What Free Presbyterian ministers are saying on their blogs is unknown, as they don’t seem to have any, but in real life there has been about the same level of concern and prayer as is expressed by these FC bloggers, and there also seems to be a large measure of agreement that CoS evangelicals need to do something to overtly align themselves more closely with the orthodox confessional position which they would surely be much more at home in.
I’d doubt very much that a split in the CoS would be either practical or beneficial. I’d also take some convincing that a new denomination would be a good idea. Given current tastes and practices maybe the FC is the obvious place for a confessional CoS evangelical to turn, and it sounds like they’d get a welcome there. I suppose there’s only thing that holds me back from wholeheartedly hoping that that’s what would happen. That’s a small wishful thought that a welcome would be extended from the FPs to brothers and sisters in the CoS – issued in seriousness and charity and heard as real and well-meant. The FPism of popular caricature is surprisingly different from the actual reality, and surely we can at least invite people to come and find that out for themselves.
Meantime, Mr Meredith’s proposal, with the three caveats he carefully attaches, deserves some thoughtful consideration.