Over the PCA’s 47 year history, hundreds of churches have chosen to withdraw from the PCA for a variety of reasons. BCO 25.8-11 makes it abundantly clear that the PCA, from its inception, chose to enshrine in its Constitution the principle of granting congregations full rights over their own property and the liberty to choose their ecclesiastical affiliation. The intent of this principle in BCO 25 was not only to give liberty of property and affiliation to local congregations, but also intended to prohibit higher courts from imposing any unwarranted burdens on them. This promise is stated as a “solemn covenant” between the PCA and its member churches.
Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) are voting on a number of proposed amendments to the Book of Church Order (BCO). As they consider the proposed amendment to BCO 25-11, here are reasons for Presbyteries to vote against amending this provision.
Reasons - BCO
There are no urgent, necessary, historical, structural, compelling or rational reasons to amend BCO 25-11.
In 2017, on a similar type of amendment, Presbyteries in the PCA voted “NO” on amending BCO 25-3, which would have increased the quorum for congregation meetings when the purpose of the meeting was to consider withdrawing from the PCA. The bottom line effect of amending BCO 25-11 would be the same: Restricting and abridging local congregations of their right to determine their denominational affiliation.
Amendment - PCA - General - Assembly - Time
In 2018 another amendment was proposed by the PCA General Assembly to try one more time to restrict the freedom of PCA churches to determine whether to remain or withdraw from the Church. This time the restriction is tied to amending BCO 25-11.
While it may appear as a small, almost insignificant amendment, in reality it is another significant attempt to restrict local churches from determining their affiliation.
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