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Are We Following the Decline in the RCN? (1)

Are Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC) following the decline in Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (RCN)? Rev J Visscher says no. Rev J Moesker says yes. What follows is a somewhat condensed transcription of his speech “Are we following the Reformed churches…

Reinterpreting Scripture through Cultural Context

Earlier this year four representatives from the Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC) visited Synod Meppel 2017 of the Dutch RCN sister churches. Synod Meppel…

The Justification for Female Ministers in our Sister Churches

Synod Meppel of our Dutch sister churches approved the ordination of women to all ecclesiastical offices. We previously considered its arguments for the…

Not Equality, but Respect for Office Bearers

July 29, 2017 - 12:31 pm in Hermeneutics, Office bearers, Women in office

We live at a time when there is constant emphasis on equality – particularly by the ideologues, such as the gender brigade: there must be just as many women in the boards of businesses as there are men, just as many women in government, in positions of power,…

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…

GKv (RCN) in Bondage to Today’s Culture

In this article Prof Dr C Van Dam shows how the RCN (GKv) decision on women in office is symptom of a deeper problem: a new way of reading Scripture which brings them into the bondage of the prevailing culture of our day. “Our Sister Churches Open all Ecclesiastical…

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,…

Next step for GKv: unity with NRC

Once a church takes steps in a certain direction it is often hard to change course. We see an example of that in the matter of women in office. When our Dutch sister churches, the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (GKv), appointed a committee to study that…

FRCA deputies’ address to RCN Synod Meppel

Rev Anderson and Rev Hagg, representing the Free Reformed Churches of Australia, recently addressed the Synod (at Meppel) of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (RCN/GKv) as follows: Esteemed delegates of Synod and honoured guests On behalf of the Free…

Seeing Clearly

May 10, 2017 - 10:31 am in Hermeneutics

Look at the picture above.  What do you see?  Some of you will automatically see a beautiful young woman from a different era.  Others will see a decrepit old lady.  If you look long enough, you will soon see both.  This is a powerful illustration of…