Years ago a Protestant Reformed minister told me that the URCNA was nothing more than the CRCNA of the 1950s. I took exception to that statement but it did make me wonder how much truth was in it. Would the URC be a church of the twenty-first century with its own purposeful Reformed conviction, or would it cling to a point in the CRC trajectory where it felt most comfortable with its past cultural identity? If the latter was true, I knew the URCNA would struggle with identity, soon finding itself having a difficult time being able to distinguish between the essentials of what binds them together in unity with secondary non-confessional issues. It was easy to come out of the CRC as fighters, and the danger remained that if we lost the heart of our gospel fellowship, it wouldn’t take much to begin unraveling the newly “United” Reformed churches, especially living in an ever increasing vicious blogosphere and internet world where people can remain largely unaccountable for their actions.
With this in mind, the URC should always be careful to think through the decisions they make today and how these decisions will affect their unity tomorrow. Decisions made by office bearers today without carefully thinking through the consequences of their actions can have devastating effects upon the unity of our federation of churches.
— Chris Gordon, “Extra Confessional Binding & The Belgic 36 Beat Down (1)” Part 2