PCA Historical Center

Archives & Manuscript Repository for the Continuing Presbyterian Church

Position Papers & Studies
of the Presbyterian Church in America, 1973 - 1998

Volumes 1 and 2 of the PCA DIGEST were printed in 1993 and Volume 3 was printed in 1998.
Paul R. Gilchrist, who was then Stated Clerk of the denomination, served as editor of all three volumes.

Limited quantities of Volume 1 are still available and may be ordered from the PCA Historical Center
.

Last update: 25 July 2014.
New additions include:
Child Protection in the PCA
and
Insider Movement Reports

Volume 1 [1973 - 1993]:
Volume 2 [1973 - 1993]:
Volume 3 [1994 - 1998]:
Part I - Assembly Actions
Part II - Interpretations of The Constitution
Part III - Judicial Cases
Part IV - Bylaws, Manuals and Guidelines
Part V
Position Papers
Part I - Assembly Actions
Part II - Interpretations of the Constitution
Part III - Judicial Cases
Part IV - Bylaws, Manuals and Guidelines
Part V - Position Papers
Comprehensive Index
The Table of Contents reproduced below
focuses largely on
Part V of Volumes 2 and 3 of The PCA Digest.
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Message to All Churches of Jesus Christ Throughout the World [1973] ------------
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Re-Affirmation to Biblical fidelity and the "Message to All Churches" [1993] -------

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Abortion [1978] -------------------------------------------------------------------
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Agencies, Their Relationship to General Assembly ---------------------------------
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AIDS Task Force Report [17th General Assembly, 1989, 17-25, p.62] -----------
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Alcohol, Beverage Use of, [8th General Assembly, 1980, 8-69, III, p. 98] ---------
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Apostasy and Ecclesiastical Separation --------------------------------------------
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Archives Position Paper -----------------------------------------------------------
     
Baptism : ----------------------Click here to print all four baptism articles as one file4
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• Baptism and Non-Communing Membership (1977)------------------------------

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• Appendix P: Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)------------------
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• Appendices to the Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1845) -----------
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• Minority Report, Ad Hoc Committee on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)-
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Child Protection [Overture 6, as amended and adopted by the 42d General Assembly]
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Church/State Subcommittee Report (1987) :
       
• Click here to view or print Parts I - V of the Church/State Report as one file 4
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• Summary Positions
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• I. Biblical Historical & Contemporary Concepts of Church/State Relations, Kelly

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• II. Should the PCA Remain Incorporated?, by Douglas Kelly--------------------

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• III. Taxation and the Church, by Thomas O. Kotouc-----------------------------

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• IV. Education & Parental Responsibility, by R. S. Barnes and T. O. Kotouc ---------------

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• V. Propriety of Christians Non Violent Disobedience to the Civil Magistrate in the Abortion Controversy, by Mark Belz and Linwood Crowe-------------------------

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• Church/State Subcommittee Report, Summary Positions (1988)-----------------

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• Protest in Response to the "Summary Positions" Paper, by O. Palmer Robertson
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Church Union, Biblical Basis of ----------------------------------------------------
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• Guiding Principles for Ecumenical Relations -------------------------------------

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Conflict of Interest -----------------------------------------------------------------
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Creation :
       
• Interim Report, 27th General Assembly, 1999
     
• Report of the Study Committee (28th GA, June 2000, p. 119-212)
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Diaconal Ministries ----------------------------------------------------------------
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Divorce :
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1979 - Report of the Ad Interim Theological Committee on Divorce [image scans only, from pages 57-59 & 105-110 of GA Minutes
Divorce and Remarriage [1992 Report of the Ad Interim Committee on Divorce and Remarriage]
       
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• Introduction and Outline --------------------------------------------------------
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• Chapter 1 - Historical Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage ------------------
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• Chapter 2 - Scriptural Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage ------------------
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• Chapter 3 - Pastoral Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage -------------------
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• Appendix I - The Westminster Divines on Divorce for Physical Abuse ----------
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• Appendix II - Divorce Reconsidered, by RE David C. Lachman ----------------
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• Conclusion: Summary & Recommendations--------------------------------------
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• Qualifications for Office of a Divorced Person (1979)--------------------------- [HTML] -
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Evangelicals and Catholics Together, Response to ---------------------------------
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Federal Vision
 
• Report of the Ad-Interim Study Committee on Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies - pdf image scans only, from the Minutes of the 35th General Assembly (2007)
 
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Fencing the Lord's Table ----------------------------------------------------------
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Freemasonry :
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• The Report of the Ad-Interim Committee to Study Freemasonry (1987) and
• Report of the Ad-Interim Committee to Study Freemasonry (1988) ----------------------
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• Topical Summary of Document Sources ---------------------------------------------------
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Fund Raising Policy [M4GA (1976), page 80, 4-74, 5] ----------------------------
 
Heroic Measures ------------------------------------------------------------------
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Higher Education :
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• Part I. - The Church's Role in Higher Education (1978) --------------------------------------

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• Part II - Christian Education and Federal Aid (1978) -----------------------------------------

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• Part III - Covenant College's Philosophy of Education (1978) ------------------------------

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Homosexuality :
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• Overture No. 11, 5th General Assembly (1977) --------------------------------------------
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• RPCES Report of the Study Committee on Homosexuality (1980) ----------------------
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• A Declaration of Conscience on Homosexuals and the Military --------------------------
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• Assembly Actions on the Matter of Homosexuality (1996) -------------------------------
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• 1999 Resolution regarding Homosexual Agenda -------------------------------------------
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Humanism -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Insider Movement:
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  • 2012 Ad Interim Committee Report (Part 1)
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  • 2014 Ad Interim Committee Report (Part 2) - includes analysis of 2013 and 2014 Minority Reports, plus both the 2013 and the 2014 Minority Reports as Attachments.
    Please note that the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA only adopted the the three Committee recommendations found on page 2112 of this document.
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Interchurch Relations :
 
• Resolution on Interchurch Relations (1973) -------------------------------------------------
 
• Policy Statement (1974) ----------------------------------------------------------------------
 
• Miscellaneous Addenda (1975, 1976, 1985, 1990)--------------------------------------------
 
Conceptual Framework for Mission/Church Relations (1984)
 
• Report on Defining the Nature of Relations with Other Churches -------------------------
 
Joint Statement on Joining & Receiving --------------------------------------------
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Judicial Procedures, Ad Interim Committee Report:
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• "Principles of Judicial Process Derived from the Old Testament Scriptures," by Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Principles of Judicial Process from a New Testament Perspective," by Dr. Paul B. Fowler---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Church Discipline in Light of the Evidence of the New Testament," by Dr. T. David Gordon------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Shepherds as Judges: The Judicial Responsibilities of Elders in the PCA," by Dr. T. David Gordon-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "The Use of Commissions in the Presbyterian Churches in the United States of America," by Pastor Leroy H. Ferguson, III---------------------------------------------------
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• "Select and Annotated Bibliography on Ecclesiastical Judicial Procedures: Doctrines and Practices of the American Presbyterian Church," by Pastor David F. Coffin, Jr.------
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• Procedural Checklist for PCA BCO Rules of Discipline ------------------------------------
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Medical Insurance, Ad Interim Committee Report on Options for ------------------
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Mercy Ministry, Biblical Guidelines ------------------------------------------------
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Mission and Purpose of the PCA --------------------------------------------------
     
NAPARC's Agreement on Transfer of Members ----------------------------------
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Nuclear Age -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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Number of Offices in the Church :
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• Report of the Ad-Interim Committee on Number of Offices in the Church [M7GA, 7-23, pp. 77-85 ]
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• Appendix A: Two Offices (Elders/Bishops, and Deacons) and Two Orders of Elders (Preaching/Teaching Elders, and Ruling Elders): A New Testament Study, by Dr. George W. Knight, III

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• Appendix B: Ministers of the Word, by Donald A. Dunkerley (1977)
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• Appendix C: Biblical Study on "Ordination," by Don Clements (1977)
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• Appendix D: Empowered to Serve, by Robert H. Kirksey (1977)
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Paedo Communion ----------------------------------------------------------------
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PCA Structure --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Pornography ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Dr. C. Everett Koop's 1986 Address before the 14th General Assembly
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"Psalm Singing," Report of the Subcommittee (1993)
 
Racial Reconciliation
 
MNA Pastoral Letter on Racism
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Spiritual Gifts ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Pastoral Letter On Experience of the Holy Spirit in the Church Today [English]
 
• Korean translation of the Pastoral Letter on the Experience of the Holy Spirit
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Taxation ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Tax Group Exemption -------------------------------------------------------------
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Textbook Censorship, Resolution on
 
Theology of Stewardship ----------------------------------------------------------
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Theonomy ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Uniform Curriculum for Theological Education -------------------------------------
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• Guidelines for Theological Education --------------------------------------------

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Women in the Church (WIC) ------------------------------------------------------
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Women in the Military, Report of the Ad Interim Study Committee (AISCOWIM):
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• Final Report [M30GA, 30-54, p. 282 and 30-57, p. 283] --------------------------------------------------
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• Communications 1, 2 and 6 [M30GA, 30-57, pp. 287 - 289] ---------------------------------------------
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• Consensus Report 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, p. 259 - 278] ---------------------------------------------------
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• Final Recommendations 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 285] ----------------------------------------------------
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• Final Recommendations, 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, XI, p. 277 and M30GA, p. 286] -------------------
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• "Man's Duty to Protect Woman" [M29GA, 29-57, pp. 278 - 308] -------------------------------------
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• Minority Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] --------------------------------------------------------------
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• Minority Report, 2001, "Recommendations for the Wise Counsel of the Church"
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• Overtures 2, 21 and 26 [M30GA, 30-53, III, 7, p. 245; 30-57, 5, p. 287] --------------------------------
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• Supplemental Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] -------------------------------------------------------
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Women in the Presbytery Organization --------------------------------------------
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Worldwide Religious Persecution - Statement of Conscience of the N.A.E.---------
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