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1 Why am I not in Sunday School ? Siler Presbyterian Church - Serving Christ at the Crossroads

2 Monthly Information Sessions – 2 nd Sunday’s 1. Why has Siler chosen to enter the process? 2. What is Presbyterianism? 3. How has Siler responded in the past? 4. Where are we going? Pending meetings with the Charlotte Presbytery Siler Presbyterian Church - Serving Christ at the Crossroads What is going to happen ……

3 “Presbytery of Charlotte Commitment to Pursuing Reconciliation with Member Churches Seeking Dismissal from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)” Siler Presbyterian Church - Serving Christ at the Crossroads On November 8 th, the Session of Siler Presbyterian Church voted (12-0) to enter:

4 “Presbytery of Charlotte Commitment to Pursuing Reconciliation with Member Churches Seeking Dismissal from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)” Siler Presbyterian Church - Serving Christ at the Crossroads On November 8 th, the Session of Siler Presbyterian Church voted (12-0) to enter: W H Y ?

5 1. The mystery of the Trinity 2. The Incarnation of Jesus Christ 3. Justification by Grace through Faith alone 4. Scripture as our final authority 5. God’s absolute sovereignty 6. God’s election of the People of God 7. The Covenant life of the church 8. Stewardship of God Creation and resources 9. The idolatry of sin 10. The Call to obedience Siler Presbyterian Church - Serving Christ at the Crossroads Essential Tenets of the Reformed Faith

6 The Mystery of the Trinity Scripture John 14:6 “Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6 “Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” Matthew 16:15-16 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am? Peter answers this question by saying, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’” Matthew 16:15-16 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am? Peter answers this question by saying, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’” PC USA Over the past two decades The Jesus Seminar, which blatantly denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, has been invited to speak at PCUSA conference centers and has been published by the PCUSA funded publications. Over the past two decades The Jesus Seminar, which blatantly denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, has been invited to speak at PCUSA conference centers and has been published by the PCUSA funded publications. In 1994, The PCUSA co-sponsored “Celebrate! Gathering at the Crossroads,” an ecumenical student conference in St. Louis. The Bible Study leaders’ book for that occasion was Journeys by Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power. Here is a quote from that book: “Christ is a major problem for feminist theology. That problem has been born of an unholy trinity, father-son- holy ghost, that has cradled Christ in its patriarchal arms.” In 1994, The PCUSA co-sponsored “Celebrate! Gathering at the Crossroads,” an ecumenical student conference in St. Louis. The Bible Study leaders’ book for that occasion was Journeys by Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power. Here is a quote from that book: “Christ is a major problem for feminist theology. That problem has been born of an unholy trinity, father-son- holy ghost, that has cradled Christ in its patriarchal arms.” The 2006 study titled The Trinity: God’s Word Overflowing undermined our Trinitarian understanding of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Person of the Holy Spirit with such euphemisms as “mother, child, womb”. The 2006 study titled The Trinity: God’s Word Overflowing undermined our Trinitarian understanding of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Person of the Holy Spirit with such euphemisms as “mother, child, womb”.

7 The Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God Scripture Luke 1:35 “ The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 “ The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” John 1:14 “ The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 “ The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Colossians 1:15-17 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:15-17 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” PC USA Over the past two decades The Jesus Seminar, which blatantly denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, has been invited to speak at PCUSA conference centers and has been published by the PCUSA funded publications. Over the past two decades The Jesus Seminar, which blatantly denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, has been invited to speak at PCUSA conference centers and has been published by the PCUSA funded publications. In 1994, Kwok Pui-lan was invited to be the featured leadership seminar speaker at the PCUSA’s Stony Point conference center. She told her audience of presbytery leaders that our gods are the products of our own experiences. It follows, she said, that many experiences will generate many gods. This is no problem, she said, so long as one avoids “superior attitudes” and does not get hung up on “the myth of Christian uniqueness.” Kwok Pui-lan’s writings have been published by the PCUSA’s denominationally funded publishing house, Westminster/John Knox Press. In 1994, she was a featured author for Horizons, the official publication of Presbyterian Women. In 1994, Kwok Pui-lan was invited to be the featured leadership seminar speaker at the PCUSA’s Stony Point conference center. She told her audience of presbytery leaders that our gods are the products of our own experiences. It follows, she said, that many experiences will generate many gods. This is no problem, she said, so long as one avoids “superior attitudes” and does not get hung up on “the myth of Christian uniqueness.” Kwok Pui-lan’s writings have been published by the PCUSA’s denominationally funded publishing house, Westminster/John Knox Press. In 1994, she was a featured author for Horizons, the official publication of Presbyterian Women.

8 Justification by Grace alone through Faith Scripture John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Romans 3:22-25 “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” Romans 3:22-25 “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” Galatians 2:16 We…”know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.” Galatians 2:16 We…”know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.” PC USA In 1993, a conference entitled “Re- Imagining God” was funded by the PCUSA and planned largely by PCUSA personnel at denominational expense. At the conference, “worship” leaders denied the existence of a transcendent God, worshipped “the god within ourselves,” and exchanged the goddess “Sophia” for Jesus Christ, declaring that Jesus “was first born only in the sense that he was first to show us that it is possible to live in oneness with the divine source while we are here on this planet.”. In 1993, a conference entitled “Re- Imagining God” was funded by the PCUSA and planned largely by PCUSA personnel at denominational expense. At the conference, “worship” leaders denied the existence of a transcendent God, worshipped “the god within ourselves,” and exchanged the goddess “Sophia” for Jesus Christ, declaring that Jesus “was first born only in the sense that he was first to show us that it is possible to live in oneness with the divine source while we are here on this planet.”. In 1996, at the “Naming, Claiming and Re- Imagining Power” conference, heavily supported and funded by the PCUSA, the following prayer was chanted: “Bless Sophia, Dream the Vision, Share the Wisdom Dwelling Deep Within.” The conference theme promoted the idea that our salvation is achieved by discovering “the god within us,” rather than looking to a male figure [Jesus] who purportedly came from above. In 1996, at the “Naming, Claiming and Re- Imagining Power” conference, heavily supported and funded by the PCUSA, the following prayer was chanted: “Bless Sophia, Dream the Vision, Share the Wisdom Dwelling Deep Within.” The conference theme promoted the idea that our salvation is achieved by discovering “the god within us,” rather than looking to a male figure [Jesus] who purportedly came from above.

9 The Infallibility of Scripture Scripture 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” PC USA In 2010, the Rev. Landon Whitsitt, vice- moderator of PUCSA, declared, “Sola Scriptura is dead in most places and rapidly dying in others.” In 2010, the Rev. Landon Whitsitt, vice- moderator of PUCSA, declared, “Sola Scriptura is dead in most places and rapidly dying in others.” 1991 Presbyterian Women’s Horizon Bible study (funded by PC USA) issued the following statement that elevated human authority above scripture: “In obedience to the Bible, we sometimes must disobey a given biblical imperative”. 1991 Presbyterian Women’s Horizon Bible study (funded by PC USA) issued the following statement that elevated human authority above scripture: “In obedience to the Bible, we sometimes must disobey a given biblical imperative”. 1995 Miriam Theresa Winter, keynote speaker at Women’s Ministries Program Area of General Assembly Council stated that relying on scripture is like “peering at the universe through a straw”. 1996 Winter’s songs of praise to the pagan goddess Sophia were sung at a youth gathering at the Massanetta Springs Conference center. 1995 Miriam Theresa Winter, keynote speaker at Women’s Ministries Program Area of General Assembly Council stated that relying on scripture is like “peering at the universe through a straw”. 1996 Winter’s songs of praise to the pagan goddess Sophia were sung at a youth gathering at the Massanetta Springs Conference center.

10 The Substitutionary Nature of Atonement Scripture John 14: 4-6 “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14: 4-6 “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. PC USA In 1993, Delores Williams, speaker at the PCUSA-sponsored “Re-Imagining God” conference, declared: “I don’t think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff … we just need to listen to the God within.” In 1993, Delores Williams, speaker at the PCUSA-sponsored “Re-Imagining God” conference, declared: “I don’t think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff … we just need to listen to the God within.” In 2002, at a conference sponsored by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Anna Case-Winters, associate professor of theology at the PCUSA’s McCormick Theological Seminary, declared that the atoning death of Jesus Christ is an outdated doctrine. Winters has often declared that the atonement is an evil doctrine, because it is child abuse for a father to sacrifice his son, and the doctrine encourages such child abuse in today’s world. In 2002, at a conference sponsored by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Anna Case-Winters, associate professor of theology at the PCUSA’s McCormick Theological Seminary, declared that the atoning death of Jesus Christ is an outdated doctrine. Winters has often declared that the atonement is an evil doctrine, because it is child abuse for a father to sacrifice his son, and the doctrine encourages such child abuse in today’s world.

11 The Call to a Life of Obedience Scripture 1 Peter 1:2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: May grace and peace be yours in abundance. 1 Peter 1:2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: May grace and peace be yours in abundance. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” PC USA In 1987, the 199th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called for “the elimination … of laws governing the private sexual behavior between consenting adults [and the passage] of laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation In 1987, the 199th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called for “the elimination … of laws governing the private sexual behavior between consenting adults [and the passage] of laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation Stated in the 2006 Report on Peace, Unity and Purity (PUP), General Assembly: "Therefore, we believe the church should seek constructive, Christ-like alternatives to the 'yes/no' forms in which questions about sexuality, ordination, and same-gender covenantal relationships have been put to the church in recent decades." Stated in the 2006 Report on Peace, Unity and Purity (PUP), General Assembly: "Therefore, we believe the church should seek constructive, Christ-like alternatives to the 'yes/no' forms in which questions about sexuality, ordination, and same-gender covenantal relationships have been put to the church in recent decades." In 2010, for the fifth time, the PCUSA General Assembly voted in favor of submitting to the Presbyteries its recommendation to overturn the “fidelity-chastity” clause governing ordination in the Book of Order. In 2010, for the fifth time, the PCUSA General Assembly voted in favor of submitting to the Presbyteries its recommendation to overturn the “fidelity-chastity” clause governing ordination in the Book of Order.

12 What Should I Do Now? Scripture 2 Timothy 4:1-5 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

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