Resolution 83:03: Regarding Sexual Identity

Whereas, due to the aggressive propagation of the new sexual morality in recent decades, the  percentage of the population of the United States of America identifying themselves as homosexual in 2017 has risen to 4.5%[1]and the percentage of those identifying as “transgender” is approximately 0.7%;[2]and  Whereas, this new sexual morality bases itself on the idea that gender is fluid and … [more]

Resolution 83:09: Of Thanks

The Synod wishes to express its gratitude to the Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church for hosting the 83rd General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church, August 1-5, 2019.  Thank you for providing so graciously for the needs and comforts of the Synod.  The work of the Synod was facilitated by the beautiful new building, the delicious food, and the thoughtful kindness … [more]

Resolution 83:08: Memorial for Orville Sovereign

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Orville George Sovereign was born in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota on September 11, 1924 to Robert and Eva, the fifth of six children.  He grew up across the street from the town high school but spent … [more]

Resolution 83:07: Memorial for John V. Koontz

John Koontz was born in Baltimore, MD on April 13, 1926.  On June 22, 2019, at the age of 93, he went home to heaven.  John and his sister, Grace, moved to Florida in 1997.  Their father was a Presbyterian minister.  John never married. John’s life was devoted to serving and magnifying his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  John served … [more]

Resolution 83:06: Memorial for Ronald Dudley

Ron Dudley served as an elder of Suncoast Bible Presbyterian Church in Palm Harbor, Florida for ten years. He was a faithful officer, a prayer warrior, and in church every time the doors were open. His desire was to see the church prosper in the things of the Lord. Ron was born on October 24, 1934 in Whitinsville, MA and … [more]

Resolution 83:05: Memorial for Peter Pavuk

Elder Peter Pavuk, of the Wilson Presbyterian Church of Clairton, Pennsylvania, having died on July 31, 2015, and passed on to the glory of heaven and his Lord, is hereby memorialized.  Elder Peter “Pete” Pavuk was born on June 27, 1923 in Hecla, Pennsylvania to the late Andrew and Barbara Hnatko Pavuk. Pete attended Grove City College where he graduated … [more]

Resolution 83:04: On the Canons of Dort

Whereas, this year is the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort which met 1618-1619 to formally respond to the errors of James Arminius and his followers; and Whereas, that venerable body was an international synod seeking the counsel of God’s ministers not only from the Netherlands, but also various regions of Great Britain, Germany,  Switzerland, France, and other European … [more]

Resolution 83:02: Defunding Planned Parenthood

Whereas, Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in the United States; and Whereas, Planned Parenthood is continuing the eugenics program established by its founder, Margaret Sanger; and  Whereas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit stayed the three injunctions against the “Protect Life” federal regulations defunding Planned Parenthood, thus terminating Planned Parenthood’s use of taxpayer funds … [more]

Resolution 83:01: A Call for the Preservation of Life

Whereas, the Word of God clearly condemns murder and states that He hates the murderer.  “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13.  “These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:   A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,  A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A … [more]

Resolution 82:07: On the Doctrine of Justification

(For footnotes, please see PDF which is linked after the text.) Preamble  In every generation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone comes under attack.  As the heart of the gospel, the doctrine of justification is most fundamental to the definition of salvation and any adequate understanding of the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. In our current cultural … [more]

Resolution 82:06: On Opposition to Jesus Christ and ‘Religious Freedom”

WHEREAS, Freedom from State-established religion (e.g., the Church of England) and freedom from the prohibition on the free exercise of religion are two sides of the very first of the fundamental liberties specified in the United States Bill of Rights; and WHEREAS, Freedom of religion is greatly maligned, mocked, and outrightly rejected by many people, and even by governments, as … [more]

Resolution 82:05: Persecution of a Missionary—Andrew Brunson

Whereas, American citizen Pastor Andrew Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey for more than nineteen months on questionable charges of “engaging in espionage and using his church as a cover for the Kurdish military group, the PKK” (World magazine, June 9, 2018); and Whereas, Pastor Brunson is one of 35,000 people currently awaiting trial under the regime of Turkey leader, … [more]

Resolution 82:03: Memorial for Byonghun Song

Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. – II Corinthians 5:6-9 Born October 20, 1970, in South Korea, Byonghun Song was prayed for as a covenant child that one day he would give his life to Jesus as His Saviour and then in Christian service. The prayers of his godly parents were honored. Twenty … [more]

Resolution 82:02: Memorial for Richard Hooper

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:57 Richard “Dick” Hooper served as an elder at Grace Bible Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio for over 20 years. Much of his time was spent serving on various committees, such as the missions committee, fellowship committee, and as a meticulous clerk of Session. … [more]

Resolution 82:01: Resolution of Thanks to the Lakeland Bible Presbyterian Church

The 82nd General Synod expresses its heartfelt thanks to the Lakeland Bible Presbyterian Church for your warm hospitality in hosting this year’s synod meetings. Your church’s thoughtful preparations were manifold, and our delegates were blessed to see your members working cheerfully to make your guests comfortable. May the Lord multiply the efforts of the gospel ministry in Lakeland as your … [more]

Resolution 81:03: Memorial Resolution for John Kruhman

“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord… That they may rest from their labors; And their works to follow them.” Revelation14:13 John Kruhmin served faithfully as an Elder in the Suncoast Bible Presbyterian Church, Palm Harbor, Florida. John and his wife Lillian were a faithful and consistent part of their church’s ministry. John died at age 90 on … [more]

Resolution 81:04: Memorial Resolution for Elder Neil VanCleve

Neil Edwin VanCleve passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at The Mount Pleasant Rehabilitation Facility in Monroe Ohio. In addition to being married to the love of his life, Linda, Neil left behind three adult children: Rodney VanCleve of Monroe, Philip VanCleve of Mason, as well as one daughter Renee Metz of Southgate, Kentucky. Neil was a true churchman … [more]