On this date in 1981, Orthodox Presbyterians were reading in the December issue of NEW HORIZONS that an insufficient number of Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America had supported the joining and receiving plan with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. NEW HORIZONS reported,
"As of early November, 23 PCA presbyteries had voted on the joining and receiving proposal. All of them voted to receive the RPCES. Eight PCA presbyteries voted against the reception of the OPC, thus killing the proposal which needed the approval of three-fourths of their 25 presbyteries. The voting was close. The eighth negative vote was just one more than the seven needed to kill the proposal. One presbytery deadlocked at 20-20 (a negative vote under the rules), and another defeated the proposal 50-52. Thus a change in three negative votes would have kept the proposal alive for the OPC."