The Evangelical Presbyterian Church Is Not For Me…
And Should Not Be For You
I attended the now defunct Faith Presbyterian Church, EPC in Fredericksburg, VA from April 1999 to July 2001. Now looking back at that experience and through research I have done for friends interested in the EPC I am of the opinion that the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is not a viable destination for those in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who are truly looking for an Orthodox and Reformed Presbyterian Denomination. Below are listed 5 reasons (of which there may or may not be more) why I believe this to be so. By this time next week you will have a fully annotated and detailed critique of each point I have listed. This listing is not exhaustive and is open to instruction, clarification, and disagreement. However, I do hold that the items presented below are an adequate and truthful representation of the positions, polity, and practice of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I hold with good conscious that my critiques are accurate both in spirit and in letter. It is not the purpose of this analysis to denigrate or cast into doubt the witness of the EPC but to say that the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in its current form does not fully represent Reformed and Presbyterian orthodoxy as exemplified in the confessions, practices, and theology of Reformed Orthodoxy.
1) Local Option is Still Local Option
2) Tolerance of Charismatic Gifts
3) A Free and Unordered Worship Service
4) A Disordered and “Open” Interpretation of Reformed Theology
5) Presbyterian Polity in Name Only