Catabaptism in the Presbyterian Church in America

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CATABAPTISM IN THE PCA  – (Excerpted from Dr. Lee’s 1990 S.T.D. dissertation “Rebaptism Impossible!”)

Baptismal advice to Western Carolina Presbytery at the 1982 PCA ……….. p. 3 Baptismal advice sought by Grace Presbytery at 1982 PCA …………….. p. 5 1983 secession from the PCA of the 1984 antirebaptist RPCUS ………….. p. 5 1983f: the catabaptist controversy within the PCA 'Baptisms Committee' ……. p. 6 Lee's 1983 article on unrepeatability of circumcision and baptism …………. p. 7 Dr. Thompson circulates extracts from Lee within the PCA’s Baptism Committee ……………………………………………….. p. 9 Dr. Thompson's own 1984 Opus against catabaptism ………………… p. 10 Lee cited in Dr. Thompson's anticatabaptistic Opus …………………. p. 11 Dr. Bogue's January 20th 1984 catabaptist response to Dr. Thompson …….. p. 12 Dr. Thompson's January 25th 1984 anticatabaptist response to Dr. Bogue ….. p. 13 Dr. Thompson's January 26th 1984 letter to Dr. Lee ………………… p. 14 Dr. Lee's February 11th 1984 letter to Dr. Thompson ……………….. p. 15 Lee's February 11th 1984 statements on 'the true church' ……………… p. 16 Dr. Thompson's 1984 anticatabaptist Draft Minority Report …………… p. 18 Dr. Lee's soon reply to the February 1984 Draft Minority Report ……….. p. 21 Dr. Lee's further response in May 1984 to the Draft Minority Report …….. p. 22 The Majority Report of the PCA's Baptism Committee ………………. p. 24 The baptismal (in)action of the 1984-87 PCA General Assemblies on the Report ………………………………………………. p. 25 The 1987 aftermath of the undecisive 1987 PCA General Assembly ………. p. 26 What should have been decided at the 1987 PCA General Assembly ……… p. 27 Lee's 21st December 1987 letter to the editor of Journey (Rev. Richard Knodel) ………………………………………………. p. 28 Dr. Lee's 1990 article Calvinism versus Catabaptism ………………… p. 30 Dr. Carl Bogue's 1990 Letter to Dr. Lee and enclosures ………………. p. 32 Dr. Lee's October 1990 Letter to Dr. Bogue ……………………… p. 33 The invalidity of Mormon water-rites …………………………… p. 34 Mormon water-rites 'invalid' (continued) ………………………… p. 36 Mormon water-rites 'invalid' (resumed) …………………………. p. 37 Mormon water-rites 'invalid' (concluded) ………………………… p. 39 The invalidity of Unitarian water-rites ………………………….. p. 40 The validity of irregular (justificatory?) 'S.D.A. baptisms' ……………… p. 42 The validity of irregular (justificatory?) 'Campbellite baptisms' ………….. p. 44 Conclusion: 'once triunely baptized, always baptized!' ……………….. p. 46 Summary: Calvinism accepts 'Romish' baptism and rejects catabaptism ……. p. 47 Postscript: baptism in the future 'Church of the Triune God' ……………. p. 49 ENDNOTES …………………………………………… p. 52 ABOUT THE AUTHOR …………………………………… p. 59

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The PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) is this present writer's former denomination.   Before the 1982 merger with the anticatabaptist RPCUS, the larger PCA was a mixture of knowledgeable anticatabaptistic orthodox Calvinians, catabaptistic Neo-Thornwellians, baptismally indifferent Quasi-Independents, and assorted Crypto-Baptists openly tolerating if not covertly supporting the rebaptizing overseas of both Catholics and Protestants by non-denominational submersionistic and antipaidobaptistic missionary societies preying on PCA contributions. 

In 1982, the anticatabaptist Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod merged itself out of existence into the larger Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).   This considerable RPCES influx strengthened the anticatabaptists within the PCA — even though the quality of its eschatological and soteriological contributions remains questionable.

Because this present writer was an anticatabaptistic orthodox Calvinian PCA Minister of the Word and Sacraments right down until his 1981 appointment as Professor of Systematic Theology at the Queensland Presbyterian Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, he is still  particularly concerned about ongoing events in his old denomination in the USA.    But quite apart from this — baptismal developments within the influential American PCA from 1982 onward, also  demand that they be noted in a dissertation such as this.

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