About the Associated Presbyterian Churches

The ASSOCIATED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES (APC), reformed and evangelistic, came into being in 1989, following the perceived failure of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland to put into practice two chapters of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Church’s Subordinate Standard.

In this way, it may be said that the APC ‘distinctives’ which caused its separate existence in May, 1989 were a re-asserting in its Church Practice of chapters 20 and 26 of the Westminster Confession of Faith viz:

Chapter 20: “Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience” – ‘God alone is Lord of the conscience, and has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in any way contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith or worship. So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.

Members of the APC value highly this new-found experience of the right of private judgement and liberty from Church Courts, making men lords of faith and conscience’.

Chapter 26: “Of Communion of Saints” – The APC seeks to re-assert this communion as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith itself, viz “Saints, by profession, are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offers opportunity, is to be extended to all those who in every place, call upon the name of the Lord Jesus”.

We in the APC, therefore, practise fellowship with all Evangelical Christians, and, on this basis, have an ‘open pulpit’ policy. We believe that it is correct to allow Christians to make their own decisions on matters that are not fundamental to the faith. We emphasise the importance of doctrine based on the Bible as the Supreme Standard and the Westminster Confession of Faith as the Subordinate Standard.