Here is why:
1-A gentleman recapitulated Dr. Bechtel's presidential speech beautifully at the microphone...part of being Reformed is the fundamental belief in the power of the Holy Spirit in the gathered body. As President Bechtel said, "We believe the spirit speaks most reliably and consistently in the gathered body of God." Let us then gather together.
2-Let us remember we do not gather at GS to simply "do business" but it is a time were we strengthen our fellowship and continue to ask as a body 'what is God doing in our denomination?' These are words that General Secretary Wes spoke to the seminarians this week.
3-Finally, it is my hope that the Belhar will pass at GS. It is also my hope that the Belhar will pass at the classis level. If this is true, we must wait 2 years then for it to be added as one of our confessional standards if we do not have GS10. I think that would not be a good thing for us to wait that long.
That being said, I am aware of the finanical situation. Times are difficult, yes. Might we become more creative? What would a GS10 online look like? This would cut the cost and allow GS to meet.