Recovering the Reformed Confession I described the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (along with the CRC) as a part of the “borderline” (as distinct from the mainline and the sideline). At the time, the CRC appeared to be moving toward the mainline (which trajectory continues) but there was hope that the EPC might be moving toward the sideline (confessional) Presbyterian world. That appears not to be the case. The most recent GA of the EPC has voted to allow females to become ministers. They’ve adopted a latitudinarian position. We’ll see how long that lasts. How long will those be tolerated who believe that ordaining females to pastoral ministry is contrary to God’s Word? The history of this question isn’t promising. The folks in the EPC might want to talk to the conservatives who remain in the CRC to ask how that’s worked out for them.
Apropos of this is the announcement by the PCUSA (the mainline) that they lost, in 2009, another 63,000 members. To put this in perspective, the mainline presbyterians have lost more than the equivalent of the entire OPC probably more than two of the entire URCs or about 20% of the PCA in one year.
Why is it that the EPC and the CRC seem bent on joining the mainline? Are they tired of existing?