Presbyterian Church in America
– Faithful to the Scriptures –
– True to the Reformed Faith –
– Obedient to the Great Commission –
[The Presbyterian Church in America] affirmed “the system of doctrine found in God’s Word to be the system known as the Reformed faith.” That system was summarized in the Westminster Standards, and that doctrinal statement would serve as the basis of fellowship with all who would unite with the new church.
– SEAN MICHAEL LUCAS
By Marshall C. St. John:
The PCUS (Presbyterian Church in the US) is the mother church of the PCA. When the PCA was brought into existence in 1973 it was created by churches and elders separating themselves from the PCUS in order to found a Bible-based truly Christian Church. There are a number of reasons that these churches and elders left the PCUS:
- The PCUS denied the authority of the Bible.
- The PCUS required the ordination of women as elders and deacons.
- The PCUS defended abortion and funded abortions.
- The PCUS joined the National and World Council of Churches which support communism around the world.
- The PCUS defended Darwinian evolution.
- The PCUS was promoting sexual immorality to church youth.
- The PCUS opposed capital punishment of murderers.
- The PCUS welcomed some ministers who denied the virgin birth, and the deity and resurrection of Jesus, and refused to accept some ministers who believed in these doctrines.
- The PCUS was run by a political machine which excluded conservatives from influential posts.
- The PCUS redefined missions as social action, and downplayed evangelism and church planting.
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is the second-largest Presbyterian church body, behind the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the largest conservative Reformed denomination in the United States. The PCA is Reformed in theology, presbyterian in government, and active in missions. It is characterized by a blend of Reformed practice and broad evangelicalism.
The distinctiveness of the PCA lies in our stress on both reformation and revival. Without an emphasis on revival, “reformation” may become either a mimicking of political ideologies or sterile doctrinalism. Without an emphasis on reformation, “revival” may become a shallow pietism or mysticism. Only reformation and revival together can accomplish the Great Commission of our Lord.
By Sean Michael Lucas
“This is about far more than the PCA. This book is nothing less than a history of Presbyterianism in the twentieth century, with all its theological wrangling, all its political maneuvering, all its failings, and all its faithfulness. This is certainly a story worth telling, and Sean tells it very well.” – Kevin DeYoung