > I might caution you on your non-Presbyterian language used in
                                                        > > > describing your call. Can one under RPCNA polity "accept a call"
                                                        > > > before it and you have been approved by presbytery?
                                                        > > >
                                                        > > Technically he has not been certified eligible to receive a call, and
                                                        > if
                                                        > > he was actually forwarded a call by Presbytery someone messed up;
                                                        > > licentiates are not to be given a call.
                                                        > > He may have been informed of an intended call, and given an intent to
                                                        > > accept it; but he really should not have been called and cannot
                                                        accept
                                                        > > it; especially since he has not passed his final examinations. I have
                                                        > > never been comfortable with the practice of scheduling exams,
                                                        > ordination
                                                        > > and installation all at the same time. It puts an undue
                                                        expectation to
                                                        > > vote "sustained" upon the elders at the meeting, and violates a
                                                        > > scriptural principle.
                                                        > > James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow £we will
                                                        > go to such
                                                        > > and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
                                                        > profit";
                                                        > > 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
                                                        > > life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
                                                        > > vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we
                                                        > shall
                                                        > > live and do this or that." 16But now you boast in your arrogance.
                                                        > All
                                                        > > such boasting is evil.
                                                        > >
                                                        >



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                                                      • Leah & Adam Boone
                                                        ok...i am done with this list because of Mr. Bump...he is a grumpy bitter man who seems to look for opportunities to confront...of course he will pawn it off
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                                                          ok...i am done with this list because of Mr. Bump...he is a grumpy bitter man who seems to look for opportunities to confront...of course he will pawn it off as if he is guarding the truth...dude, we all have serious issues, it is called sin...lighten up
                                                          adam boone

                                                          On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 10:57 PM, Larry Bump <lbump@...> wrote:

                                                          Charles Barden wrote:
                                                          > forgot your other question...
                                                          >
                                                          > Legalism is that which is defined in this statement..."You must do as
                                                          > I say or else you don't have salvation." Ultimately, the claim being
                                                          > made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings. This is why I say
                                                          > "clanging gongs." In other words, the rules supercede the gospel
                                                          > which is what is happening in this case. Why can't you just say
                                                          > congratulations to him and move on??? You are so full of hate for
                                                          > your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even reach
                                                          > the pulpit. I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.

                                                          Dude, you have serious issues.
                                                          I haven't seen any hate on this list except for your posts.


                                                        • Larry Bump
                                                          What Mr. Barden has written was evil and bitter. He has repented of it, and it is no longer between us. I seriously do not see how you make this to be my
                                                          Message 28 of 29 , Dec 7, 2008
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                                                            What Mr. Barden has written was evil and bitter. He has repented of it,
                                                            and it is no longer between us. I seriously do not see how you make
                                                            this to be my fault.
                                                            No, I am not a bitter man, but sometimes I am too easily provoked by
                                                            others' sin. iIf I have somehow harmed you by this I beg your forgiveness.


                                                            Leah & Adam Boone wrote:
                                                            > ok...i am done with this list because of Mr. Bump...he is a grumpy
                                                            > bitter man who seems to look for opportunities to confront...of course
                                                            > he will pawn it off as if he is guarding the truth...dude, we all have
                                                            > serious issues, it is called sin...lighten up
                                                            > adam boone
                                                            >
                                                            > On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 10:57 PM, Larry Bump <lbump@...
                                                            > <mailto:lbump@...>> wrote:
                                                            >
                                                            > Charles Barden wrote:
                                                            > > forgot your other question...
                                                            > >
                                                            > > Legalism is that which is defined in this statement..."You must
                                                            > do as
                                                            > > I say or else you don't have salvation." Ultimately, the claim
                                                            > being
                                                            > > made is not of love but of strict "legal" rulings. This is why I
                                                            > say
                                                            > > "clanging gongs." In other words, the rules supercede the gospel
                                                            > > which is what is happening in this case. Why can't you just say
                                                            > > congratulations to him and move on??? You are so full of hate for
                                                            > > your brother that you would lob of his head before he can even
                                                            > reach
                                                            > > the pulpit. I am disgusted at these children of scorpions.
                                                            >
                                                            > Dude, you have serious issues.
                                                            > I haven't seen any hate on this list except for your posts.
                                                            >
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