Nor am I Merry Andrew - but I know a few Presbyterians ( I being one).
That might have been the case at one point in the Presbyterian Church - but it has split now...there are two larger churches - with some smaller ones - but they all have their own presbyteries. P.C.U.S.A. is generally considered the more liberal of the two - P.C.A. is the more conservative. Then you have the smaller ones such as Cumberland. The fact is that even within each of these Churches the Five Points of Calvinism is not always understood by many of the congregation, and certainly is not taught from the pulpit. I think Calvin himself was even hesitant to bring this up in the pulpit because of the confusion it caused. The fact is that it has nothing to do with the Gospel (the Gospel being - realization that you (not YOU - just you - generally) are a sinner, your need of a savior and accepting Christ as that savior - understanding that he died on the cross to save your sins and to give you life - this is open to everyone who wants to believe )...so many do not consider it an absolute necessity to believe in Calvin's teachings in order to be a believer - a follower of Christ.
It may have, at one point with older congregations been thought a person's wealth and health symbolized their status as a Christian, but that really is not adhered to - at least by the P.C.A. (Presbyterian Church of America). But these days - I would say it was not something that is taught in most of the churches. If there are some that do, they are probably more backwater churches that are not part of the main Presbyteries that form the government of the Presbyterian Church of America.
Hey Bethie - was it Southern Baptist? They call theirs a Convention. The Baptists really don't have a credo per se. But if they fly the flag of Southern Baptist then they belong to a Convention - even that has been split again recently.
Very many different beliefs flying around these days. People just have different ideas. I wonder one day if there will even be an organized church - or if it will dilute and break down to the point where there is only a remnant of believers that adhere to Scripture and are pretty much just a non-denominational group of folks that cling to the basics. Who knows? It is interesting to think about though. But I digress...
The main problem with Presbyterians is they think they KNOW everything. They generally tend to be a well educated lot and can be a bit of a pain the butt when it comes to their understanding of scripture. Dear though they are, they can be a bit conceited and need to be taken down a notch every once in a while.
Which I am glad to do. They are no different than most folks - they think they know what they know and can be quite stubborn.
But - I would say the ones I know do not believe that because they are Presbyterians they have prospered. I think they were once known as the Frozen Chosen. But I hope that no longer applies to most of them. Yuck. That is just wrong.