Question and Answer

Authors of Q&A Answers?


In the past you would give the name of the minister who answered the question. Why is this no longer done?


Greetings in the Name of our Lord.

You indicate that you remember that we have previously given the names of the ministers who answered our questions. Actually, we used to attach only the initials of those men.

We ceased doing so for a simple, but basic, reason. In the preparation of a question and answer for posting on the Internet, the answer is regularly altered. We remove personal references, often add Scripture references or quotes from some source, and sometimes expand on a portion. All of this is intended to make the answer more profitable to those who visit our Web site. But the result is that the original work has been changed, and it would not be honest to represent it as though it were what the original minister had written.

Since that minister did not write exactly what was posted, we do not reveal the name of the man whose answer was the genesis of the answer you see. It would be unkind to expose him publicly to praise or criticism for something that may not have been what he himself wrote!

We do, however, offer to forward any inquiries to these men so that they may respond to the questioner if they wish. If you have further questions you would like to ask the original author of the answer for a particular "Q and A" or if you wish to express some viewpoint to him regarding what you read, please send it to us and we will send it on to him. If he wishes to correspond with you, he will email you directly.

Thank you.

About Q&A

"Questions and Answers" is a weekly feature of the OPC website. The answers come from individual ministers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church expressing their own convictions and do not necessarily represent an "official" position of the Church, especially in areas where the Standards of the Church (the Scriptures and the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms) are silent.

The questions come from individuals like yourself. If you have questions about biblical and theological matters, you are invited to send them by e-mail by using the "Pose a Question" link on the OPC home page or by clicking here.

At least one new question is posted each week, so there should always be something new here for you to read. (For those people who would like to look at previous questions and answers, they will continue to be available as well.)

The purpose of the OPC website's "Questions and Answers" is to respond to biblical and theological questions. Matters of church discipline, disputes, or debates go beyond the scope of our work. We recommend that you present your concerns in these areas to the appropriate judicatory. In most cases this will be to a local pastor, elder, or session. We do not want the website to replace personal involvement in, or commitment to, the local, visible church.

While we will respond to every serious questioner, we are not bound to give a substantive answer to every question, should we deem the question to be beyond the scope of our purpose or our own ability to answer.

You will receive an answer by e-mail. Please be patient as many of our respondents are busy pastors. The response to your question may take up to two (2) weeks. Some of the questions submitted will be chosen to be posted here, along with the corresponding answers.

Note that the "Questions and Answers" posted on the site have been edited—all personal references are removed, Scripture references or from some source may be added, and sometimes portions are expanded—to make the questions and answers more useful to a larger audience.

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