Associated Presbyterian Churches

Associated Presbyterian Churches

The Associated Presbyterian Churches (APC) is a small Scottish Christian denomination (with some representation in Canada and New Zealand), formed in 1989 from part of the community of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland.

The division occurred because of a continuing difference over liberty of conscience (as defined in the Westminster Confession of Faith), which came to a head over the attendance of Lord Mackay of Clashfern at a Requiem Mass which formed part of the funeral of a colleague, Judge John Wheatley, Baron Wheatley. The people who formed the APC believed that Liberty of Conscience was not being given sufficient place in the Free Presbyterian Church, and that the disciplinary action taken by the Free Presbyterian authorities against Lord Mackay was inappropriate.

The Associated Churches website states: "We believe that it is correct to allow Christians to make their own decisions on matters that are not fundamental to the faith."

The largest of their congregations are in Inverness and Stornoway.

External links

* [ Associated Churches website]
* [ Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland]

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