Background & History
The Presbyterian Reformed Church of Australia commenced in 1967 when the minister, elders, and most of the congregation at Sutherland (a southern suburb of Sydney) separated from the Presbyterian Church of Australia because of the evidence at that time of that denomination's departure from the teachings of the Bible.
The Presbyterian Reformed Church stands for a clear testimony to the historic Christian faith. We hold to the infallibility and inerrancy of the Scriptures and the Protestant doctrine of salvation by faith alone, through the Scriptures alone, through grace alone. We seek to preach Jesus Christ and him crucified with plainness and not with enticing words of man's wisdom. (1 Corinthians 2:4)
Since 1967 a steady growth has been experienced with people separating from mainstream churches and joining the PRC. There has not been another instance of a whole congregation joining to the PRC, yet people by ones and twos, sometimes several families, have done so. Through the years we have seen many unconverted friends and members of families, by God's grace, regenerated and come to a saving faith in Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.
There have been difficulties and trials in the history of this Church, and divisions have occurred. Nevertheless we can testify to the goodness of God in sustaining and preserving the PRC as it seeks to be faithful to His Word.
PRC congregations are established in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria. There is also a theological college, publishing work, and missionary activity.
The PRC believes the Bible to be the written, infallible Word of God, and our only guide for faith and practice. This faith and practice is summarised in the Westminster Confession of Faith (available from Covenanter Press). The Church has adopted a few amendments to the original Westminster Confession.
Salvation requires repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. Membership of the PRC requires a clear and credible profession of faith in Christ, together with a life consistent with that profession.
The PRC does not claim to be the only true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. True churches are those which are striving for conformity to God's Word, are holding fast to the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and are feeding and nurturing the people of God.
[ The congregation in Maroondah (a council area in eastern Melbourne, Victoria) commenced in 1980 and maintained a faithful testimony to the biblical truths of the Gospel until April 2014. ]