A Presbyterian layman shares his concerns
The United Presbyterian Church, in which I was raised and my father before me and his father before him, is being taken away from me by The Establishment—the staffs of the various headquarters, boards, and agencies that make up the hierarchy of our church. I am being deprived of my Presbyterian birthright, my religious heritage, as originally written in statements of belief that were rooted in the Reformation and signed and sealed myriad times over by dedicated laymen and clergy who have continued their belief in the Bible. Now this heritage is being subverted by a new statement of belief—the “Confession of 1967.”
We of the Presbyterian faith still believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice, the revelation of salvation through the grace of God and of the spiritual rebirth of the individual. But The Establishment by and large does not fully believe this and has made its unbelief our church’s official position.
We still believe the Bible when it says that Jesus Christ, as one member of the Godhead, came to earth as the divine Son of God through the Virgin Mary. But The Establishment apparently does not subscribe to this belief.
We still believe the Bible when it reveals that Christ’s kingdom on earth is not material but spiritual, and that the true mission of the Church is to preach the good news of the Resurrection to the end that each person will be reborn and thus will love and serve his neighbor. But the “Confession of 1967” does not follow this divine plan. Christ’s plan is to change people through the power of the Holy Spirit. The new plan is to change things through the intellect and power of the church hierarchy.
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