a declaration for our time

Run as a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer - September 10, 2006

A Proclamation by Concerned Presbyterians
As Ministers, Elders and Churches within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

…we gather to declare our dissent from certain recent actions of our national governing body – the 217th General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama. We believe that some of those actions have been irresponsibly reported in the press. However, we also believe that these disputed actions collectively represent grievous error and a significant departure from the biblical and confessional principles of the Christian faith. We are committed to working within our denomination for renewal and the overturning of these actions. This will take time, but we will be faithful, prayerful and diligent in our task. Meanwhile….

We Proclaim and Uphold
the following theological truths from the Bible.....
  • the glory, mystery and work of the one and only God, known forever as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • the all-powerful, all-wise and loving God of the universe as Lord of all Creation.
  • that humanity was created by God to love and enjoy Him forever.
  • that humanity, in its arrogance and pride, rebelled from God’s perfect will and intention for Creation. That rebellion has resulted in a humanity alienated from God. This rebellion continues today as an inherently sinful humanity seeks to go its own way.
  • that out of God’s overwhelming love and grace, God became human in the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
  • that forgiveness and salvation are through Christ alone.
  • that the salvation received through Jesus Christ is through God’s grace alone – that there is nothing that we can do to earn or deserve God’s grace.
  • that God’s holy, inspired and revealed Bible is the sole guide and authority for our faith and is sufficient, in and of itself, to instruct, correct and train in all areas of faith and practice.
  • that God’s Word is authoritative in our lives and, as God’s people, we are to be obedient to His Word.
  • that God calls those whom He has chosen for salvation and service.
  • that we have been called to live in a community of people, bound together by God’s gracious action, who find their identity, purpose and communion in the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
  • that we have been called to be faithful stewards of all that God has given to us.
We Believe
the following ethical and moral responses to these Biblical truths…..
  • that, being created in the image of God, human life is sacred and begins at conception.
  • that God desires for all people to live pure and holy lives as followers of Jesus Christ, specifically through faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman and purity in singleness as well as in every area of life.
  • that the purpose of the Church – the “bride” of Christ - is to honor, love, and serve God in faithfulness through the actions of worship, service, education, missions, evangelism, fellowship and nurture.
  • that our churches exist for all who live in brokenness and would find wholeness in Jesus Christ through humility, repentance, and God’s grace.
  • that as members of the Church – Christ’s “body” – we have been called to love, encourage and support one another.
  • that leadership is a calling from God, not a right to be claimed, and that those called to leadership in God’s Church strive to live in obedience to His Word.
We Invite
all who would come…..
  • all those who are broken, all those who have sought meaning in the things of this world and found them wanting, all those in need of identity and purpose to visit our church families as, together, we seek to honor God, grow into the likeness of Christ, and live in the healing power of the Holy Spirit.
Humbly Offered in the Name of Jesus Christ,
The Session of Banks Presbyterian Church - Waxhaw
The Session of Benton Heights Presbyterian Church - Monroe
The Session of Carmel Presbyterian Church - Charlotte
The Session of Derida Presbyterian Church - Charlotte
The Session of Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church - Charlotte
The Session of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church - Charlotte
The Session of Hopewell Presbyterian Church - Huntersville
The Session of Huntersville Presbyterian Church - Huntersville
The Session of Macedonia Presbyterian Church - Candor
The Session of Marshville Presbyterian Church - Marshville
The Session of Siler Presbyterian Church - Wesley Chapel
The Rev. Robert Austell - Pastor, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Charlotte
The Rev. Rick Brooks - Pastor, Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church, Charlotte
The Rev. Vern Dodd - Pastor, Huntersville Presbyterian Church, Huntersville
The Rev. Mark Fisher - Pastor, Macedonia Presbyterian Church, Charlotte
The Rev. Ed Henegar - Stated Supply Pastor, Marshville Presbyterian Church, Marshville
The Rev. Scott Hilborn - Pastor, Banks Presbyterian Church, Waxhaw
The Rev. Rick Hofferty - Pastor, Derida Presbyterian Church, Charlotte
The Rev. Dr. William Katibah - Honorably Retired, Presbytery of Charlotte
The Rev. Jeff Lowrance - Pastor, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Huntersville
The Rev. Jeff Pinkston - Pastor, Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, Charlotte
The Rev. Larry Pittman - Minister at Large, Presbytery of Charlotte
The Rev. Bruce Powell - Pastor, Siler Presbyterian Church, Wesley Chapel
The Rev. Paul Saleeby - Pastor, Benton Heights Presbyterian Church, Monroe
The Rev. Jim Szeyller - Pastor, Carmel Presbyterian Church, Charlotte