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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,…

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?…

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 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:…

Dutch Decision on Female Ordination of Elder Weighed and Found Wanting (1)

The grounds which Synod Meppel used to justify their decision to allow churches to ordain women to all ecclesiastical offices were given on July 4 in a letter from the executive of the Synod to our Dutch sister churches. The Synod made separate decisions to…

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…

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,…

To leave the GKv (RCN)

In 2013 my wife and I were in Holland and spoke with a couple of widowed cousins about the decline in the GKv. We were unable to persuade them to leave the GKv and to join the continuing reformed churches of our Lord. However, they assured us that, if ever…