Well Diane, I guess you just have a personal grievance. Glad you found a good church home.
Originally posted by LadyCalvinist
As someone who worshipped with the Albany Steelites for nearly a year I'd thought I should say a few things.
When I started out with them I really didn't know what I had got myself into. Right after I attended my first worship service with them, I immediatley had someone sit down with me and explain EP, why it was wrong to celebrate Christmas and other matters. At first I was impressed with them, here were people who knew about Gillespie, Rutherford, and all the old Puritan and Covenanter divines, but after a while I began to see things differently. They talked more of what some Presbyterian said than what the Bible said. They major in minors and have forgotten that mercy, love, and patience particularly with weaker brothers, matters.
I had a Steelite tell me it would be a "sin" for me to attend a PCA or OPC church. Excuse me, but some of the godliest people I know are in those denominations. When I was about to graduate from SUNY Albany, a Steelite asked me what I was going to do about church. I said I was seriously considering the RPCNA, a denomination that is probably the closest in most respects to them, and the woman was horrified. She said "But they don't worship right!" They told me that the only acceptable alternative to worshipping with them in Albany was to worship at home by myself. I was dismayed to say the least, and at that point I decided I had had enough.
They believe that because of their stance on the SL&C, they are THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH and it is wrong to worship with anyone else. They definitely have a form of godliness, but the more I read of them the more perturbed I am. They have a perfectionist view of the church. I was shocked to read that they have excommunicated Nathan Price who is the son of Pastor Greg Price.
The first time I ever stepped foot in an RPCNA church, after the service the pastor held up a book and asked me if I had read it. It was C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity. In other words, he wanted to know if I was a Christian. I told him I had read the book.
I am now happily with the RPCNA.