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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…

First RCN woman permitted to preach in church services

According to Nederlands Dagblad (Netherlands Daily) 8th June 2018, a female theologian and church worker, Gerry Bos, has officially received permission…

The RCN: from deformation to Liberation to deformation 3

June 7, 2018 - 5:55 pm in Reformed Churches of the Netherlands

Having shown how, prior to the Liberation of 1944, life in the churches was characterised by spiritual decline, and how the Liberation caused life to blossom in the service of the Lord, Br Ballast now focusses on the signs of deformation from the 1970s onwards.…

The RCN: from deformation to Liberation to deformation 2

June 6, 2018 - 2:48 pm in Reformed Churches of the Netherlands

In the previous instalment, Br Ballast spoke about how, prior to the Liberation of 1944, life in the churches was characterised by spiritual decline—contentment with what had been achieved, spiritual stagnation, not living for Christ’s return, worldliness…

The RCN: from deformation to Liberation to deformation 1

June 5, 2018 - 9:46 am in Reformed Churches of the Netherlands

A recent speech by Rev Moesker was published on this website in a series of articles titled “Are we following the Decline in the RCN?”. On the 15th May, Br H Ballast held an introduction at a combined men’s club on the same subject in which he traces…

Are We Following the Decline in the RCN? (2)

In the previous article based on Rev J Moesker’s speech he illustrates that what we see happening in the RCN are changes to accommodate today’s culture. In this second article he expands on the idea that it is based very much on feelings and emotions,…

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…

To stay, or not to stay, in the RCN (GKv) 3

January 15, 2018 - 8:58 pm in Reformed Churches of the Netherlands

There is value in looking at the reasons people use to stay in the wayward RCN. Those same reasons have in the past been used in times of reformation and liberation and they continue to be used today to justify staying in various unfaithful churches. Here…

To stay, or not to stay, in the RCN (GKv) 2

January 11, 2018 - 10:49 am in Reformed Churches of the Netherlands

The previous instalment referred to an article of H Oosterhuis in which he evaluates the reasons given by those who claim they must remain in the RCN. He shows that it is unsound to claim that ‘one may never leave the [RCN]’ and ‘the RCN still allows…