Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Presbyterian Panel – Part 1

God must have a sense of humor. My name was selected to be a part of the “Presbyterian Panel.” This group of anonymous Presbyterians is regularly “surveyed” on various topics. The May 2006 survey looks at issues facing the PCUSA and the upcoming General Assembly meeting. The survey has statements to which we are to respond with “Strongly Agree,” “Agree,” “Neutral or Not Sure,” “Disagree,” or “Strongly Disagree.”

Here are some of the statements we were to respond to...

“Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through him.”

“The Bible is: the true Word of God.”

“The Bible is: a light in a world of moral obscurity.”

“Individual freedom of conscience in the interpretation of the Bible is an absolute right for church officers (deacons, elder, and ministers).”

“Every member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) should try to live in harmony with other members of the denomination and avoid actions that might divide the PC(USA).”

What do you think of the “statements” so far? How would you have responded? More will be posted tomorrow.


At 11:50 AM , Blogger islandpreacha said...

Dude - are you serious?

At 10:31 PM , Blogger Pastor Lance said...

Yes I am! To date I have been sent either 3 or 4 surveys. They have all been quite interesting. For years I had seen the statistics from these surveys and now I help generate those statistics.

How weird is that?1?

Pastor Lance

At 5:25 AM , Blogger Quotidian Grace said...

What's up with the one about "absolute freedom of conscience" in biblical interpretation by ordained officers? I thought that biblical interpretation was to be done with reference to the whole message of scripture and the testimony of the Book of Confessions.

But maybe this statement is describing the current philosophy of some in the PCUSA.


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