Pennsylvania Megachurch Votes to Leave PCUSA for Theologically Conservative Presbyterian Group
A Pennsylvania megachurch's congregation voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences on homosexuality and gay marriage.
About three-quarters of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem approved the measure yesterday that involved leaving PC(USA) for the more theologically conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
In a Facebook post to their official page, FPC Bethlehem noted that the measure to seek dismissal passed with 76.5 percent of the 1,048 voting members present approving it.
"We look forward to moving forward and recommitting ourselves to our first priority â€” continuing our 140-year commitment to Jesus Christ and serving the Lehigh Valley," posted FPC Bethlehem....
Tod D., I'm sorry I hadn't read your message sooner. Yes, all to often the leadership is self-perpetuating, which can be good in that they may not be influenced by less knowledgeable members of the church. But there are instances, which I hope they are few, in which, when the leadership strays, there's is absolutely no way to dislodge them when they insist in continuing in error.
It shows there's no perfect institution even ran in God's name -- until Christ returns.
The PCUSA is a more interesting organization than I thought, and really has roots that go back before the War between the States. There's a very interesting article in Wikipedia, [URL=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_School%E2%80%93New_School_Controversy]]]Old Schoolâ€“New School Controversy[/URL] of the PCUSA, which started in 1837! I would recommend this article to Presbys in particular, and most everyone in general who are on this board.
Surprisingly, on doctrine I would agree on the Old School, as I think many IFBers would as well, e.g., a dislike for [URL=http://tinyurl.com/hz32yz2]]]Revival in the Church--Do We Need It?/Is It Biblical?[/URL] and politcal works. So, like the Methodists this church has some centrifugal forces working towards tearing it apart.
So glad to be a member of an Independent Baptist Church. Self governing and faithful to the scriptures in how the church is to operate. With a pastor who preaches exogetically, verse by verse through entire books of the bible. We have been 2 years so far, in the book of 1st Corinthians. Our pastor was voted in by the congregation after a search and recommendation by the deacon board. He could be voted out if he was deemed to be leading the congregation in error, such as the PCUSA and other religious organizations are doing. God bless this congregation for standing up for the truth of the Word of God.
JacTrac wrote: Now it's time to purge out that 1/4 membership that voted to stay with the gay.
When you see votes like this, don't you wonder what a similar vote would be in your own home Church? I attend a very conservative Church, but I see the liberal ideas in the wings, way too often by the women in the congregation
This sounds so familiar; I think a similar group in the Los Angeles area left. The key question is...property...real estate, like Lucy says in that famous Charlie Brown Christmas show. A lot of money is involved in the ownership of the church's real estate. Even the local govt should sit up and take notice of any transactions involving a church changing the way its real estate holdings are labeled and owned. I've never heard of this denomination they are moving to, have you? How many other congregations does it have? Number of people involved? Where located?