Overture asks PCA General Assembly to Direct SJC to Rehear the Leithart Case

Illiana Presbytery requests the 41st General Assembly to direct the Standing Judicial Commission to rehear case 2012-05 (RE Gerald Hedman v. Pacific Northwest Presbytery)

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13 Comments on “Overture asks PCA General Assembly to Direct SJC to Rehear the Leithart Case”


  1. I’m slow…so this would mean a retrial? Not just a re-examination of the rejected complaint?

  2. Jake Says:

    What good is church authority if you only practice it when you agree with the church (PCA)? Seems to me like you guys are the ones in rebellion by not submitting to the rulling of the PCA on this matter It seems that you are placing your interpretation of scripture above the interpreation of your elders. How is that right?

  3. Sean Gerety Says:

    Because my elders are wrong. There is only one gospel and Pete Leithart doesn’t preach it.

  4. Hugh McCann Says:

    Patrick,

    Yes, to your first query – it’s request for a retrial of P. Leithart:

    Whereas, the SJC did not determine whether the accused [P.L.] is guilty of holding and teaching views that are in conflict with the system of doctrine taught in the Westminster Standards, rendering judgment instead on whether the Complainant [Hedman] demonstrated such a conflict, thereby failing to fulfill its duty to interpret and apply the Constitution of the PCA according to its best abilities and understanding (BCO 39-4); and

    Whereas>, the BCO 15-5.a permits the General Assembly to “direct the Standing Judicial Commission to retry a case if upon review of its minutes exceptions are taken with respect to that case”;

    Therefore, be it resolved that Illiana Presbytery hereby overtures the 41st General Assembly to direct the Standing Judicial Commission to rehear case 2012-05 (RE Gerald Hedman v. Pacific Northwest Presbytery) in accordance with the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America.
    ———————–
    Charges against P. Leithart:

    1. Baptism – That TE Leithart in his views and teachings contradicts both the Westminster Standards and Scripture by attributing to the sacrament of baptism saving benefits such as regeneration, union with Christ, and adoption (WCF 28:5-6 and John 1:12-13; Rom 2:28-29; Heb 4:2; Heb 11:6).

    2. Covenants – That TE Leithart in his views and teachings rejects the covenant of works/covenant of grace structure set forth in Scripture and in the Westminster Standards (WCF 7:2-3, 5-6; WLC 20 and Gen 2:16-17; Hosea 6:7; Rom 5:12-14; 1 Cor 15:21-22; Gal 3:12).

    3. Imputation – That TE Leithart in his views and teachings rejects the teaching of Scripture and the Westminster Standards that the obedience and satisfaction of Christ are imputed to the believer (WCF 8:5; WCF 11:3 and Rom 4:1-8; Rom 5:17-18).

    4. Justification – That TE Leithart in his views and teachings fails, contrary to Scripture and the Westminster Standards, to properly distinguish justification from sanctification (WLC 69, 75, 77 and Rom 3:28; Rom 4:4-8; Rom 12:1; Titus 3:4-8).

    5. Union – That TE Leithart in his views and teachings contradicts Scripture and the Westminster Standards by teaching that people may be truly united with Christ and receive saving benefits from him, and yet fall away from Christ and lose those saving benefits (WLC 65-66, 69, 79 and John 6:38-40; John 10:28-29; Rom 8:28-39; Phil 1:6; Heb 7:25).
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  5. LJ Says:

    I thought you all might find this interesting:

    http://www.scu.edu/news/features.cfm?c=9340

    LJ

  6. Hugh McCann Says:

    LJ – I don’t get it. Go Broncos?

    How do “Graduates of Jesuit institutions well represented in the 112th U.S. Congress and Obama Administration,” impact the PCA’s follies?

    Please connect the dots, bro.

  7. Hugh McCann Says:

    *NOW* they’ll surely get to the bottom of all this! The cavalry is a-comin’!

    Therefore, be it resolved that Illiana Presbytery hereby overtures the 41st General Assembly to direct the Standing Judicial Commission to rehear case 2012-05 (RE Gerald Hedman v. Pacific Northwest Presbytery) in accordance with the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America.

  8. LJ Says:

    Hugh,
    I posted it in the wrong spot. Sorry. Not sure where but thought this was “uncategorized” and would work – I was wrong.

    BTW, little if anything at this stage will help the PCA’s follies besides wholesale repentance.

    But elected representatives or appointed bureaucrats couched in Jesuit philosophy won’t help our government either.

    LJ

  9. Hugh McCann Says:

    Thanks, LJ. But I was able to use it to depict the sorry state of politics in the USA. 😦

  10. LJ Says:

    I’ve been keeping one eyeball on the Jesuits for years since I read the sorry and sordid history of the society of Jesus. I’m generally not a conspiracy kind of guy but I can’t help think they, along with their father the devil, have a long term plan.

    Funny, you ask most anyone about the Jesuits and you get either a positive opinion or a blank stare. What I’ve read gives me the creeps.

    Sorry to intrude on the equally sordid tale of the PCA.

    LJ

  11. Hugh McCann Says:

    LJ …. ?

    LJ?!


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