Tonight at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia a Memorandum of Understanding between the PCA and the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia was approved by the PCA and signed on behalf of both denominations by Rev Andrew Nugteren, secretary of the CRCA Committee for Ecumenical Relations and Rev Peter Barnes, moderator-general of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.
One of the situations that saw the CRCA being formed as a denomination was the predominant theological liberalism of the PCA in the late 1950s and 1960s. The memorandum of understanding was an expression of recognition that our biblical and gospel understandings now align in significant ways. The PCA has changed and seeks Gospel partnership in obedience to Jesus. The CRCA have seen an expressed desire for a day in which the PCA would be a true sister denomination in the Gospel realized.
For the PCA the MOU expresses our confidence in the theology, practice and life of the CRCA to the extent that we can commend cooperation with its congregations, recognize the Bible teaching and Gospel proclamation of its pastors as being consistent and similar our own, and that the faithful members of that denomination would share beliefs and commitments analogous to our faithful members.
As a denomination that purposely holds to a confessional expression of biblical and Gospel understanding, the PCA is not isolationistic or a body that seeks to focus on finding faults in others; rather we humbly seek to nurture fellowship with like-minded churches in Australia and around the world.