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Continuing Presbyterian Church, Records
Record Group # 8

Boxes 252 and 254
Content Summary:
Span Dates:
Size: 2 cu. ft.
Access Restrictions: None
Collection Citation: Continuing Presbyterian Church, Records, Box __, Folder __: item description, PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, MO.
Related Collections:

Presbyterian Churchmen United; Concerned Presbyterians; Presbyterian Journal; Presbyterian Evangelistic Foundation.
Organizational Sketch: The following account provides the background of the Steering Committee of the Continuing Presbyterian Church. This document appears to have been published at about the time of the formation of the Presbyterian Church in America, late in 1973. All editorial additions are enclosed in brackets and printed in black type.

HOW THE STEERING COMMITTEE CAME TO BE

When the presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in the United States voted down union with the more liberal Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1954, those who were determined to have union at any cost began working to effect union by varied, and sometimes unconstitutional, means.

These radical ecumenists greatly deflected the teachings of the four seminaries of the denomination away from commitment to the Bible as the verbally inspired Word of God and from the defense of the Westminster Standards of our church. Mostly by a faulty interpretation of the seventeenth chapter of John, young ministers were taught organic union of church organizations as a great Christian ideal and changing of the social and political order as the mission of the church. The radical ecumenists by 1960 had taken control of most of the church and were continuing a steady well-planned drive towards a "watered down" theology and the ultimate in church union as expressed in the Consultation on Church Union (a kind of American super-church).

There were, however, those within the denomination who still believed that the Bible was the Word of God, in constitutional church government and the great Reformed doctrines set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith. The Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Journal has constantly stood for the faith "once delivered unto the saints." [The Journal, originally The Southern Presbyterian Journal, was formed in 1942 by L. Nelson Bell as a means of fighting the encroachment of liberalism with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.]

About sixteen years ago [1958] ministers and lay people recognizing that the denomination had forsaken its mission in evangelism, organized Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. Having now some dozen evangelists, PEF has constantly furthered the spiritual mission of the church.

Christian laymen, concerned because the church had deviated from the faith, organized Concerned Presbyterians approximately seven years ago [1965]. This great lay organization has been dedicated to the formation of a continuing church true to God's Word and loyal to historic presbyterian doctrine and polity.

Approximately four years [1969] ago between six and seven hundred ministers signed a Declaration of Commitment pledging themselves to do whatever was necessary to maintain our presbyterian faith. They were joined by the sessions of many churches. These ministers and church sessions organized themselves as Presbyterian Churchmen United.

Thus, over a period of time God raised up a witness for His Word and the Reformed Faith in these four conservative groups.

Since they had the same beliefs and goals, it was quite natural that these four groups came together in coalition and organized in [the summer of] 1971 a Steering Committee for a Continuing Presbyterian Church. The Steering Committee consists of three representatives from each of the member organizations.

Recognizing that the radical ecumenists have divided the church and are determined to liquidate the Presbyterian Church U.S., the Steering Committee is determined by God's help to continue in America a Presbyterian Church faithful to Scripture and the Reformed Faith and obedient to the Great Commission.

Any ministers or laymen who feel in their hearts a like dedication are invited to contact the Office of the Administrator, Post Office Box ____, Perry, Georgia, ______.

 

Paul Settle's garage in Montgomery, AL
First Adminstrative office of the
Continuing Presbyterian Church
[photograph by Ron Wright, Montgomery, AL]
Finding Aid is normally located in folder number 1 of each box.

Subject

Box

File

Administration Committee Meeting September 1973

252

02

Advisory Convention

252

03

Advisory Convention, Folder 1

254

02

Advisory Convention, Folder 2

254

03

Advisory Convention, News articles and correspondence

254

04

Article on Incorporation and By-Laws

252

04

Balance Sheets, August 1972 – October 1973

252

05

Book of Church Order, proposed

254

05

Budget

252

06

Christian Education Committee

252

07

Christian Education Committee, Meeting of October 1973

252

08

Christian Education Conference

252

09

Church Property

252

10

Churches, Attending Convention but still PCUS

254

06

Churches, Declaration of Intent

254

07

Churches, Guidelines for Withdrawing

254

08

Churches, Information on

254

09

Churches, Opposition to Continuing Church

254

10

Churches, Withdrawal Inquiries

254

11

Churches, Withdrawing 1973, Folder 1

254

13

Churches, Withdrawing 1973, Folder 2

254

14

Churches, Withdrawing from PCUS

252

11

Churches, Withdrawing, December 1973 and later

254

12

Committee of Forty

254

15

Committee on Judicial Business

252

28

Committee on Judicial Business, Correspondence

252

29

Committees, Provisional

252

12

Concerned Presbyterians

252

13

Continuing Church Committee, Original Committee

254

16

Continuing Presbyterian Church, Correspondence

252

14

Convocation of Sessions

252

15

Convocation of Sessions

254

17

Donations

252

20

General Assembly, 1973 (First)

254

18

General Assembly, 1973 (First), Commissioners

252

16

General Assembly, 1973 (First), Handbook

252

17

General Assembly, 1973 (First), Miscellaneous

252

18

General Assembly, 1973 (First), Prayer Chain

252

19

Lawyers

252

21

Mission to the World, Meeting of October 1973

252

22

News Articles, Releases

254

19

Organizing Committee, Correspondence

252

23

Organizing Committee, Expenses

252

24

Organizing Committee, Index to Minutes

254

20

Organizing Committee, Meeting of July 1973

252

25

Organizing Committee, Meeting September 1973

252

26

Organizing Committee, Minutes

252

27

PCA Committee on Judicial Business, Meeting agenda

252

30

PCA Committee on Judicial Business, Minutes

252

31

PCA Committee on Judicial Business, Pending Matters

252

32

PCA Committee on Judicial Business, Reports to General Assembly

252

33

PCUS Opposition

252

34

Presbyterian Churchmen United, Steering Committee

252

35

Presbyterian Journal, Correspondence, Folder 1

254

21

Presbyterian Journal, Correspondence, Folder 2

254

22

Proposed Statement for Fellowship

252

36

Publications

252

37

Publications, Pamphlets, Folder 1

254

23

Publications, Pamphlets, Folder 2

254

24

Reaffirmations

252

38

Resolutions, Folder 1

254

25

Resolutions, Folder 2

254

26

Resolutions, Folder 3

254

27

Separation, Papers on

254

28

Steering Committee, 1971 – 1972, Correspondence,

254

30

Steering Committee, 1971 –1972, Minutes

254

39

Steering Committee, 1972, June – 1973, Minutes

254

40

Steering Committee, Correspondence

254

29

Steering Committee, Miscellaneous

254

31

Strategy, Correspondence

254

32

Taylor, G. Aiken, 1920 – 1984, Obituary

254

33

Woman’s Auxiliary, World Presbyterian Missions (RPCES), 1969 – 1983, Minutes, Folder 2

254

38

Women’s Auxiliary, World Presbyterian Missions (RPCES), 1969 – 1983, Minutes, Folder 1

254

37

Women’s Auxiliary, World Presbyterian Missions (RPCES), Annual Retreat

254

34

Women’s Auxiliary, World Presbyterian Missions (RPCES), Correspondence

254

36

Women’s Auxiliary, World Presbyterian Missions (RPCES), Membership Lists

254

35

 







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