(Fifth in a series.)

The Session of Tenth Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in America) has betrayed their trust to guard their sheep. For them to present themselves now as “lovers” of their sheep and the adults in the room who can be trusted—making this claim in the wake of (only) their most recent scandal of Goligher’s abandonment of his call—is ludicrous and should immediately be shut down by both the congregation and Philadelphia Presbytery (BCO 11-4). For the protection of Tenth’s sheep. For the protection of the Name of Christ.

Whatever the elders thought they were calling a congregational meeting to act on, members of Tenth’s congregation must not let them continue to lead.

The congregation of Tenth needs to call its own special congregational meeting (BCO 25-2) for the purpose of requesting the resignations of the entire board of elders, and also to petition presbytery (BCO 15-3) to serve as an “interim session” (BCO 15-1) or to appoint a judicial commission of presbytery:

Among the matters that may be properly executed by commissions are the taking of the testimony in judicial cases, the ordination of ministers, the installation of ministers, the visitation of portions of the church affected with disorder, and the organization of new churches. (BCO 15-2)

Don’t wait. Get a group together to sign such a call for a special congregational meeting for these purposes above. Get that meeting scheduled prior to the postponed meeting the elders say they’re going to call sometime in the future.

The session is focussed on control and their own reputations. They tell you they love you, but you love them and would prove your love for them by requesting their resignations. Their decades-long incompetence and lies are a national scandal needing immediate correction. The G.R.A.C.E. Report documents a good bit of it.

Yes, it will be painful, but get it done.

These BCO provisions cited above have a purpose, and if Tenth’s present scandalous condition doesn’t rise to the level of qualifying for the use of these provisions (calling in the higher authority to handle the scandals), no church scandal ever will.

Session should have been replaced long ago. That they haven’t yet is the real scandal at Tenth and in all of Philadelphia Presbytery, now—not Ryken/Jones or the Goligher/GRACE Report.

And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. Acts 15:2

(Fifth in a series.)


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