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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…

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…

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…

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…

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 had received, and was discussing, an extensive report with recommendations about women in office. As…

RCN schools and the loss of church identity

There are things happening in the Dutch RCN (GKv)[i] that are clear warnings for church schools, such as our FRCA[ii] schools here in Western Australia. Ours are closed schools; the students must be members of the church (or in special cases in the process…

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 ordination of female elders and found them unconvincing.[i] This synod also declared that there were biblical…

Dutch Decision on Female Ordination of Elder Weighed and Found Wanting (2)

Miriam The second reason Synod Meppel gave for admitting women to the office of elder is: “They [women] could be called thereto [i.e. to participate in governing and judging] by God, as is evident from Micah 6:4 where the LORD addresses Israel and says:…