I recently had the sad experience of watching two dear members leave our congregation; and after two hour-long phone calls, I was able to get to the root of the issue: my recent sermons on the doctrine of election from Acts 9. Though I tried my best to dissuade them against leaving the fellowship, they were resolute: "We cannot, in good conscience, stay in a church that preaches predestination." Although they had seen it in our written confessions, heard of it in our new member's class, and been made aware of our doctrine in Sunday school, this was the last straw.
Matthew Everhard is the senior pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, FL. An ordained teaching elder in the EPC, he is a graduate of Malone University and Ashland Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kelly have three children; Soriah, Elijah, and Simone.
Issue: "The Great Assurance" Nov./Dec. 2011 Vol. 20 No. 6 Page number(s): 31, 37
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