Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tex. PC(USA) Seeks to Leave National PC Office; Dallas PC Congregation Votes to Separate in Oct.

The leadership of the largest Texas-based congregation belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) has recommended that the church leave the mainline denomination, the Christian Post website reports today (September 28, 2013).

In a unanimous decision, the Session for Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) of Dallas approved a resolution recommending dismissal from PC(USA). With the Session's approval, the resolution will next go to the congregation for a vote scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 27.

William Montgomery -- spokesman for the Session at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church -- said there were many reasons for the recommendation. These include PC(USA)'s lack of core theological beliefs, disagreement over the authority of Scripture and salvation through Jesus Christ alone, and the impact of PC(USA) governance policy on the life of HPPC.

If approved by the congregation, upon leaving PC(USA), Highland Park Presbyterian plans to join the Evangelical Covenant Order (ECO) of Presbyterians -- a new, more conservative body. "The appeal of ECO lies in its evangelical theology, focus on local churches, and conviction to 'essential beliefs,'" explained Montgomery.

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