Firm Foundation Partnership

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They are upsetting the faith of some. But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

— II TIMOTHY 2:18b-19

What is the Firm Foundation Partnership? We are a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida. FFP is endorsed and supported by the session of CPC, and is accountable to that session. We seek to glorify God while calling the Presbyterian Church in America back to its Reformed roots: the Bible and that time-tested and excellent summary of Biblical doctrine, the Westminster Confession of Faith & Catechisms. FFP is presently addressing progressive and liberal activities undermining the worship, doctrine, and work of our denomination.

Commission to Ruling & Teaching Elders

by David McWilliams

O. Palmer Robertson: The ruling elder gave birth to the Presbyterian Church in America. Not the preachers but the ruling elders. When the ministers were too cautious to take decisive action, the ruling elders took the lead. They formed the organizations and called the meetings that eventually led to the formation of the PCA.

 

Now the ruling elder must devote himself to diligence in maintaining this great church. If the PCA is to realize fully its unique opportunities in the needy world today, ruling elders must show their commitment and concern by consistent involvement at every level of the church’s life. Particularly at the General Assembly, the ruling elder must be present, and he must be heard. He who rules must do so with diligence. The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.

What are we to do with those who practice wrong teaching(s) or falsehood(s)? Paul says, “If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother” (2 Thess. 3:14,15). Again, Paul warns the elders of the church at Ephesus: “from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:30). It is obvious from these select passages that anyone who teaches, or practices wrong doctrine is to be dealt with or disciplined. The church is to do so with a “spirit of gentleness” with the goal of restoring the brother to moral and/or doctrinal purity (Gal. 6:1–5).

It is no wonder, then, that liberalism is totally different from Christianity, for the foundation is different. Christianity is founded upon the Bible. It bases upon the Bible both its thinking and its life. Liberalism on the other hand is founded upon the shifting emotions of sinful men.

– J. GRESHAM MACHEN