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A tale of two letters | May 3, 2014

Though no longer in the PCA, I do not cease to pray for my old church and denomination. This post should help explain why. Those of you reading this who still worship in the PCA – or any other Reformed body – take prayerful note and do not fail to pray for your pastors, elders, courts, and committees.

Green Baggins

Posted by Bob Mattes

The Founding

On 7 Dec 1973, a new denomination sent A Message to All Churches of Jesus Christ Througout the World from the General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church. The NPC changed names the Presbyterian Church in America shortly thereafter. The PCA had split from the liberal-and-becoming-worse PCUS. The Message to All Churches laid out the reasons for the split (similar to the U.S. Declaration of Independence) and served as a notice of the new denomination’s beliefs. At the top of the list stood the inerrancy of the Scriptures, and their role as “the only infallible and all-sufficient rule for faith and practice.”

Against the big-tent liberalism of the PCUS, our founders wrote:

We declare also that we believe the system of doctrine found in God’s Word to be the system known as the Reformed Faith. We are committedwithout reservation to the…

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