Statements by the board of directors of the PLC

Statements by the board of directors of the Presbyterian Lay Committee

  • Presbyterian Lay Committee responds to Grace Presbytery’s defrocking of Joe Rightmyer (1/20/15)
    The board of directors of the Presbyterian Lay Committee unanimously condemns the action of Grace Presbytery and calls on the Synod of the Sun PJC to reverse the ruling and restore Rightmyer’s credentials as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Matthew A. Johnson, chairman of the board, says, “Not only is this a clear abuse of the discretion afforded to Grace Presbytery in this matter, it’s just downright mean. Not only does it wrongly punish our brother Joe Rightmyer, but it establishes a precedent for intimidation of all who might question the higher courts of the denomination. The PLC calls on fellow Christians to condemn the actions of Grace Presbytery and to pray that action will be taken to overturn this ruling and restore Joe Rightmyer to the office of teaching elder.”
  • Presbyterian Lay Committee Board of Directors repudiates action of the PCUSA General Assembly (6/19/14)
    The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved both an Authoritative Interpretation of the Constitution and an amendment to redefine marriage. In the name of 1.8 million Presbyterians nationwide, the General Assembly has committed an express repudiation of the Bible, the mutually agreed upon Confessions of the PCUSA, thousands of years of faithfulness to God’s clear commands and the denominational ordination vows of each concurring commissioner. This is an abomination.
  • Undermining the foundations (5/11/11)

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has just amended its constitution to allow the ordination of officers who do not restrict their sexual activity to the bounds of Christian marriage. By doing so the PC(USA) has undermined its own foundation of scriptural integrity. It contradicts not only Scripture, but its own Confessions. The PC(USA) has thus severed itself from “the faith once delivered to the saints,” practiced by the one holy and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

We greet you as brothers and sisters in Christ who are prayerfully aware of the fiduciary and moral responsibilities that you have been called to bear. Scripture compels members of our faith family to care for and counsel one another at all times, especially when circumstances challenge one’s fidelity to Biblical faith. It is in that spirit that we address you today acutely aware of the depth of emotion surrounding this issue on all sides.

We are grateful to the Lord that the PCUSA has upheld Biblical ordination standards of pastors, elders and deacons for a fourth time in 12 years.

  • A Call to Arms (07/08/08)

The 218th PCUSA General Assembly waged a frontal assault on Biblical Christianity. The assembly disregarded historic Reformed standards, undermined its Constitution and failed to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ with its actions.

Re: Louisville’s “privileged and confidential” documents by denominational lawyers on claiming local church property.

Re: Response to the actions of the 217th General Assembly

The Outreach Foundation and the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship form a missionary sending alliance dedicated to Christ-centered evangelism.

    The Presbyterian Lay Committee is endorsing a Presbyterian Coalition statement that calls a ruling exonerating a lesbian activist on charges that she violated the denomination’s constitution by marrying two same-sex couples “stunning for its disregard of Presbyterian constitutional law.”
    We conclude with regret that the Report has not given the church a consistently clear witness to the word of God. Taken as a whole, it constitutes a blend of truth and error that, if adopted, will undermine the church’s purity and exacerbate the denomination’s disunity. Indeed, it will promote schism by permitting the disregard of clear standards of Scripture and the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Re: Re-directing per-capita and mission contributions.

Re: Alexander Metherell’s petition to recall the 214th General Assembly

 PLC prepared resources for A Declaration of Conscience

Responding faithfully: Making decisions about financial support of PCUSA governing bodies in times of disorder

Re: Layman editoral “An apostate assembly”

Re: Confessing Church Movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Re: Loss of Amendment O which would have prohibited PCUSA ministers from conducting same-sex unions.