With all the miseries that have beset the ARP Church regarding Erskine College (EC) and Seminary (ETS) the last five years, an obvious thing has been lost in the miasma of words. That is, all roads lead to Greenville. Well, I suppose all roads lead to GARPC. One gets a feeling there is an embedded institutional incestuousness when begin to look at the players involved.
Though the responses of the session of the Greenville ARP Church to those who brought charges against Dr. Taylor are somewhat tedious and convoluted and overreaching at points, the basic argument includes that Dr. Taylor sincerely believed that as an EBOT trustee he was doing the right thing when he filed suit against the ARP Church in civil court. Well, are we now to assume that we have a higher vow for elders and ministers – The Vow of Sincerity?
Other than the photograph, there is NOTHING beautiful about this issue of ARPTalk. It is about as FAR OUT as one can get in the realms of the bizarre and surreal without going through the Looking Glass and having mercury and lead laced tea with the Mad Hatter at the cotillion of the evil and insane Queen of Hearts. Reading the comments posted is something like eating a Lay’s potato chip: “Bet you can’t eat just one! Indeed, the Editor challenges the reader to look at the third part of the issue and read just one post and stop.
There is a constant call on the Alums’ Facebook Site for contributions to be made to the EC Foundation. The EC Foundation reportedly has a war chest of at least $150,000 to bring a civil suit against the ARP. Four of the EC Foundation Directors are ARP Elders (Can we hear echos of Parker Young?). What will the ARP Church do when this takes place?
The goal of discipline is to bring the offending party to a state of repentance, which will restore them to the fellowship of the group. In this parable of “Buster and Bowie” we learn about one unrepentant heart. The moral question for today, however, is will Dr. Parker Young ever recognize his sin, repent, and be restored to the church he swore to uphold?
Through a parable of “Maurice the Bank Robber” we can see the parallel to the events that transpired at Second Presbytery as it pertains to the application of justice to correct a sinful action, even if the intended result of that sin did not take place. Does one not punish a bank robber if his attempt to rob the bank ends in failure? Second Presbytery appears to think not!
The Editor of ARPTalk is hearing from numerous sources that there is going to be another meeting of the Investigatory Commission of General Synod on Erskine College and Seminary. Why would the Commission meet again? There is only one reason for the Commission to meet: NEW ERSKINE MATTERS.
Nowadays a great deal is being said about lawsuits in the ARP Church. Shamefully, ARP elders and ETS professors have taken the ARP Church to civil court because the General Synod attempted to reform Erskine College and Seminary so that the educational institutions of the ARP Church were in accord with their mission and in conformity with the Scriptures and our Confession. What does Calvin have to say about Christians and lawsuits? There is a more timely question: In what Calvin writes, is there anything that gives justification to the three plaintiffs who have brought a lawsuit in civil court against the ARP Church?
Why has the lawsuit by Erskine Board of Trustee (BOT) members Richard Taylor, Parker Young, and David Chesnut NOT been dropped? Did not the compromise adopted by the 2010 General Synod guarantee that the lawsuit would be dropped? Did not honorable men agree?
The SACS report and its recommendations represent a clear threat to ANY religious body that seeks to hold the trustees of denominational colleges and seminaries accountable to missional criteria. This report is a declaration of war on the Christian Church in higher education. The little ARP Church now finds herself as the Dutch Boy with a finger in the dike attempting to hold back the terrorist assaults of secular agnosticism/atheism that seeks to silence the voice and witness of Christianity in higher education. Our prayer is our fellow faithful denominations will join us in this struggle that is also their struggle.
Conservatives in the spiritually bankrupt denominations of the PCUSA, UPCNA, and the PCUS either withdrew from their struggles or would not stand resolutely in the face of persistent and organized rebellion and heresy. The default setting ecclesiastically for those defeated Presbyterian evangelicals was the Rodney King dictum: “Can we all get along?” The Biblical way of saying that is: “Peace, Peace, when there is no peace.”
The Court of Appeals ruled and, pursuant to the motion by the ARP Church, modified the language of the preliminary injunction against the ARP Church, overruling four of the five restrictions that Judge Griffith placed on the General Synod of the ARP Church.
“The Mutinous Erskine Board of Thieves” is the only way left to describe the Board of Erskine College and Seminary. These trustees who have been nominated by the Nominating Committee of the ARP Church and elected by the General Synod are suggesting what amounts to an act of theft.
There are many words in the dictionary that can be used to describe the situation at Erskine College and Seminary. What is the best one? “Scandal” is defined “A publicized incident that brings about disgrace or offends the moral sensibilities of society and the outrage or anger caused by such an action or event.” – Yes, “scandal” is THE word – “THE SCANDAL OF ERSKINE!”
Upon receiving my packet for the meeting of General Synod I was hoping for an Erskine report that forthrightly and humbly recognized the disaster that has fallen upon Erskine over the last year. But no, the hauteur elite of Due West have once again produced a piece of disingenuous obfuscation emblematic of all that is aberrant and dysfunctional at Erskine College and Seminary.
So, the Newberry judge has continued the restraining order that Erskine Board members, David Chesnut, Richard Taylor, and Parker Young, requested against the The ARP Church has appealed the judge’s ruling. So, what does this mean? What can we in the ARP Church do?
After Scott Mitchell and Joseph Patrick issued a letter to the ARP and Erskine communities, the Editor asks, Have these people lost their minds? Scott Mitchell is the one who initially acted in contempt of the General Synod’s actions. Scott Mitchell is the one who opened the floodgates of legal actions. Scott Mitchell is the one who has incurred more than $50,000 of legal fees for Erskine by his insubordination and sedition. And do you understand that the $50,000 attorney’s fee was only for what he started and backed away from? There is much more to come!…
Mr. Aldon Knight gives witness to the fact that Boards, Presidents, and administrators at Erskine College and Seminary have, for more than 30 years, systematically subverted and obstructed the directives of the General Synod of the ARP Church regarding the evangelical Christian mission and personnel policies at Erskine. Read affirmations as well as responses to this issue here in this issue of ARPTalk.
One of the ARP Synod’s greatest detractors gives a very revealing response to ARPTalk(28).
Mr. Aldon Knight is not only an Erskine alum, but he is also a former Alumni Director. When Mr. Knight was hired to work at Erskine, he was asked (or, at least, he was supposed to have been asked) if he could affirm our statement on what an evangelical Christian is and the mission of [...]