Friday, August 04, 2006

Presbyterian

When you hear the word "Presbyterian", what does it mean to you?

3 Comments:

Blogger Macaria said...

Hessed- it's the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Presbyterian. God's faithfulness to His Covenants of Grace. And the promises to us as families. Secondly, I think of how much of our freedoms are based on the faithfulness of our ancestors.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Jim Neff said...

To me, Presbyterian is a form of church government. My understanding of it is we have elected elders who are responsible for running the church (like Senators are for the United States government).

There are two main camps of Presbyterian churches in the United States. The first is whats called the "mainstream" presbyterian denominations. These denominations (PC USA comes to mind) are generally dead spirtually and have commited the sin of compromise with the World. The other main camp is the "reformed" presbyterian denominations (ARP, OP, PC in America comes to mind). Generally these churches follow a strict interpreation of the Bible and usually adhere to the Westminster confession of faith. Usually Calvinist (or sometimes Ultra-calvinists) are used to describe the reformed denominations as those who follow some (or all) of the teachings of John Calvin.

My wish is we could do away with all denominations and just call ourselves "christians". Instead we choose to align ourselves with man-made organizations and claim we are more spiritual than other christians because we belong to this organization or that one. We all belong to one body of Christ, why do we have to create artifical lines to seperate ourselves?

11:49 AM  
Blogger Pastor Terry Gorden said...

God's faithfulness, his promises to us as families, and our freedoms...very good comments!

8:33 AM  

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