Following the presentation of an extensive report on race relations and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church by the denomination’s Theological and Social Concerns Committee, the following motion was overwhelmingly approved in June of 2016:
“We, the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, do confess the sinful failings of our church in the past in regard to slavery and racism. We reaffirm that all people are made in the image of God. We also reaffirm our historic stance that the Gospel should be offered freely to all sinners regardless of race or ethnicity through the preaching and teaching of God’s holy, inerrant, and infallible Word.”
In accordance with our denomination’s confession, our Community Relations Committee publicly stated in July of 2020, “At First Presbyterian Church, all people are welcome regardless of race or ethnicity to the fellowship of this congregation, and we pledge ourselves to Christ in the building of his church which he ransomed ‘from every tribe and language and people and nation’ (Revelation 5:9).”
Therefore, as we endeavor to show hospitality to all brothers and sisters in Christ and engage ourselves in the ministries of evangelism and service to all in our community, we proclaim that all people are made in the image of God (Imago Dei). Given this view of mankind as image bearers, we regard racism in any form as sin in the sight of God.