The Council RED Keeps

RED Party Chairman, Dan Borvan, has just posted as a reply REDs stance on non-NAPARC institutions,

On a personal level, RED members support non-NAPARC churches in their desire to fulfill the Great Commission. We love LBC 1689 Baptists and their confessional drive. We hope and pray that they can have greater influence in the SBC and, of course, in ARBCA. We are also appreciative of Acts 29 with their attention to doctrine and a more serious Christianity. We are encouraged by their interest in historical theology and the Reformed tradition. We love to work with those individuals and others who are like-minded in various capacities on a personal level.

On an institutional level, however, RED is limited to NAPARC churches. It is not that we do not like non-NAPARC churches or that we do not recognize non-NAPARC churches. It is just that NAPARC has already built a foundation in that church-members have formal ecclesiastical union with one another. We can cooperate with non-NAPARC church-members on a personal level but we cannot have formal ecclesiastical fellowship on an institutional level because we do not have ecclesiastical relations. It is not about the personal relationships with our non-NAPARC friends at that point; it is about the institutional churches represented. RED works to accomplish goals on the institutional level.

We founded RED because we saw a need for NAPARC churches to dialogue toward greater ecclesiastical fellowship. These types of dialogues exist already in Acts 29, the Gospel Coalition, etc. NAPARC churches, however, do not have a great track record of working together to accomplish ecclesiastical goals, e.g. foreign missions, church-planting, pulpit sharing, joint services. Unlike Acts 29, TGC, and others, RED is intrachurch – we work within the bounds of the institutional church to execute ecclesiastical business.

We want to see the personal relationships that develop within RED help to bridge the gap between NAPARC churches. It would be great if two RED pastors began to swap pulpits, hold joint services, and do conferences together, – all with approval of their local session/consistory. Then they could go to their respective presbyteries/classes and persuade other pastors to work together in their cities. Perhaps they could even sponsor church plants or missions with other NAPARC churches at the regional level. These are all at the institutional level.

In sum, RED works within NAPARC churches to bring about ecclesiastical fellowship at an institutional level. On a personal level, we support non-NAPARC churches in their work to fulfill the Great Commission.

Not sure what RED is click here to find out.  Not sure what NAPARC is?  It is based on the following,

Confessing Jesus Christ as only Savior and Sovereign Lord over all of life, we affirm the basis of the fellowship of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches to be full commitment to the Bible in its entirety as the Word of God written, without error in all its parts and to its teaching as set forth in the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. That the adopted basis of fellowship be regarded as warrant for the establishment of a formal relationship of the nature of the council, that is, a fellowship that enables the constituent churches to advise, council, and cooperate in various matters with one another and hold out before each other the desirability and need for organic union of churches that are of like faith and practice.

Click here to find out more about NAPARC.

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