It is a long story but even after I came back to The Church I have retained ties with the Presbyterian church here in my town. This has made me aware of the changes in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). These changes lead to yesterday’s vote by one of the larger congregations in the PCUSA to leave the PCUSA and join a NEW Presbyterian denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Order (ECO) of Presbyterians.
I am starting this tread not to discuss the changes within the PCUSA or the decision by the congregation to leave the PCUSA but to discuss how the PCUSA decides matters of Faith and Morals. It is my understanding that the General Assembly (GA) is the governing body of the PCUSA. That the GA is made up of commissioners elect by the presbyterias, half being ministers, the other half elders. To my knowledge, there is no requirement for the elders to have any theological knowledge. I would hope the ministers have some theological training. It is also my understanding that at the meeting of the GA the commissioners are “attacked” by “lobbyists” trying to get the commissioners to vote their way. And that little or no theological arguements are presented to defend or oppose matters up for vote. Sound alot like how Congress make laws and you see where that got us.
Just seems not the way to decide matters of Faith and Morals.