The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) held their 2015 General Assembly during which time they sent a clear message. If you are not 100% intellectually and theologically committed to rejecting women as elders and complementarianism, you do not belong in PCA churches.
PCA and Complementarianism
Kevin DeYoung wrote in his PCA General Assembly Report:
Complementarianism: The PCA continues to be a solidly complementarian denomination. The Committee on the Review of Presbytery Records (RPR) cited the Philadelphia Presbytery for sustaining the ordination exams of a candidate who was not “100% sure the New Testament itself teaches a universal prohibition on women eldership” (* I wrongly stated in the original post that this pastor is now moving to the RCA. He has not filed to do so and continues to be a member of the Philadelphia Presbytery. My apologies.). A minority report emerged from RPR recommending that the Assembly not cite Philadelphia with an exception of substance on this matter. The Assembly was overwhelming in its vote on this issue, rejecting the minority report by a vote of 258 in favor and 554 against.
DeYoung then wrote about this in his list of encouragements from the results:
Faithfulness: The Assembly was firm in its vote citing the Philadelphia Presbytery and their ordination of a man who was not “100% convinced” the New Testament taught a universal prohibition of women eldership. I am not aware of anyone in the PCA advocating for women pastors or elders, but this ordination was a wrong step in a direction we cannot afford to head. Once again, the PCA has stood firm on a doctrine and practice that is often maligned in our current cultural context. This speaks well of its resolve, faithfulness, and submission to the authority of Scripture.
Translated: Anyone who has any doubt in this area is unfit for the PCA.
No Consideration of Egalitarian View in PCA
What’s truly unfortunate is that the candidate in question was at least honest about his misgivings. In my humble opinion, there are numerous passages in the Scriptures that very much call into doubt the 100% certainty of women being denied the ability to be elders.
I understand they are taking this stance to maintain the perceived theological purity of their denomination. That is their choice.
They have also clearly sent a message that anyone who is intellectually honest and can see how the egalitarian view can be embraced by those who call Christ Savior and Lord and believe in the authority of the Scriptures is absolutely not welcome in their denomination.
It’s good to know ahead of time the PCA would not want someone like me to darken the door of their church even though we’ll spend eternity together thanks to the loving sacrifice Christ made on the cross on my behalf as well as theirs.