Split from South Atlantic Presbtery votes to leave the BPC Synod

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  1. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior

    Josiah

    What are the reasons that they have voted to leave? Are they planning on uniting with another body- or just adding to the obnoxiously growing list of Presbyterian denominations?
     
  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    Evidently the reason for leaving was warm feelings toward and possible ecclesiastical relations with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
     
  3. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior

    They should have thought about that 70 years ago! I hope that it happens though.

    Isn't the BPC premil and kind of 'fundy'? How is that going to work in the OPC?
     
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    Fraternal relations aren't the same as organic church unity i.e. a merger. The OPC has fraternal relations with the RPCNA for example, and the other NAPARC churches.
     
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  5. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior

    They could not have 'relations' without leaving the BPC?
     
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    My understanding is that the South Atlantic Presbytery opposes the closer relations with the OPC and thus is separating from the BPC Synod.
     
  7. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior

    :wow:
     
  8. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior


    Yes, they are premillennial and have a slightly different view of the covenant, so it will be interesting to see how they reconcile that if they do join the OPC.
     
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    There is no talk of "joining" the OPC, which would be problematic for the reasons stated and others.

    What is contemplated is fraternal relations with the OPC the way the PCA, RPCNA, ARP etc. have fraternal relations with the OPC.
     
  10. JTDyck

    JTDyck Puritan Board Freshman

    Actually, the BPC has been in corresponding relations with the OPC since 2003. We have exchanged delegates to our Synod / General Assembly since then. Because of some concerns expressed early on, the two denoms agreed that while we might not want full fraternal relations, we would begin with corresponding relations.

    I appreciate those who are praying. This is a very difficult time and there are a number of issues that will need to be cleared up.
     
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    Thank you for clearing things up, Rev. Dyck, especially with regard to the difference between corresponding relations and fraternal relations.
     
  12. Josiah

    Josiah Puritan Board Senior

    The reasons are many and I wont discuss some openly here. I will say that some feel the same way about the OPC that Mark Evans, and Paul Elliott feel.
    They believe that we are infested with Neo-liberalism and that being in fraternal relations with us is a violation of their views of the degrees of ecclesiatical seperation. From my own sources I would Guess that they would probably lean toward the ERPC or the Hanover Presbytery. It would surprise me if they remained autonomous
     
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  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    Based on the BPC website, it looks like there are 10 churches in the S. Atlantic Presbytery. The website shows 25 churches overall.
     
  14. Josiah

    Josiah Puritan Board Senior

    I wonder if the congregations within the South Atlantic Presbytery voted to leave, or whether the presbytery made that decision.
     
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