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WATNU’s ‘Open Letter’ to Rev M H Oosterhuis

In the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (RCN or, in Dutch, GKv) there is, understandably, a group of members who are unhappy with the decision of their synod to allow women in office. They ask themselves: What must we do now? This is reflected in the name…

FRCA ends sister relations with RCN

  Today, 21 June 2018, the Synod of Free Reformed churches of Australia (FRCA) decided “with sadness to terminate the sister relationship with…

The Burning of the Wooden Shoes 2

May 19, 2018 - 9:24 am in Church doctrine, Church Services

Here follows the second and final part of Christopher J Gordon’s pertinent warning. Social Justice or Gospel Injustice? The pressures being laid upon…

The Burning of the Wooden Shoes 1

May 17, 2018 - 7:14 pm in Church doctrine, Church Services

The attempt by churches to make themselves more acceptable to the world and to attract more members has led to a decline in those churches. We’ve seen a warning example of this in the Netherlands in the RCN (GKv). The following article by Christopher J Gordon…

To stay, or not to stay, in the RCN (GKv) 1

Over the last few decades developments within the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (RCN, in Dutch GKv), have shown a steady deterioration. The latest official sign of that deterioration is RCN synod’s decision to allow women in all the offices in clear…

When the world shapes church doctrine

If you don’t like what the Bible says about something, just reinterpret it. Don’t want to believe any more that God created the universe in six days? Just say that the days of creation in Genesis 1 symbolise long periods of time. That will bring creation…

Do Children Who Die Young go to Heaven?

November 11, 2017 - 10:16 am in Church doctrine

We confess that children who die, including those who die in the womb, go straight to heaven if their parents believe the gospel. Others hold different views, as I will show. But first, an apology related to this. An apology In July, I published an article…

No Partiality

October 21, 2017 - 1:03 pm in Church doctrine, Meditations

A wealthy, well-dressed dignified man in fine clothes and wearing gold rings comes into church. The sexton respectfully ushers him in and gives him a seat in a place of honour. Then a poor humble man in old, stained clothes comes in. The sexton tells him to…

ICRC patience with RCN (GKv) exhausted

Whilst the ICRC, in its aims and purposes, reflects a pluriformity of the church concept, and thereby compromises what we confess about the (true) church, [I] there are limits to what it tolerates. One of those is women in office, as the following responses…

Women in office and the (mis)use of Bible texts

The mind boggles at responses in the Dutch religious press[i] following the decision by the ‘Reformed Churches of the Netherlands' (RCN; Dutch GKv) to open the offices of deacons, elders and ministers to women. Some respondents favour women in office because,…