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Apologetic Methodology and the Westminster Doctrine of Scripture

The Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States (RPCUS) is wholeheartedly committed to the method of defending the Christian faith commonly called presuppositional apologetics. Briefly stated, this method insists that as the Holy Scriptures are the only foundation for human knowledge and experience, our presentation of the faith must challenge the unbeliever to abandon his rebellion and submit to the Scriptures before he can understand even one fact correctly. The unbeliever comes to the factual conclusions that he does because his presuppositions are what they are. Accordingly, we must call upon him to abandon his presuppositions of autonomy and submit to Christ's Lordship in every area of life. We require all our officers, ministers, ruling elders, and deacons to subscribe to this view of our Standards. We do so because we believe that this is the apologetic methodology required by full or strict subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Three initial objections are commonly raised against our position. They are addressed first to prep,re the reader for the discussions that will follow.