PCA 37th GA - Overture 13 (What do you think of this? See Affirmation 6)

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  1. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

  2. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritan Board Doctor

    I like it!
  3. PresbyDane

    PresbyDane Puritanboard Doctor

    me to i :think:
  4. Michael

    Michael Puritan Board Senior

    Concisely put.
  5. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    There will be some hand wringing by the usual suspects, but I think it great.
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Puritan Board Doctor

    I can not open it, what is it?
  7. Michael

    Michael Puritan Board Senior

    Download and install software from Adobe first. It's free. You should be able to open it afterwards.
  8. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    This is it, sorry the format is messed up.

    1 OVERTURE 13 from the Presbytery of Grace (to OC)
    2 “Adopt Danvers Statement on Gender Issues”
    4 Whereas the 36th General Assembly chose not to appoint a study committee for the purpose
    5 of determining the question of ordaining women to the office of Deacon; and
    7 Whereas through its Overtures Committee as well as its Committee on Review of Presbytery
    8 Records, the 36th General Assembly gave the impression that the lower courts should
    9 discuss this and other related issues, with a view that a resolution of the issue might
    10 be forthcoming; and
    12 Whereas there is a need to give direction to our local churches as well as respond to the
    13 Assembly's suggestion; and
    15 Whereas there is a biblically based Statement on Gender Issues endorsed by Evangelicals
    16 and Reformed alike, which has been in circulation for more than twenty years;
    18 Therefore, the Presbytery of Grace overtures the 37th General Assembly to adopt the following
    19 "Danvers' Statement,” offered by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
    20 and modified as indicated below, as the Statement of Gender Issues of the Presbyterian
    21 Church in America.
    24 The Statement of Gender Issues of the Presbyterian Church in America
    25 An adaptation of the Danvers' Statement
    27 Rationale
    29 We have been moved in our purpose by the following contemporary developments which
    30 we observe with deep concern:
    32 1. The widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding the complementary
    33 differences between masculinity and femininity;
    34 2. The tragic effects of this confusion in unraveling the fabric of marriage woven by God
    35 out of the beautiful and diverse strands of manhood and womanhood;
    36 3. The increasing promotion given to feminist egalitarianism with accompanying distortions
    37 or neglect of the glad harmony portrayed in Scripture between the loving, humble leadership
    38 of redeemed husbands and the intelligent, willing support of that leadership by redeemed
    39 wives;
    40 4. The widespread ambivalence regarding the values of motherhood, vocational homemaking,
    41 and the many ministries historically performed by women;
    42 5. The growing claims of legitimacy for sexual relationships which have Biblically and
    43 historically been considered illicit or perverse, and the increase in pornographic portrayal
    44 of human sexuality;
    45 6. The upsurge of physical and emotional abuse in the family;
    1 7. The emergence of roles for men and women in church leadership that do not conform to
    2 Biblical teaching but backfire in the crippling of Biblically faithful witness;
    3 8. The increasing prevalence and acceptance of hermeneutical oddities devised to
    4 reinterpret apparently plain meanings of Biblical texts;
    5 9. The consequent threat to Biblical authority as the clarity of Scripture is jeopardized and
    6 the accessibility of its meaning to ordinary people is withdrawn into the restricted realm
    7 of technical ingenuity;
    8 10. And behind all this, the apparent accommodation of some within the church to the spirit
    9 of the age at the expense of winsome, radical Biblical authenticity, which in the power of
    10 the Holy Spirit may reform rather than reflect our ailing culture.
    12 Affirmations
    14 Based on our understanding of Biblical teachings, we affirm the following:
    16 1. Both Adam and Eve were created in God's image, equal before God as persons, and
    17 distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:18).
    18 2. Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created
    19 order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen. 2: 18, 21-24; 1 Cor. 11:7-9;
    20 1 Tim. 2: 12-14).
    21 3. Adam's headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a
    22 result of sin (Gen. 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor. 11:7-9).
    23 4. The Fall introduced distortions into the relationships between men and women (Gen. 3: 1-7,
    24 12, 16).
    26 In the home, the husband's loving, humble headship tends to be replaced
    27 by domination or passivity; the wife's intelligent, willing submission
    28 tends to be replaced by usurpation or servility.
    30 In the church, sin inclines men toward a worldly love of power or an
    31 abdication of spiritual responsibility, and inclines women to resist
    32 limitations on their roles or to neglect the use of their gifts in
    33 appropriate ministries.
    35 5. The Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, manifests the equally high value and
    36 dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women (Gen. 1:26-27,2:18;
    37 Gal. 3:28). Both Old and New Testaments also affirm the principle of male headship in
    38 the family and in the covenant community (Gen. 2:18; Eph. 5:21-33; Col. 3:18-19;
    39 1 Tim 2:11-15).
    40 6. Redemption in Christ aims at removing the distortions introduced by the curse.
    42 In the family, husbands should forsake harsh or selfish leadership and
    43 grow in love and care for their wives; wives should forsake resistance
    44 to their husbands' authority and grow in willing, joyful submission to
    45 their husbands' leadership (Eph. 5:21-33; Col. 3: 18-19; Tit. 2:3-5;
    46 1 Pet. 3:1-7).
    1 In the church, redemption in Christ gives men and women an equal
    2 share in the blessings of salvation; nevertheless, in accordance with
    3 the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, the offices of Elder (Ruling and
    4 Teaching) and Deacon
    are restricted to men (Gal. 3:28;
    5 1 Cor. 11 :2-16; 1 Tim. 2: 11-15). (See explanatory note below concerning
    6 the bold print.)
    8 7. In all of life Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women, so that no
    9 earthly submission—domestic, religious, or civil—ever implies a mandate to follow a
    10 human authority into sin (Dan. 3:10-18; Acts 4:19-20, 5:27-29; 1 Pet. 3:1-2).
    11 8. In both men and women a heartfelt sense of call to ministry should never be used to set
    12 aside Biblical criteria for particular ministries (1 Tim. 2: 11-15, 3: 1-13; Tit. 1:5-9).
    13 Rather, Biblical teaching should remain the authority for testing our subjective discernment
    14 of God's will.
    15 9. With half the world's population outside the reach of indigenous evangelism; with
    16 countless other lost people in those societies that have heard the gospel; with the stresses
    17 and miseries of sickness, malnutrition, homelessness, illiteracy, ignorance, aging, addiction,
    18 crime, incarceration, neuroses, and loneliness, no man or woman who feels a passion
    19 from God to make His grace known in word and deed need ever live without a fulfilling
    20 ministry for the glory of Christ and the good of this fallen world (1 Cor. 12:7-21).
    21 10. We are convinced that a denial or neglect of these principles will lead to increasingly
    22 destructive consequences in our families, our churches, and the culture at large.
    24 Explanatory note: In the original Danvers' Statement, Affirmation 6 contained the words
    25 "some governing and teaching roles within the church . . ." which have been replaced above by
    26 the words "in accordance with the teaching of the Holy Scriptures the offices of Elder (Ruling
    27 and Teaching) and Deacon . . . ."
    29 Adopted by Grace Presbytery at its stated meeting, 13 January 2009.
    30 Attested by /s/ TE Eugene C. Case, stated clerk
  9. ServantofGod

    ServantofGod Puritan Board Junior

    A Statement on the role of men and women in the Body of Christ. With emphasis on the role of Deacon being an office held exclusively by men in the church.
  10. WarrenInSC

    WarrenInSC Puritan Board Freshman

    You Go, Presbytery of Grace! - Suggested Alternative Overture (5&10) Committee Report

    Way to go Presbytery of Grace!:cheers2:

    To respond specifically to #5 & #10, I humbly propose the Overture Committee respond with a report including the following points:

    Point 1) Wide reaching 'Study Committee's' on broad issues like the role of women in the church are not the purpose of GA established Study Committees. The proposed Study Committee is more like a fishing expedition.

    Point 2) A Presbytery, or a group of Presbyteries of like concern, can get together anytime and create their own Study Committee that can come up with specific recommendations, then put them in the form of an Overture to petition GA to change the BCO anyway they think best. Then the specific proposals can be tested by the Brothers and Fathers at GA.

    Point 3) Such resulting Overtures / recommendations should NOT include anything to do with the ordination of women, or any wink-wink nod-nod immitation like 'installation' or whatever. Go join the PCUSA or EPC if you want to do that. This should NOT be about ordination or 'titles'.

    Point 4) It would be instructive to the church as a whole if such Presbytery level study committees would creat a SPECIFIC LIST of PCA polity and practice that prevents women from serving their proper role in the church. Maybe we can get down to brass tacks that way instead of endless vague overtures to GA.
  11. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor


    What do you believe is the purpose GA established Study Committees?

  12. WarrenInSC

    WarrenInSC Puritan Board Freshman

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