Heidelminicast Q&A: What About The Reformed Church In America?

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  1. I am a member at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, and was so when Pastor Kevin DeYoung and our elders led us out of the RCA and into the PCA.

    There were a number of reasons for this move. Among them were:

    1) The adoption by the denomination of the Belhar Confession as a foundational confession co-equal to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort.

    2) A general fatigue of the elders with constant battles with the denomination over the its inclination toward theological liberalism, coupled with a frustration with the clear sense that our elders were consistently being minimized as fundamentalist cranks within the denomination.

    3) University Reformed Church had developed an active program for training young men to become pastors, yet the elders felt that they could not in good conscience send these young men off to pastor churches in the RCA. The elders sought a denominational home in which the young men we trained would be welcomed.

  2. From at least the 1940s on, there was an East/West difference in the RCA. In the West (meaning mostly Michigan, Illinois, & Iowa), there were many confessionally Reformed ministers and congregations. In the East, (meaning mostly New York and New Jersey) the “broadly evangelical” latitudinarians were the conservatives, in distinction from the out-&-out liberals. Remember that Norman Vincent Peale preached his totally works-oriented message from an RCA pulpit.

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