Are all CREC churches FV?

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Anglicanorthodoxy

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I know the CREC is generally linked with he FV, but are all CRÈC churches FV? There's a CREC church in Annapolis ( where I'll be going to college) It's called Christ Reformed Evangelical Church. I contacted their pastor, and asked him where the parish stands on FV. This is what he said

"As for the Federal Vision, our congregation has never identified with the movement, and there are only a handful of folks here that would even know what it is. I'm quite happy with what the Westminster Confession teaches on justification, and that's what is preached and taught here."

What do y'all think?
 

Jake

Puritan Board Senior
Not all are. I'd suspect that congregation is comfortable being in the CREC because of higher liturgy than most Presbyterians and practicing paedocommunion.
 

Edward

Puritanboard Commissioner
and practicing paedocommunion.
Article I.C. 1&2 of the Constitution on the congregation's website seems to suggest that the congregation doesn't practice Paedeocommunion. Which I found a bit of a surprise. http://www.crecannapolis.com/crec-constitution.pdf

I tend to be wary when dealing with followers of Pope (sorry, "Presiding Minister") Wilson, and would look for another church, but I do want to play fair with this congregation. There are a couple of English speaking PCA churches in the area; I'd look for the best of those.
 

Herald

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Khater, I am familiar with many of the churches in West Anne Arundel County. There are PCA churches in the area, as well as a Reformed Baptist Church in Gambrills. Message me if you want recommendations.
 

Pilgrim

Puritan Board Doctor
I know the CREC is generally linked with he FV, but are all CRÈC churches FV? There's a CREC church in Annapolis ( where I'll be going to college) It's called Christ Reformed Evangelical Church. I contacted their pastor, and asked him where the parish stands on FV. This is what he said

"As for the Federal Vision, our congregation has never identified with the movement, and there are only a handful of folks here that would even know what it is. I'm quite happy with what the Westminster Confession teaches on justification, and that's what is preached and taught here."

What do y'all think?
Ask him why they are in the CREC rather than a Presbyterian denomination if they are Westminsterian. What exceptions, if any, do they take to the confession?

If they are in the CREC, at the very least they are OK with being yoked together with FV churches.
 

Jake

Puritan Board Senior
Article I.C. 1&2 of the Constitution on the congregation's website seems to suggest that the congregation doesn't practice Paedeocommunion. Which I found a bit of a surprise. http://www.crecannapolis.com/crec-constitution.pdf

I tend to be wary when dealing with followers of Pope (sorry, "Presiding Minister") Wilson, and would look for another church, but I do want to play fair with this congregation. There are a couple of English speaking PCA churches in the area; I'd look for the best of those.
I must have spoken too hastily. I was trying to look for information on the pastor and saw the church listed on a site listing churches that practice paedocommunion (with the current pastor's name). But it's possible the list was not reputable or just was out-of-date.

Edit: Actually, the paedocommunion site had the pastor listed on the staff page, not the pastor listed in that PDF.
 

TylerRay

Puritan Board Graduate
Article I.C. 1&2 of the Constitution on the congregation's website seems to suggest that the congregation doesn't practice Paedeocommunion. Which I found a bit of a surprise. http://www.crecannapolis.com/crec-constitution.pdf
That's weird. Check out section F:
F. Covenant Communion
1. Who may participate?
The Lord’s Supper is for all the Lord’s people.We practice “covenant communion;” that is, we encourage all
baptized Christians (not censured under church discipline) to partake of the Lord’s Table and so commune
with Christ in His body. The Supper should be received by all baptized covenant members who are able to
partake of the bread and drink the wine, including young children being raised in the discipline and
admonition of the Lord.We deny that an artificial standard of age or mental capacity is consistent with the
Biblical basis for partaking of the Supper.
Under the headship of Christ, the responsibility for administering the sacraments remains with the session.
However, for those that differ with this view, the session shall defer to the view of the head of each
household, as to when their covenant children will commune.
I don't understand how this is consistent at all with the communicant/noncommunicant distinction in section C.
 

TylerRay

Puritan Board Graduate
As for the Federal Vision, our congregation has never identified with the movement
This is true for many CREC churches. They don't formally endorse the movement--instead, they teach all of its doctrines without ever using any of the buzzwords. Call it a "wolf in sheep's clothing" approach, if you like.
 

Edward

Puritanboard Commissioner
I must have spoken too hastily. I was trying to look for information on the pastor and saw the church listed on a site listing churches that practice paedocommunion (with the current pastor's name). But it's possible the list was not reputable or just was out-of-date.

Edit: Actually, the paedocommunion site had the pastor listed on the staff page, not the pastor listed in that PDF.
You could well be correct. I was looking for evidence of Paedocommunion myself when I ran across the constitutional provisions, and as I said, was surprised.

[strike]I can think of no legitimate reason for a non-FV church to be in CREC, but I haven't seen evidence that would support stronger accusations at this point.[/strike]
 
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Edward

Puritanboard Commissioner
:surrender::surrender::surrender:
That's weird. Check out section F:
OK, I stopped reading too soon. That was what I expected to see. And in the best FV tradition, things don't always mean what they say.

In recognition of being shown up by TylerRay, I'll doff my arrogance for the rest of the evening.

And everyone should probably bookmark this thread....

Edit to add :surrender::surrender::surrender::surrender:
 
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Mr. Bultitude

Puritan Board Freshman
This is true for many CREC churches. They don't formally endorse the movement--instead, they teach all of its doctrines without ever using any of the buzzwords. Call it a "wolf in sheep's clothing" approach, if you like.
And the thing is, from my understanding, that's not just the CREC approach toward FV, it's the FV approach to everything. Churches and individuals from that tradition (and I would unhesitatingly include CREC in the FV "tradition") are notoriously hard to pin down on what they actually believe. I would avoid any and all CREC churches, as their willing association with the FV movement makes their doctrine and doctrinal trajectory suspect.
 

Parakaleo

Puritan Board Sophomore
Churches and individuals from that tradition (and I would unhesitatingly include CREC in the FV "tradition") are notoriously hard to pin down on what they actually believe.
This made me think of a tweet from Peter Leithart from yesterday:

“The more precise you are, in general the more likely you are to be wrong.” -J.L. Austin

What???
 

TylerRay

Puritan Board Graduate
And the thing is, from my understanding, that's not just the CREC approach toward FV, it's the FV approach to everything. Churches and individuals from that tradition (and I would unhesitatingly include CREC in the FV "tradition") are notoriously hard to pin down on what they actually believe. I would avoid any and all CREC churches, as their willing association with the FV movement makes their doctrine and doctrinal trajectory suspect.
As someone who was involved with that movement in my younger (and more ignorant) days, I couldn't agree more.
 
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