WESTMINSTER CONFESSION AND BCO STANDARDS
This is a site that exists mainly for the discussion of reform within the PCA and the general edification of those seeking it. While healthy debate is encouraged, we will not tolerate opposition to the Christian faith broadly (as described by the Nicene Creed and Chalcedonian Definition) or the Reformed faith narrowly (as described in the Westminster Standards) which are the doctrinal standards of the Grassroots Presbyterians. We further uphold the BCO as the constitutional standard by which we intend to conduct reform.
THE GRASSROOTS PRESBYTERIANS SITE DOES NOT HAVE ECCLESIASTICAL STANDING
Grassroots Presbyterians site is dedicated to understanding, planning, and openly discussing the need for and the ecclesiastical methods used in bringing about reform in the PCA. However, the Grassroots Presbyterians site is not part of an official body of the PCA nor does it have any actual standing as an organization. We are only a loose affiliation of likeminded officers. This is a site for the discussion and sharing of information.
As officers in Christ’s church, we all are bound by Scripture, first and foremost, to behave in a spiritual, godly manner toward others in our own lives. Moreover, we have subscribed to the Westminster Catechisms, which include expositions on the Ten Commandments. The Grassroots Presbyterians will be no different. This isn’t a place where anything goes, and Christians can let loose and leave their spiritual character at the door. The GP seeks to uphold biblical and confessional standards in how its members interact, and with that are some specific admonitions from Scripture which all should be careful to follow:
Psalm 133:1: Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
1 Peter 3:8-12: Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Love – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Be kind and loving to one another. (Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 2:9-11, 3:11-24, 4:9-21)
Grace – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:6) Not only speak graciously to one another, but show grace toward others who may not be gracious in return, or with whom you may disagree.
Humility – Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3) We’re all brothers and sisters in Christ here. Treat one another in good faith. Always assume the best. Let the other guy have the last word. If you find that you are in error, be quick to repent and resolve the situation.
Maturity – When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (1 Corinthians 13:11) Be men and women of God. Set a good example for others. Avoid irrational discussion, scoffing, pettiness, boasting, gloating, whining, defensiveness, retaliation, manipulation, intentional annoyance, display or promotion of drunkenness, or any other juvenile, disrespectful, or carnal comments or behavior.
Unity – I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Peace – Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. (2 Timothy 2:23) But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. (Titus 3:9) Stirring up meaningless controversies, instigating drama, making statements for the sake of shock value, creating strife, dissension and quarrels, or being hostile toward other members in any way, will not be tolerated. If a conflict arises, endeavor to resolve it prior to contacting an admin.
Further References: Ephesians 4:15-16, 4:25-32, 5:8-11; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:12-15, 4:5-6; I Thessalonians 5:14-15; 1 Timothy 5:1-2; James 1:19-21, 3:1-12; 2 Peter 2:16-17
Second Commandment – While opinions may differ in the PCA, many fellow members find pictures of any of the three persons of the Trinity to be a violation of the Second Commandment, and as such, sinful and offensive. Please refrain from posting pictures of God the Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. Such images will be removed. Members do not have to agree with the rule, but please respect it. (Exodus 20:4-6, Deuteronomy 4:15-19, 12:30-32; Acts 17:29)