Last week in Birmingham, Alabama, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) conducted its 49th General Assembly. Over 2,300 commissioners representing the denomination’s 1,911 churches and 378,389 members adopted a number of formal resolutions (referred to as overtures) for the life and business of the Church as a whole.
One such resolution proposed by Ascension Presbytery (located in western Pennsylvania) and adopted (as amended) by the Assembly was a Humble Petition to the Honorable President, Members of Congress, and Justices of the Supreme Court regarding the grave sin, injustice, and prevalence of legalized abortion in our nation. The Assembly voted unanimously in favor of directing the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, on behalf of the PCA as a whole to communicate to the President of the United States, the leaders of Congress, and the Governors and leaders of the State Legislatures of the 50 States, the following statement:
“God declares in Sacred Scripture that civil government, no less than the Church, is a divine institution and owes its authority to God. The Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will and teaches that the unborn child is a human person deserving the full protection of the Sixth Commandment, “You shall not murder”. We who love our nation, in the name of God who alone is sovereign, call upon you to renounce the sin of abortion, to repent of the complicity in the mass slaughter of innocent unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God, and to reverse the ruinous direction of both law and practice in this area. The obedience to God which places us in subjection to your rightful authority, requires of us to proclaim the counsel of God as it bears upon the same God-given authority.”
It is our prayer that God will bless this humble petition for the promotion of righteousness, holiness, justice, and life in the United States, South Carolina, and Greenville & Spartanburg Counties.
Antioch Presbyterian Church is a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The bounds of Calvary Presbytery include 12.5 Counties in the South Carolina Upcountry. Calvary Presbytery is comprised of 42 churches within our geographic bounds, made up of over 10,000 members.