REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA: A HISTORY OF “SHARP DISPUTE AND DEBATE”

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Oct. 11, 2020

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REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA:

A HISTORY OF “SHARP DISPUTE AND DEBATE”

Acts 15:1-20

Introduction:   We are exploring the question of when is it legitimate for a congregation to end a relationship with a denomination.  The R.C.A. has lived with the tension of splitting from it’s beginning.  

  1. ORIGINS OF THE REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA
  1. Protestant Reformation in 1517
  2. Reformed Dutch Church First Organized Congregation Founded in 1628
  1. Broke from the Netherlands in 1776
  2. Renamed the Reformed Church in America in 1867
  1. Christ Centered, Biblical, Confessional
  1. HISTORY OF CONFLICT IN THE R.C.A.
  1. Early Years
  2. Split and Creation of the Christian Reformed Church in 1857
  3. Early 1900’s
  4. Proposal to Dissolve in 1969
  5. Woman’s Ordination, Abortion, Same Gender Attraction
  1. CONFLICT TODAY
  1. Same Gender Marriage and Ordination of Same Gender Couples
  2. History of the Conflict
  1. 1978:   First Paper on homosexuality presented and approved at General Synod
  2. Continued debate, resolutions, papers on various aspects of same sex attraction and marriage have been presented, debated, and voted on over the past forty years.
  1. Gridlock Leads to the Formation of the Vision 2020 Team to Provide Concrete Options to Move Forward
  2. “Dysfunction” of Denominational Structure:
  1. 11% of confessing members can stop the will of 89% of confessing members on any constitutional issue.
  2. The Rulings of the General Synod are not authoritative on Classis

Conclusion:  Is this conflict worthy of First Reformed Church Rock Rapids leaving the Reformed Church?

Overview and General Synod Actions on Homosexuality

https://www.faithreformedchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/RCA-Overview-on-Homosexuality.pdf

 

Summaries of General Synod Discussions and Actions and Rights of Homosexuals:

https://religiousinstitute.org/denom_statements/homosexuality-and-the-rights-of-homosexuals