The Pearcey Report has just revealed that R.C. Sproul Jr. (son of well known pastor and theologian R.C. Sproul), along with the other elders of Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, have been defrocked by the Westminster Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly. According to the report, "Among the reasons for the disciplinary action are charges of spiritual abuse of members and attendees of St. Peter Presbyterian Church, as well as financial irregularities that include the 'identity theft' of another church’s Federal Tax I.D. number." The Declaratory Judgment is available here.
What is the response of the Saint Peter Presbyterian Church's elders? The Highlands Study Center web site states:
As many of you have read, Dr. Sproul Jr., along with the entire session of Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, has heard from the moderator of the Westminster Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Assembly, that they have been deposed from their offices as elders in the church. This action was taken without a trial, indeed without even a conversation. We disagree with the action taken, and are considering our options as to how to respond. What we will not do is take shots against our accusers over the internet, and would encourage you not to do the same. Please be patient, and please pray for the peace and purity of the church.
We should all take these words to heart and pray for this entire situation.