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What does a Roman Catholic need to do to join the OPC [Orthodox Presbyterian Church]?
Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | 09/11/2005

Posted on 02/02/2011 10:04:55 AM PST by Alex Murphy

Question:

What would a baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic need to do in order to join the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?

Answer:

Allow me to answer you question with a brief autobiographical anecdote. I was born, baptized, raised, confirmed, and educated in the Roman Catholic system. In fact, it was while I was at a Roman Catholic college (of all places) that I was converted by the grace of God. After realizing how different the teachings of the RCC are from Scripture, I joined with a Baptist church. And that church required that I be rebaptized as an adult. So, I went through that process and became a member. Several years later I came to understand the doctrine of the Bible as it was taught in Reformed churches like the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). Joining them was quite easy. I went before the session (a group of men who are officers in the church) where they interviewed me to make sure I had a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ. The following Sunday they put me before the congregation where I publicly professed my faith in Jesus Christ in the form of several membership vows. And that was it. I was a member!

So, being baptized and confirmed in the RCC is no big obstacle if you want to become a member of the OPC. As long as you have come to trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, and you trust not in any of your works. When asked the question "What must I do to be saved?", the response of Paul and Silas was "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31), and that is still true today. What is important is to put your full trust in Jesus. If you have done that, if you have repented of your sin and trust in Jesus alone, you are welcomed into the fellowship of the OPC. There is no need to be re-baptized and there is no need to renounce your confirmation.

At this point I would strongly encourage you to seek out the pastor of a local OPC, and he can guide you through the details of the steps toward membership in the OPC. If you need assistance finding an OPC in your area, you can check out our Directory of Churches. May God bless you and may you "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 5:18). If we can be of further assistance, just let us know!


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....I went before the session (a group of men who are officers in the church) where they interviewed me to make sure I had a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ. The following Sunday they put me before the congregation where I publicly professed my faith in Jesus Christ in the form of several membership vows. And that was it. I was a member!....

....When asked the question "What must I do to be saved?", the response of Paul and Silas was "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31), and that is still true today. What is important is to put your full trust in Jesus. If you have done that, if you have repented of your sin and trust in Jesus alone, you are welcomed into the fellowship of the OPC. There is no need to be re-baptized and there is no need to renounce your confirmation.

1 posted on 02/02/2011 10:04:57 AM PST by Alex Murphy
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Related threads:
The Westminster Confession of Faith
[from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church website]
Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scripture
Chapter 2: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity
Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree
Chapter 4: Of Creation
Chapter 5: Of Providence
Chapter 6: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof
Chapter 7: Of God’s Covenant with Man
Chapter 8: Of Christ the Mediator
Chapter 9: Of Free Will
Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling
Chapter 11: Of Justification
Chapter 12: Of Adoption
Chapter 13: Of Sanctification
Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith
Chapter 15: Of Repentance unto Life
Chapter 16: Of Good Works
Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints
Chapter 18: Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
Chapter 19: Of the Law of God
Chapter 20: Of Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience
Chapter 21: Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day
Chapter 22: Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
Chapter 23: Of the Civil Magistrate
Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce
Chapter 25: Of the Church
Chapter 26: Of the Communion of Saints
Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments
Chapter 28: Of Baptism
Chapter 29: Of the Lord’s Supper
Chapter 30: Of Church Censures
Chapter 31: Of Synods and Councils
Chapter 32: Of the State of Men after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
Chapter 33: Of the Last Judgment
2 posted on 02/02/2011 10:10:08 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: Alex Murphy

Hopefully you will stay in the one holy catholic church.

The Apostles Creed (portion):

I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.


3 posted on 02/02/2011 10:11:58 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

The first thing any Catholic must do to join another Religion is to lose his Faith.

After that it’s easy.


4 posted on 02/02/2011 10:15:40 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Alex Murphy
You are moving in the wrong direction....


5 posted on 02/02/2011 10:16:14 AM PST by AdamBomb
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To: Venturer

Most people that quit the Catholic Church do so mainly because of issues below the belt.


6 posted on 02/02/2011 10:17:30 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Alex Murphy

Two forms of ID and a $250 deposit.


7 posted on 02/02/2011 10:21:35 AM PST by TankerKC (Part of the Soros funded Blog Police.)
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To: TankerKC

LOL


8 posted on 02/02/2011 10:23:11 AM PST by AdamBomb
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To: Alex Murphy
What does a Roman Catholic need to do to join the OPC

Given that there are only 20,000 OPC communicants in America, presumably all you need to do is show up on Sunday and introduce yourself to the elders.

I'm sure they'd love to have you.

Another good bet is to move to the Northeast if you don't live there already - that's the area of the country where you have the best shot of living within driving distance of a congregation.

9 posted on 02/02/2011 10:26:48 AM PST by wideawake
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To: All

**What would a baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic need to do in order to join the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?**

They actually are still a Catholic. Just not a practicing one.

We pray these people back into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church!


10 posted on 02/02/2011 10:30:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy
Yeah. I had a stint where as a Catholic I joined the Presbyterians. I left when the gay and lesbian minister and assistant started changing the Word of the Bible at Church services to fit into their PC gender world view. Then the preaching about global warming and let's just say it didn't take me long to go back to the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church. Thank you Jesus!

Besides. Whenever I prayed about where God would best have me he gave me a MULTITUDE of signs that He wanted me to worship in the Catholic tradition and faith, not to speak of the church. Thank you Lord for your guidance!

11 posted on 02/02/2011 10:34:41 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: napscoordinator

It’s catholic, as in universal, not Catholic, as in a denomination.


12 posted on 02/02/2011 10:35:20 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Alex Murphy

What would a baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic need to do in order to join the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?

Stop thinking.


13 posted on 02/02/2011 10:35:25 AM PST by vladimir998 (Copts, Nazis, Franks and Beans - what a public school education puts in your head.)
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To: Alex Murphy

About 75% of our church are former Catholics.


14 posted on 02/02/2011 10:36:19 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Salvation

Yes. Thank you. Prayers indeed. I am so grateful to be back to being a practicing Catholic.


15 posted on 02/02/2011 10:36:48 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: skr

The Catholic Church is not a denomination. Protestants have denominations.


16 posted on 02/02/2011 10:36:57 AM PST by vladimir998 (Copts, Nazis, Franks and Beans - what a public school education puts in your head.)
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To: Alex Murphy
The lack of communion at each service bothered me immensely. That right there was placing too much emphasis on an earthly church and not the Lord and His presence.

To each his own worship, but I hAve found returning to Catholicism the most wonderful gift on my adult life.

17 posted on 02/02/2011 10:39:39 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Alex Murphy
After realizing how different the teachings of the RCC are from Scripture,

Exactly. It wasn't until I was out of the RCC - did I learn how truly off they were. To say anyone is being obedient to Jesus while 'in' the RCC, is untrue. One can't serve two masters.

God's Word vs. man-made teachings.
18 posted on 02/02/2011 10:39:45 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: RnMomof7
About 75% of our church are former Catholics.

...who obviously did not know their faith.
19 posted on 02/02/2011 10:39:54 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi
...who obviously did not know their faith.

Now they know Christ

20 posted on 02/02/2011 10:42:06 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7; Carpe Cerevisi

AMEN!!!


21 posted on 02/02/2011 10:43:30 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

You didn’t learn anything while in the Church, therein lies the problem.


22 posted on 02/02/2011 10:43:43 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: RnMomof7
Now they know Christ

What goeth before a fall?

23 posted on 02/02/2011 10:45:06 AM PST by wideawake
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To: A.A. Cunningham

I have no problem anymore - I have Christ. Thanks for showing your lack of knowledge though.


24 posted on 02/02/2011 10:45:22 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Alex Murphy
When Coptic Christians are being killed for believing in Christ I find it sad that there is such a 'marketing,' for which faith today. It is fine. When one Christian is killed or in fear because of their faith, we are all under threat of the same. I pray today and have been for some time for the Christians in Egypt. My energy is toward prayers for them and for ALL Christians world wide.

God bless, inspire, and guide us all. May we unite in the spreading of His Word not matter what our chosen church.

25 posted on 02/02/2011 10:45:27 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Alex Murphy
When Coptic Christians are being killed for believing in Christ I find it sad that there is such a 'marketing,' for which faith today. It is fine. YET, when one Christian is killed or in fear because of their faith, we are all under threat of the same. I pray today and have been for some time for the Christians in Egypt. My energy is toward prayers for them and for ALL Christians world wide.

God bless, inspire, and guide us all. May we unite in the spreading of His Word not matter what our chosen church.

26 posted on 02/02/2011 10:46:28 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: GOP Poet

Thanks for your fantastic testimony and posts. The truth wins out here!

LOL!


27 posted on 02/02/2011 10:47:24 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: presently no screen name

You are always a Catholic, and I think you know that. We wilcome you back at any time. Please sit down with a priest and get your questions answered.


28 posted on 02/02/2011 10:48:58 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy

Conversion from Christianity to Christianity, amazing. Like making a vanilla cake into a... vanilla cake.


29 posted on 02/02/2011 10:49:39 AM PST by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: GOP Poet
the spreading of His Word

HIS WORD, not man-made teachings, that nullify His Word.

Mark 7:13 "Thus you nullify the Word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that".
30 posted on 02/02/2011 10:49:50 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Alex Murphy

Where’s the barf tag?


31 posted on 02/02/2011 10:49:54 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (talk to the hand)
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To: wideawake
What goeth before a fall?

The pride of believing that one can earn their salvation by their obedience to the law and the church

32 posted on 02/02/2011 10:50:32 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7
The pride of believing that one can earn their salvation by their obedience to the law and the church

I had no idea that "private judgment" now included the option of rewriting Scripture.

Presumably this is the trendy "emergent" stuff I've been hearing about.

33 posted on 02/02/2011 10:54:13 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Alex Murphy

“I believe in one Holy Roman and Apostolic Church”


34 posted on 02/02/2011 10:54:29 AM PST by RobertClark
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To: Salvation

You are always a ...”name the cult”....


35 posted on 02/02/2011 10:54:42 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: RnMomof7
As I recall, RNMO7, you were once a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Are you now a member of the OPC?

The two groups have radically different theologies, which is why I ask.

36 posted on 02/02/2011 10:57:30 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Alex Murphy
ROFL.......

From Wiki.........The Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) is a small conservative Presbyterian denomination located primarily in the United States. It was founded by conservative members of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) who strongly objected to the pervasive Modernist theology during the 1930s......

Stats (for 2009):
Congregations :255
Members: 29,421 (ministers: 485 communicants: 21,123 non-communicants: 7,813)

What does a Catholic need to do to join the OPC?

Um....1) move to the USA; 2) buy an excellent set of road maps or a GPS system; 3) show up.

37 posted on 02/02/2011 10:57:49 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: SampleMan
"Conversion from Christianity to Christianity, amazing. Like making a vanilla cake into a... vanilla cake."


38 posted on 02/02/2011 11:01:42 AM PST by AdamBomb
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To: GOP Poet
Yeah. I had a stint where as a Catholic I joined the Presbyterians. I left when the gay and lesbian minister and assistant started changing the Word of the Bible at Church services to fit into their PC gender world view. Then the preaching about global warming and let's just say it didn't take me long to go back to the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church. Thank you Jesus!

One should always be cautious not to talk about things they do not understand.

Presbyterians is a form of church government not a doctrine.

The Presbyterian church you describe is the PCUSA ..they are arminian/universalist and have long ago walked away from the Christian faith..

In the OPC or PCA or other CONSERVATIVE presbyterian churches the gospel is proclaims..there are no women clergy . no gay marriage or approval of Homosexuality. no sermons on global warming.. etc.. so please do not paint all Presbyterian churches with that brush..

I will only say this.. if one expects to be saved based on their church doctrine or tradition or political position.. there is a huge surprise coming on judgement day

39 posted on 02/02/2011 11:02:07 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Salvation
You are always a Catholic, and I think you know that.

That comes from the RCC and it's CONTROL over people. No one has control over those submitted to The Lord. God's Word says..."I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; NO ONE can snatch them out of MY Hand." Mark 10:28. I already repented of being part of an organization with heresy teachings. Praise God for HIS WORD!

We wilcome you back at any time. Please sit down with a priest and get your questions answered.

I go forward into HIS arms! I sit down with my HIGH PRIEST, the HEAD of His Church, JESUS! Every answer is in HIS WORD. I have fellowship with my heavenly Father. I accept no counterfeit substitutes. It's ALL about JESUS, The Word. And that's how I intend to live my life - walking in TRUTH. I am truly blessed and walk in His blessings everyday. Thank YOU, JESUS!
40 posted on 02/02/2011 11:05:29 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Venturer

A conversion does not mean a loss of faith and it is unfair to dismiss it as such. It means a decision has been made that you no longer believe the Catholic church has the fullness of truth and that she is in error in certain doctrines. It does not mean you no longer have faith in the basic tenats of Christianity.

I love my Church but if someone is hindered from serving God with their whole beings should they remain then I wish themn godspeed to another worship home.


41 posted on 02/02/2011 11:07:37 AM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Alex Murphy; Dr. Eckleburg

The author didn’t mention what specifically the vows were. Was one of them to profess belief in the Westminster Confessions, or is that not required?


42 posted on 02/02/2011 11:09:15 AM PST by Claud
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As I recall, RNMO7, you were once a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

YEP

Are you now a member of the OPC?

Nope... But I am reformed

The two groups have radically different theologies, which is why I ask.

Both denominations accept the 5 solas ... The difference is the nazarene church holds a doctrine in common with the catholic church..that is that one can lose their salvation... That is, in reality , a non essential doctrine .

I can go an worship with my brothers and sisters in the Nazarene Church and know I am in the presence of family

43 posted on 02/02/2011 11:09:20 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: wideawake
I had no idea that "private judgment" now included the option of rewriting Scripture.

No where in scripture are we taught that we earn our salvation..

44 posted on 02/02/2011 11:11:16 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RobertClark; Alex Murphy
“I believe in one Holy Roman and Apostolic Church”

And I believe in Jesus, the Son of the Living God, my Savior.

"Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me". Jesus is The Way, The Truth, The Life.
45 posted on 02/02/2011 11:14:07 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: wintertime

It’s called the Sacrament of Baptism. And a person is marked forever with that mark.


46 posted on 02/02/2011 11:16:28 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

My typo. Sorry

We welcome


47 posted on 02/02/2011 11:17:41 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RnMomof7
I will only say this.. if one expects to be saved based on their church doctrine or tradition or political position.. there is a huge surprise coming on judgement day

This comment need not go to me FRiend but to the original poster. I just tell my own experience. Others may decide for themselves. Hopefully in prayerful consideration with the Lord. I know what God wants for me. For you and others? Let the Lord lead you all thus and may we all always ask His guidance in all things. How can we all best serve the Lord Jesus Christ today?

48 posted on 02/02/2011 11:33:23 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: marshmallow; Alex Murphy
What does a Catholic need to do to join the OPC?
Um... 3) show up.

Like the 15% of the catholics do on Sunday?

49 posted on 02/02/2011 11:33:55 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Claud
Was one of them to profess belief in the Westminster Confessions, or is that not required?

To be an elder or a deacon, yes but to be a member of the church, no. At least that is how it works in the Presbyterian Church in America. I assume the OPC works in a similar fashion.

50 posted on 02/02/2011 11:39:26 AM PST by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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