Dodson (below) is referring to comments concerning his "Open Letter to an RPCNA Elder" which is at:

An Open Letter to an RPCNA Elder

Dodson Versus the RPCNA

Subject: My Open Letter to You and Your's

Dear Mr. McCracken:

I find it instructive that you are "shocked" by my "Open Letter," but not "shocked" by the practice of the RPCNA. Your response to my "Open Letter"--"It would be my request that this remain an issue between Jim Dodson and the Synod of the RPCNA rather than published for anyone (believer and unbeliever alike) to see," is shocking to me. If I am wrong, REFUTE IT. I am not the one encouraging the apostasy, that lies on the shoulders of those who continue to countenance the backsliding. Incidentally, I have not said that the RPCNA is APOSTATE or to be "given over to Satan." If I believed that, I would not have bothered to write an "Open Letter." I view the direction the RPCNA is going to be downward toward that end, but I do not think it has reached it--I do not believe we must wait for a church to become APOSTATE before we ought to leave. However, I do believe that the RPCNA as represented in her present judicatories is not a true church as set forth in the Reformed creeds. Ministerial power is given for edification and not for destruction (cf. 2 Cor. 10:8); the Church is to be the pillar and ground of truth (cf. 1 Tim. 3:15)--the judicatories of the RPCNA have not answered those qualifications for at least a century and a half. That false Synod is tolerant of all kinds of moral evils and heresies to the point of embedding them in the so-called Testimony of the RPCNA. While I do not believe that the RPCNA is a true church constitutionally (i.e. not lawfully in possession of ecclesiastical power and jurisdiction), I do believe that its ordinances are, though not lawful, yet valid. Furthermore, I believe that there are those within the pale who exercise true faith and so there is a true church in the RPCNA (one might say despite the RPCNA). Nevertheless, the RPCNA,as a ministerial body, is devoid of any lawful authority. If you are worried--as you seem to be--about the effects of my "Letter" on those young in the faith, your concerns are misplaced. The TRUTH never hurt anyone. There is nothing in my "Letter" that Covenanters--REAL COVENANTERS--did not teach 150-200 years ago. Doesn't it bother you (or even "shock" you) that as a member of the RPCNA you would have such a knee-jerk reaction and rejection of the REAL COVENANTED and REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN testimony? Your concerns ought to be about what you have been taught and are teaching to those young in the faith. The matters raised in my "OPEN Letter" are not only between me and the deformed and deforming (re: false) Synod of the RPCNA; they affect all who have an interest in God's holy TRUTH as contended for at the time of the Second Reformation--every Protestant Christian who values the doctrines of Sovereign Grace and ecclesiastical and civil liberty. Your reaction was not based on the verity or falsity of any statement made in my "Letter;" it was founded upon a Popish view of ecclesiology and reared up on that evil doctrine of "implicit faith." No true Protestant--especially Covenanters (who eschew a clergy/laity distinction)--would want to lock up theological controversy to the "clergy." True, office bearers hold special responsibility to refute gainsayers, but I do not seen how your "request" will refute me--it will only silence me in THAT forum. In the end you will have lost the opportunity to display my folly to the world (if indeed that is what it is). You sign your note "Respectfully for Christ's Crown and Covenant," I submit that you have no idea what that means. (Maybe it signifies your implicit faith!?) You reject that Covenant referred to in that statement--if you didn't you would not have had the response you did to my "Letter." That Covenant referenced was no bulwark of toleration for errorists or heretics. I am simply recalling you to that grand Scriptural ideal of Christ's Crown and Covenant over Church and State. The false Synod of the RPCNA has done all it could to tear itself from the Covenant bonds of former times. Face it, the 1980 Testimony is a pathetic imitation of "testimony-bearing"--most of you in the RPCNA no longer have the stomach for faithful witness bearing. You are not Psalm-singing Covenanters--you are pseudo-Psalm-singing, "we are embarrassed by our past, we do not know what a Testimony really is for," backslidden children of real Covenanters. Two or three years ago, the late James Mitchell told me that he believed "the church is gone." He went on to refer to you all as a bunch of heathen (a sentiment I disagreed with). And that judgment flowed only from his comparison of the present Testimony with the 1871 Covenant (which I disavow as a serious act of covenanting). Mr. Mitchell's hoar hair went down to the grave in grief because of the lightness with which the present RPCNA conducts itself. I tried (in vain) to explain to him that you all had departed before he entered this pilgrimage. I loved and respected him though he was unable to come to that acknowledgement. He was led astray from his youth as to the intent of the 1871 Covenant. I will never forget the grief he expressed the last time we spoke face to face. As a professing RP minister, who refuses to confront these issues, I hold you (and those like you) responsible for misleading and abandoning a man of such character as James Mitchell. You are in serious spiritual trouble, but no concern--"Please do not tell us/do not remind us." I am not allowed to leave you alone (cf. Lev. 19:17,18). If you really believe my "Letter" is between me and the false RP Synod, why don't you introduce it and allow the professing Synod to draft a response? I would love the opportunity to remind the pretended Synod of what several of those now teaching at the Seminary had to say about the doctrine of Covenanting when they had a committee on the question in the late 70s. For example, Ed Robson (cf. pp. 138-143 of Minutes of Synod 1978; pp. 178-181 of Minutes of Synod 1979). I also have unpublished statements (I possess many of the original papers from that committee) by Duncan Lowe (the substance of correspondence with Meredith Kline) and others on that committee AT WAR with the doctrine of Covenanting! Additionally, I have Clark Copeland's copy of the report on which he scribbled his pleas for them not to abandon the Church's position on this doctrine. What are these people doing at the Seminary? They are not fit to hold office in any truly Reformed Presbyterian body--in fact, their denial would keep them from being communicant members in any rightly ordered Reformed Presbyterian body. The heresies held and propagated by many RP ministers do not stop at the Seminary. I know of one RP minister who denies exclusive Psalmody; several who believe the WCF is wrong to forbid pictures of Christ; most celebrate those days "vulgarly called holy-days," etc. It is vile. But, you are disturbed by the likes of me--YOU STRAIN OUT THE GNAT AND SWALLOW THE CAMEL!

For Christ's Crown and Covenant (TRULY),
Jim Dodson

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