We adhere to the position adopted by the Church of Scotland at the reformation. Our divergence from the Church of Scotland dates from 1843.
The immediate cause of the Disruption of 1843 was the insistence by the civil courts that the Church had to ordain men to the ministry irrespective of their acceptability to the parishioners. This was an intolerable interference in the spiritual liberties of the church. Thus, a severing of the link that bound the Church to the State occurred. Since the Chuch was not of one mind regarding the proposed action, the Church was itself split. The Free Church, subservient to no other authority than the will of God as set out in the Scriptures as understood by the collective mind of the Church, came into being.