Study Papers of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (1965 to 1982)
|159th GS MINUTES, MAY 22, 1981, pp. 142-145|
REPORT OF BILLS AND OVERTURES COMMITTEE (continued)
The Rev. Robert Lambert
continued with the report:
at its meeting on March 14, 1981, respectfully overtures the 159th General
Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, meeting
at Lookout Mountain, Tenn., on May 22-28, 1981, as follows:
Inasmuch as Freemasonry among church officers in the PCA has been identified as an issue in the current talks relating to the invitation to enter the PCA, and inasmuch as the Philadelphia Presbytery agrees that it is an issue, we wish to convey our concern about Freemasonry among church officers in our denomination. We therefore overture the 159th General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, to instruct presbyteries to encourage sessions to determine if they have installed Freemasons as officers of local congregations, and challenge the sessions to counsel those individuals with reference to the irreconcilable differences between the lordship of Jesus Christ and membership in the Masonic order.
In response to Overture K regarding Freemasonry, the Bills and Overtures Committee agrees with the Philadelphia Presbytery that this is an important concern in our denomination. Therefore, we recommend that:
I. The 1955 statement of the Bible Presbyterian Church as recorded in the Minutes of the 147th General Synod of the RPCES (1969, pp. 79-82) including the four adopted recommendations on p. 82, be included in the Minutes of the 159th General Synod.
II. Presbyteries be reminded that adopted recommendations 2, 3, and 4 remain as synod guidelines for dealing with this issue:
III. Synod assist
ministers and elders in carrying out recommendation II, 2 by encouraging
careful consideration of the 1955 statement of the
BPC and the pamphlet "Christ and the Lodge" (Great Commission
Publications) and the Christian Reformed Church report 45, "Lodge
and Church Membership Summary Pamphlet," pp. 547-569, 1975 Acts of
The response was adopted as amended.
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