The Standing Judicial Commission Panel of the Presbyterian Church in America has found Phil Dudt NOT Guilty.
Praise the Lord! The SJC Panel, which found nearly twenty material errors committed by the Midway Session and/or NWGA Presbytery, stated in its proposed decision “The decision of Midway Presbyterian Church and Northwest Georgia Presbytery are reversed in whole. The SJC renders the decision that should have been rendered, to wit, not guilty. RE Dudt is relieved of his conviction and censure, and is restored to the full exercise of his office.”
Many statements in this decision are very damaging to the Midway Session including that the charges were NOT Biblically based. That should be very concerning to every member of Midway Presbyterian Church.
The decision now moves onto the full SJC where they will almost certainly concur. While we can find no precedent for a case of this nature being overturned by the full 24 man Standing Judicial Commission (at which point it will be final), we urge readers to continue in prayer until that final decision can be made.
Stay tuned. The Midway Guardian will have much to say about this decision in the upcoming days.