Why John Ortberg and His Church Left the PC(USA) Denomination?

Noted California Presbyterian pastor and author John Ortberg and his church, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, have voted to leave the PC(USA), Presbyterian Church of USA, to aligned themselves with a newly established Presbyterian denomination, ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, which has attracted 115 other Presbyterian churches since its founding in January 2012.  Read more

Doctrinal differences are cited for this realignment.  For example, in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church published rationale, we read,

The PC(USA) increasingly represents a wide range of beliefs on who Jesus is and on his relationship to our salvation.  Surprisingly, there are many PC(USA)-ordained pastors who do not believe, for example, in the deity of Christ or in salvation through faith in Christ.  A PC(USA) pastor in Tennessee, said, ‘I believe that Jesus may have been historical but most of the stories about him in the Bible and elsewhere are legends.  But he’s cool.  He serves as a human ideal and a focal point for devotion (like an ishta veda [a concept from Hinduism]).’  This pastor’s story is one of many such examples.”  Full document here

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5 Responses to Why John Ortberg and His Church Left the PC(USA) Denomination?

  1. Craig Benno says:

    This type of stuff makes me really sad. I remember my shock, after discovering the beast called “liberalism” a few years after my conversion. I had dramatically experienced the power of God in a very real and tangible way which changed my life and I was born again.

    A form of godliness that denies the power of God, is a true stench in his nostrils. I know a pastor in our local area who is like this, my daily prayer for him is that God will ignite his faith, pour out the knowledge of his love in his heart, and that he will truly know the risen Lord.

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  3. TC says:

    Yes, this is liberalism. Right move by Mr. Ortberg and his church. We must pray for them. They are going to be under attck. It’s the way of the enemy.

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