Broad Church on Broad Way
Rev. Angus Stewart
Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Communications and Press
Secretary, Stephen Lynas' letter (Belfast Telegraph, 3
March, 2008) tries to gloss over the different theologies in the PCI
but this only serves to underscore its unfaithfulness to Jesus
He writes of "latitude" and "different understanding" in
interpretation of God's Word. But "the true and full sense of any
scripture is ... not manifold but one" (Westminster Confession
He glories in the PCI's "broad range of views" and different
"practices," including access to the pulpit, baptism, marriage, etc.
But the PCI's Westminster Standards set forth a united,
biblical position on church doctrine, sacraments, discipline,
worship and government.
He acknowledges the presence of "liberals" and "modernists" in the
PCI, but falsely includes these false teachers "within a reformed
He avers the PCI "knows exactly what it believes"—namely various
conflicting and contradictory doctrines!
In short, for the PCI the Bible is a wax nose and the
Westminster Standards are a dead letter, because heretical
doctrines and unbiblical practices are tolerated and promoted. As
the official position and unofficial consensus of the PCI becomes
more "liberal" and "modernist," its spurious unity requires the
evangelicals to compromise further.
God commands a very different unity, a unity in the truth: "that ye
all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you;
but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the
same judgment" (I Cor. 1:10). Christ even warns that the "broad" way
leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13-14).