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Prophecy and the Pope’s Deal with China

February 28, 2018 - 12:29 pm in Church History, Persecution of Christians, Sects, World history

The pope is doing a deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In March, the Roman Catholic Church will give the Communist Party the power to appoint bishops in China. Just what the pope’s hope is remains unclear but what is clear is that here we have…

Luther’s beautiful break with the age-old error of the church

October 31, 2017 - 12:10 pm in Church History

Today, 31 October 2017, we remember that exactly 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg. Those theses were…

No Coalition in Denial of Antithesis

October 7, 2017 - 11:52 am in Church History, Meditations

In 1946, two years after the church Liberation of 1944, K Schilder published the following meditation (here translated). [i] It has a context. The ‘synodical’…

Concerned members discuss leaving the RCN (GKv)

Why refer, yet again, to something happening in the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (RCN or in Dutch GKv) on the other side of the globe? First because, although ‘our’ FRCA have suspended relations with the RCN/GKv, they are still our sister churches.…

Klaas Schilder remembered

March 23, 2017 - 12:46 pm in Church History

Today, the 23rd March 2017, it is 65 years ago that Dr K Schilder passed away. Exactly eight years earlier, to the day, he was unjustly deposed from office. That and related events led to the church of our Lord being continued under a new name, the Reformed…

The Church Struggle of the 1960s (part 4)

September 26, 2016 - 7:31 pm in Church History

A number of ministers in our Dutch sister churches during the 1960s were no longer reformed in their thinking. Through their writing and speaking they showed that they were unthankful for the Lord’s work of Liberation, were no longer faithful to Scripture…

The Church Struggle of the 1960s (part 3)

September 24, 2016 - 10:16 am in Church History

The struggle during the 1960s was a struggle to remain faithful to Scripture, our Three Forms of Unity and reformed church government. Those who saw the Liberation of 1944 as no more than a squabble between brothers lost sight of what the LORD had done for…

The Church Struggle of the 1960s (part 2)

September 21, 2016 - 7:22 pm in Church History

The previous article showed that during the 1960s it became evident that there were some ministers and others in the (liberated) Reformed Churches (RCN) who did not see the Liberation as a reformational work of deliverance by the LORD. Instead these people…

The Church Struggle of the 1960s (part 1)

September 20, 2016 - 12:40 pm in Church History

Fifty years ago, in 1966, an ‘Open Letter’ was published that threatened to undermine the truth of God’s Word and the federation of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands – liberated (RCN). It resulted in a fierce struggle for the truth and hence…

Sola Scriptura (7)

February 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm in Church History, Hermeneutics, Sects

Sola Scriptura – Scripture alone – was the central struggle of the great sixteenth century Reformation when the Roman Catholic Church made Scripture dependent on the church’s traditions and authority, and when the Anabaptists elevated the ‘inner light’…