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First Presbyterian Church San Diego


Church Review
Scriptural View: 2/5 (revised web differs from reality)
Beliefs: 2/5 (revised web differs from reality)
Community: 4/5

Website Review
Site Usabilility: 4/5
Site Design: 3/5 (traditional)
Site Content: 3/5

Summary: This church has a great statement of Faith in their words “We are committed to classical Christian orthodoxy, the Reformed Faith, and the Evangelical theological heritage. The goal of our church is to live, work, serve, and worship together as a Household of Faith centered around the Lord Jesus Christ. Our mission is to make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Christ has commanded.” Well said!!! There are some other minor issues I disagree with that Presbyterians believe, including infant baptism but this is not a salvation issue.

EDIT: I spoke with a friend who has more information on this church. It turns out that although they post their belief statement, it is not the same as what is preached. As part of the PCUSA movement, this denomination continues to slip into liberal non-orthodox beliefs that are shaping the future of their churches against Biblical teachings.

EDIT: November 2004 I have had two people contact me telling me that this church is holding on to their theological convictions in spite of what is happening in the larger denominational context. Suggest you do your own investigation if you plan on attending this church.

Their website statement of faith may not dictate the reality of what they believe. Suggest you investigate if you plan on attending this church.

5 Responses to “First Presbyterian Church San Diego”

  1. Kevin Womack Says:

    I’m surprised and disappointed to see your review of First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. As a person very familiar with both the church and the senior pastor for the past ten years I’m telling you that your friend has given you bad information!

    True, the PC(USA) denomination is sliding away in the liberal direction, but First Pres. is holding firm, exactly as their website states. You really should experience the preaching and ethos of a church yourself before degrading them in your reviews on the basis of what a friend heard or what a friend says.

  2. stan Says:

    Kevin is exactly right…they’re holding the fort and deserve praise and encouragement.

  3. Jason Says:

    Instead of relying on the hearsay evidence of your friend. I would suggest you attend the church. From what I can deduce from your summary, it doesn’t sound like you have. Secondly, I would interview the pastor and ask all the doctrinal questions you want.
    I think if you did at least one of the two of these options you wouldn’t come to your hasty conclusion.
    I’m sure the intentions of this website are sincere, but all this review does is slander and denigrate the work this church does in standing firm to the creeds of what this denomination was built on, especially in light of the conservative/liberal theology divide.

  4. Chuck Says:

    The San Diego presbytery of the PCUSA is one of the most conservative in the entire PCUSA denomination.

    Just because a church is part of the PCUSA doesn’t mean its not orthodox. Many are faithful churches fighting the problems inside the larger family.

    You may need to get some better friends if you’re going to put your reputation on the line by posting incorrect information.

  5. Dr. David Benson Says:

    First Prebysterian Church of San Diego is holding true to the claims of Christ by teaching the truth as found in scripture. I’m very surprised by your summary. I would suggest you seek the truth about this church. Your information is incorect. Actually, you should be ashamed in such poor reporting. Perhaps you could evaluate this again by attending a worship service or personally speaking to one of their ministers.

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