Recourse in the PCA
Book of Church Order
But all things should be done decently and in order.
– I CORINTHIANS 14:40
It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord for saving by many or by few.
– I SAMUEL 14:6b
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.
By Nick Willborn:
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)…Discipline of both moral matters and doctrine is essential for a church to maintain her purity and unity. Once allowances are made, the church is poised for downgrade. Oftentimes the reason for moral and doctrinal decay is due to the inactivity of good men under a banner of “peace.” We should take ownership of our vows and call others to keep theirs for the glory of Christ, the sake of gospel witness, and the reclaiming of sinners. There is no genuine peace where doctrinal purity and unity is neglected.