Comparing Two Branches

Discussion in 'Church History' started by ChananBachiyr, Nov 12, 2016.

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  1. ChananBachiyr

    ChananBachiyr Puritan Board Freshman

    Good evening all!

    I realize there is another post in the Church History section pointing out some difference between OPC, PCA and EPC churches; that thread is here.

    However, I was hoping you guys would help me to understand the main differences, whether in personal experience or document, between OPC and ARP, specifically.

    I've done a little research and the best that I can conclude are these points:
    OPC is more conservative than ARP - Though I don't know how much more nor in what specific ways.
    ARP is more evangelically driven - Though I don't have an idea of the extent. (I'm sure each is different)

    But that's all I've come up with at this time. :detective:
    If anyone can help out and point out more differences, it would be greatly appreciated as my wife and I are in need of a home church and my search has been diligent! I'm confident that much help will come from PB and God will direct our path!
     
  2. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    The other thing to consider beside current condition is different historical roots. The OPC came out of the northern Presbyterian Church in the face of liberalism and has also had a lot of Dutch influence. The ARP has roots and history in the Seceder tradition originally and also has a Covenanter history.

    To say things about evangelically driven or conservative depend a lot on the individual congregation and are best viewed on a case-by-case basis.
     
  3. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    Are those all Presbyterian Church groups, as being Baptist, have nott heard of them before by those initials?
     
  4. ChananBachiyr

    ChananBachiyr Puritan Board Freshman

    Yes sir, all presbyterian.
    OPC = Orthodox Presbyterian Church
    ARP = Associate Reformed Presbyterian
    EPC = Evangelical Presbyterian Church
    PCA = Presbyterian Church in America
     
  5. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    The main site seems to be down at present, but here is a cached version worth looking over:

    https://goo.gl/lThbu0
     
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  6. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    Which would hold to more conservative beliefs then, such as views on gay lifestyles, scripture, salvation etc?
     
  7. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    Look at the table in the link provided for "C" (confessional) and the comments stating the degree of conservatism, e.g., OPC, RPCNA, etc.
     
  8. ChananBachiyr

    ChananBachiyr Puritan Board Freshman

    Thanks a lot for the link, Mr. Religion, very helpful!
     
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