From Pastor Russ: At last Tuesday’s Chesapeake Presbytery Meeting (the meeting of pastors and elders representing about 30 PCA churches in the Baltimore area), an overture was approved to be sent to the denomination’s next General Assembly (the annual meeting of representatives of all PCA churches). The entire overture will be posted to our web site, but the following excerpts may be helpful:
Whereas, a “continuing church” inherits not only the faith of the predecessor organization, but also the larger history of the Church from which its descends, whether that history is honorable or dishonorable; and
Whereas, the members of the PCA are increasingly aware that during the Civil Rights period, many of our founding denominational leaders and churches not only failed to support, but also actively worked against racial reconciliation in both church and society through sins of commission and omission, including: barring African Americans from worship services; misusing and twisting the Bible to support racial segregation; participating in and defending white supremacist organizations; and failing to speak out against state-supported segregation and to support efforts to secure access to basic human and civil rights;
Be it therefore resolved, that the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America does recognize and confess our church’s covenantal and generational involvement in and complicity with racial injustice inside and outside of our churches during the Civil Rights period; and
Be it further resolved, that this General Assembly also confesses our continued sins of racism and failure to love brothers and sisters from minority cultures in accordance with what the Gospel requires; and
Be it further resolved, that this General Assembly recommits itself to bear fruit in keeping with our repentance, seeking appropriate courses of action and reconciliation humbly, sincerely, and expeditiously, for the glory of God and the furtherance of the Gospel; and
Be it finally resolved, that the General Assembly urges the congregations and presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America to study this action as well as the PCA position paper on the Gospel and Race, to confess their own particular sins and failures regarding racial injustice as may be appropriate, and to seek to bring forth fruits of repentance for the Gospel’s sake within their own local communities.
[The overture was unanimously adopted.]