Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Prov. 31:8-9

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Eph. 5:11

“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.”

2 Cor. 13:8




Libel Against FCC Elder John Uselding

John Uselding is currently an elder in the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) in the Burlington, NC (USA) congregation, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (with pastor Gavin Beers), and has been appointed by the presbytery to be on the overseeing session of elders for Zion Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg, VA (2023).

Justin and Genesis Spratt publicly posted this libel to the internet in 2019, here, years before Mr. Uselding became an elder in the FCC.  The American presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) was notified and made aware of it (many of the FCC elders were previously aware of the general issues from the time they happened).

Neither the presbytery nor Cornerstone’s session investigated these public scandals or public charges, despite what their constitution says:

The Practice of the Free Church of Scotland in her Several Courts  8th ed.  (Edinburgh: Knox Press, 1995), p. 196, Form of Process (1707), 8.18:

“…it be the duty of pastors and ruling elders to use all diligence and vigilance, both by doctrine and discipline respectively, for preventing and purging out such errors, heresies, schisms, and scandals, as tend to the detriment and disturbance of the Church,”

Mr. Uselding has never expressed repentance to his victims.  A related document to Mr. Uselding’s history is the Presbyterian Reformed Church’s Libel Against Steven Dilday, a defrocked minister.  All of this is only the tip of the iceberg with respect to Mr. Uselding and how American FCC elders facilitated his becoming an elder.

For more information and much detailed documentation with witnesses, or any questions, please use the contact form.  See also the webpage of resources, The Right of Continued Protest unto the Truth.




“Woe unto you…  for ye…  have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done…”

Mt. 23:23

“But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

2 Cor. 4:2

“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Jn. 3:20-21




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