Through the tireless efforts at mediation by John Frame, professor at the Westminster Theological Seminary (now at Reformed Theological Seminary), a reconciliation was achieved, and the ban of excommunication was lifted.
The words were found primarily in a response to a Covenant Community Church Position Paper, "Is it Our Moral Obligation to Attend Church?" I answered No. I claimed that part of The Christmas Conspiracy! was the end of all churches. Obviously this strained my relationship with the church. Bahnsen had been tutoring me with a view to ordination in the OPC (!), and my "anarchist" views were stubbornly adhered to and intricately developed. It was becoming obvious that my views and those of the Session were worlds apart. The publication of a paper against "attending church" -- ready to be passed out to the entire church -- was perhaps the last straw. While insisting that I was not charged with any doctrinal deviations, the Session objected to the language I used in that paper.
The lunch date I had scheduled with Bahnsen the week of his death would unquestionably have been a heart-felt and cordial time of fellowship. I await a glorious reunion.
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