It Doesn’t Work: Reformed Church in America

Of all the denominations that would have lessons for the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC), the Reformed Church in America (RCA) would be at the top of the list. They have the same statements of faith and the same Dutch heritage. While sharing many similarities, they have distinct histories. The RCA has a long history of trying to maintain unity despite differences, reaching across doctrinal differences to cooperate with churches outside the Reformed tradition. The CRC has a long history of seeking biblical and confessional fidelity, careful selection of ecumenical partners.

…“If you really believe pastors and elders are leading people astray, discipline is a reasonable action,” said Bremer. “Unity is scriptural, but it is also scriptural to confront false teaching.”

The RCA has a long history of agreeing-to-disagree going all the way back to 1880. This strategy has kept them together for many years. Then they hit the buzzsaw of different views on marriage and sexuality. The result was being cut in half. It doesn’t work.

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