What can be done if an entire presbytery falls to error?

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Puritan Board Senior
Simple question out of pure interest for Presbyterian brethren. What can a denomination actually do if an entire presbytery is ruined by false doctrine? Does it differ from one group to another - PCA/OPC etc?


Vanilla Westminsterian
Staff member
The General Assembly can act. It can use BCO 34-1:

34-1. Process against a minister shall be entered before the Presbytery of
which he is a member. However, if the Presbytery refuses to act in doctrinal
cases or cases of public scandal and two other Presbyteries request the
General Assembly to assume original jurisdiction (to first receive and
initially hear and determine), the General Assembly shall do so.

As an ultimate matter, the denomination can kick the entire Presbytery out of the denomination.
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