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PCA Position Papers

I, for one, am thankful to be a part of a denomination that has many godly and knowledgeable men who care deeply about important theological and social issues. Many times when an issue is raised in the evangelical world, one or another theologian is appealed to for conclusive answers.  This can be helpful, but it lacks the collective wisdom of a unified body of biblical pastors and theologians. While we certainly hold men like Calvin, Turretin, Edwards, Owen, Warfield, etc. in the highest esteem for their theological contributions, we have the collective wisdom of the men who wrote the seventeenth Century Confessions and Catechisms to help us understand the uniformity of Protestant doctrine.  While they may differ on baptism or some other secondary issue, they agree on the Reformed Faith in its biblical and systematic coherence. In a similar  (though  not binding) way,  we have the collective wisdom of the men in the PCA, OPC, URC, ARP, etc. who have come together to consider issues, or challenges, that are not spoken to directly in those Reformed Confessions and Catechisms. Over its 38 year history, the PCA has dealth with several important issues, which include: Marriage and Remarriage, Re-Baptism, Spiritual Gifts (Cessationism vs. Continuationsim), Use of Alcoholic Beverages, Inter Church Relations, Paedo-communion,Views of Creation, Church & State Relations, Theonomy, Freemasonry, etc. The PCA Historical Archive Center has posted them all here. You can find a copy of each report below.

Message to All Churches of Jesus Christ Throughout the World [1973] ------------
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Re-Affirmation to Biblical fidelity and the "Message to All Churches" [1993] -------
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Abortion [1978] -------------------------------------------------------------------
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Agencies, Their Relationship to General Assembly ---------------------------------
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AIDS Task Force Report [17th General Assembly, 1989, 17-25, p.62] -----------
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Alcohol, Beverage Use of, [8th General Assembly, 1980, 8-69, III, p. 98] ---------
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Apostasy and Ecclesiastical Separation --------------------------------------------
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Archives Position Paper -----------------------------------------------------------
Baptism : ----------------------Click here to print all four baptism articles as one file4
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• Baptism and Non-Communing Membership (1977)------------------------------
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• Appendix P: Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)------------------
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• Appendices to the Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1845) -----------
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• Minority Report, Ad Hoc Committee on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)-
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Church/State Subcommittee Report (1987) :
• Click here to view or print Parts I - V of the Church/State Report as one file 4
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• Summary Positions
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• I. Biblical Historical & Contemporary Concepts of Church/State Relations, Kelly
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• II. Should the PCA Remain Incorporated?, by Douglas Kelly--------------------
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• III. Taxation and the Church, by Thomas O. Kotouc-----------------------------
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• IV. Education & Parental Responsibility, by R. S. Barnes and T. O. Kotouc ---------------
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• V. Propriety of Christians Non Violent Disobedience to the Civil Magistrate in the Abortion Controversy, by Mark Belz and Linwood Crowe-------------------------
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• Church/State Subcommittee Report, Summary Positions (1988)-----------------
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• Protest in Response to the "Summary Positions" Paper, by O. Palmer Robertson
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Church Union, Biblical Basis of ----------------------------------------------------
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• Guiding Principles for Ecumenical Relations -------------------------------------
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Conflict of Interest -----------------------------------------------------------------
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Creation, Report of the Study Committee (28th GA, June 2000, p. 119-212)
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Diaconal Ministries ----------------------------------------------------------------
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Divorce and Remarriage :
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• Introduction and Outline --------------------------------------------------------
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• Chapter 1 - Historical Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage ------------------
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• Chapter 2 - Scriptural Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage ------------------
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• Chapter 3 - Pastoral Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage -------------------
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• Appendix I - The Westminster Divines on Divorce for Physical Abuse ----------
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• Appendix II - Divorce Reconsidered, by RE David C. Lachman ----------------
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• Conclusion: Summary & Recommendations-------------------------------------- • Qualifications for Office of a Divorced Person (1979)---------------------------
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Evangelicals and Catholics Together, Response to ---------------------------------
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Federal Vision
• Report of the Ad-Interim Study Committee on Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies
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Fencing the Lord's Table ----------------------------------------------------------
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Freemasonry :
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• The Report of the Ad-Interim Committee to Study Freemasonry (1987) and • Report of the Ad-Interim Committee to Study Freemasonry (1988) ----------------------
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• Topical Summary of Document Sources ---------------------------------------------------
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Fund Raising Policy [M4GA (1976), page 80, 4-74, 5] ----------------------------
Heroic Measures ------------------------------------------------------------------
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Higher Education :
• Part I. - The Church's Role in Higher Education ------------------------------------------
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• Part II - Christian Education and Federal Aid ----------------------------------------------
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• Part III - Covenant College's Philosophy of Education -----------------------------------
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Homosexuality :
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• Overture No. 11, 5th General Assembly, 1977 --------------------------------------------
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• RPCES Report of the Study Committee on Homosexuality (1980) ----------------------
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• A Declaration of Conscience on Homosexuals and the Military --------------------------
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• Assembly Actions on the Matter of Homosexuality (1996) -------------------------------
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• 1999 Resolution regarding Homosexual Agenda -------------------------------------------
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Humanism -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Interchurch Relations :
• Resolution on Interchurch Relations (1973) -------------------------------------------------
• Policy Statement (1974) ----------------------------------------------------------------------
• Miscellaneous Addenda (1975, 1976, 1985, 1990)--------------------------------------------
• Conceptual Framework for Mission/Church Relations (1984)
• Report on Defining the Nature of Relations with Other Churches -------------------------
Joint Statement on Joining & Receiving --------------------------------------------
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Judicial Procedures, Ad Interim Committee Report:
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• "Principles of Judicial Process Derived from the Old Testament Scriptures," by Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Principles of Judicial Process from a New Testament Perspective," by Dr. Paul B. Fowler---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Church Discipline in Light of the Evidence of the New Testament," by Dr. T. David Gordon------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Shepherds as Judges: The Judicial Responsibilities of Elders in the PCA," by Dr. T. David Gordon-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "The Use of Commissions in the Presbyterian Churches in the United States of America," by Pastor Leroy H. Ferguson, III---------------------------------------------------
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• "Select and Annotated Bibliography on Ecclesiastical Judicial Procedures: Doctrines and Practices of the American Presbyterian Church," by Pastor David F. Coffin, Jr.------
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• Procedural Checklist for PCA BCO Rules of Discipline ------------------------------------
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Medical Insurance, Ad Interim Committee Report on Options for ------------------
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Mercy Ministry, Biblical Guidelines ------------------------------------------------
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Mission and Purpose of the PCA --------------------------------------------------
NAPARC's Agreement on Transfer of Members ----------------------------------
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Nuclear Age -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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Number of Offices :
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• Report of the Ad-Interim Committee on Number of Offices-------------------------------
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• Appendix A: Two Offices (Elders/Bishops, and Deacons) and Two Orders of Elders (Preaching/Teaching Elders, and Ruling Elders): A New Testament Study, by Dr. George W. Knight, III-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Appendix B: Ministers of the Word, by Donald A. Dunkerley------------------------------
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• Appendix C: Empowered to Serve, by Robert H. Kirksey----------------------------------
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• Appendix D: Biblical Study on "Ordination," by Don Clements-----------------------------
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Paedo Communion ----------------------------------------------------------------
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PCA Structure --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Pornography ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Dr. C. Everett Koop's 1986 Address before the 14th General Assembly
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"Psalm Singing," Report of the Subcommittee (1993)
Racial Reconciliation
Spiritual Gifts ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Pastoral Letter On Experience of the Holy Spirit in the Church Today -----------
Taxation ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Tax Group Exemption -------------------------------------------------------------
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Textbook Censorship, Resolution on
Theology of Stewardship ----------------------------------------------------------
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Theonomy ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Uniform Curriculum for Theological Education -------------------------------------
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• Guidelines for Theological Education --------------------------------------------
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Women in the Church (WIC) ------------------------------------------------------
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Women in the Military, Report of the Ad Interim Study Committee (AISCOWIM):
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• Final Report [M30GA, 30-54, p. 282 and 30-57, p. 283] --------------------------------------------------
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• Communications 1, 2 and 6 [M30GA, 30-57, pp. 287 - 289] ---------------------------------------------
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• Consensus Report 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, p. 259 - 278] ---------------------------------------------------
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• Final Recommendations 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 285] ----------------------------------------------------
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• Final Recommendations, 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, XI, p. 277 and M30GA, p. 286] -------------------
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• "Man's Duty to Protect Woman" [M29GA, 29-57, pp. 278 - 308] -------------------------------------
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• Minority Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] --------------------------------------------------------------
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• Minority Report, 2001, "Recommendations for the Wise Counsel of the Church" [M29GA, 29-57, p. 308 - 320] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Overtures 2, 21 and 26 [M30GA, 30-53, III, 7, p. 245; 30-57, 5, p. 287] --------------------------------
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• Supplemental Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] -------------------------------------------------------
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Women in the Presbytery Organization --------------------------------------------
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Worldwide Religious Persecution - Statement of Conscience of the N.A.E.---------
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