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The Historical Development of the Book of Church Order

Chapter 13 : The Presbytery

Paragraph 8 : Of the Reception of Churches

13-8. The Presbytery before receiving into its membership any church, shall designate a commission to meet with the church's ruling elders to make certain that the elders understand and can sincerely adopt the doctrines and polity of the Presbyterian Church in America as contained in its Constitution. In the presence of the commission, the ruling elders shall be required to answer affirmatively the questions required of officers at their ordination.

DIGEST: The current PCA text dates to ______, and this provision is not found in earlier editions of either the PCA or PCUS Books of Church Order.

BACKGROUND & COMPARISON:
No comparable text in the following key editions and drafts:
PCA 1973, Chapter 14, Adopted text
Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Chapter 14, Proposed BCO
PCUS 1933, Chapter XV
PCUS 1925, Chapter XV

PCUS 1879, Chapter V, Section IV

PCUS 1869 draft, V-4
PCUS 1867 draft, V-4

COMMENTARY:
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order
(1898, p. ), on :
[no comparable discussion]


Chapter Index [links are to Paragraph 1 in each chapter]:
FoG..
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2
3.
4
5.
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
I. King & Head of Church
.§1.
§4
§5
RoD
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
II. Preliminary Principles
§1
§2
§3
§4
§5
§6
§7
§8
DfW
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
[FoG = Form of Government ; RoD = Rules of Discipline ; DfW = Directory for Worship]

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