I will be anxiously following the conversation and information coming out of the Fellowship PC(USA) gathering that is happening very soon in Minneapolis. I will be watching as someone who does not believe the PC(USA) is “deathly ill” or that the passage of amendment 10-A was a departure from faithfully following God and the teachings of the Bible. I will also be watching as a Co-Pastor of a church that has had division and conflict over the passage of Amendment 10-A. This division has led to a significant number of people leaving our church, a decrease in giving, and the unfortunate but necessary release of two of our staff because of the decrease in giving.
One thing I have learned in the last several months is that if you are going to be part of a church then you need to be able to support the whole of the church and not just those people with whom you agree and are comfortable with. A body will tear itself apart if one group acts in a way that says, “We are following Jesus more closely than you.” Members of a body need to be able to say to one another, “I may not agree with your particular interpretation of Scripture on this matter, but I believe that you are a faithful follower of Jesus and are seeking God’s leading through Scripture as much as I am.”
My appeal to those going to the Fellowship PC(USA) event is that if you do seek to create a “new Reformed body,” while still remaining in the PC(USA), that you honor the intention stated on your website to do so in a manner that is a “mutually helpful association with the PC(USA) and its related institutions.” If your intentions are to remain as part of the PC(USA) then you must also affirm that those of us outside the Fellowship are also faithful, Biblical Christians who are just as committed to theological orthodoxy and following God as you are. It’s fine if you think that we have erred in our judgment, but it is not “mutually helpful” to impune our motives or our faith.
I hope and pray that this event can lead toward a way that is mutually beneficial and helpful for the entire PC(USA) to move forward, instead of a way that is only best for one group within our denomination.