Thursday, April 4, 2013

Conservative Churchman Questions PCA's "National Partnership"

Conservative Pastor Andrew Webb, an associated friend of Greenville Seminary, has called into question the motives and purposes of a so-called National Partnership initiative within the Presbyterian Church in America.

Rev. Webb says in an online evaluation that he suspects the movement is designed to blunt the influence of conservatives, including some aligned with Greenville Seminary, within the denomination — or perhaps purge them altogether.

"Despite the manifest failure of conservatives to move the PCA in a conservative direction in matters of critical importance like creation, the National Partnership represents the second major group formed by PCA liberals and moderates to attempt to overcome our supposed influence," Pastor Webb says in an "Open Letter" to the organizers of the National Partnership."If your objective is to force conservatives out of the PCA, you will probably succeed. Many of us are already teetering on the brink of leaving," he said. He added that if liberals succeed in "making it clear that we will never be allowed to influence the PCA ... to remain on what we believe to be a Biblical and confessional path or hold positions in the denominational leadership," such moves "would probably be all that it takes to force us out."

Read his complete Open Letter hereAndy Webb is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church America and serves as pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, N.C. 

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