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Big words ? small faith - Rev. P. van Gurp on Reformed Continua

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This article was published earlier in De Bazuin and was used at informative evenings that were organized by The Reformed Churches (restored) to inform the concerned brothers and sisters in liberated Reformed churches about the situation in their churches.

The General Synod at Ede, dealing with the place of the women in the church is not only being intensely followed by the Reformed Churches (lib.), the GKv, but, as may be expected, also by us. Especially as it does not only concern a canon law, but the question is whether there will still be a return to a life from the only comfort of the Scriptures, or whether these churches continue on the path of undermining Scripture.
Both the Reformatorisch Dagblad and the Nederlands Dagblad up to now are paying a lot of attention to the developments at the synod. This includes an hour to hour report of what is being said at the synod via a so-called live-blog, but also what has, among other things, been written as recommendation to the synod by a number of the professors from Kampen.

Objections from the sister-churches rejected

Before the discussion on the so-called man/woman issue was started, the synod had made an extremely important decision.
That had to do with the objections that were presented by the sister-churches abroad against the course of the GKv. That was not just a difference of opinion, but was directed as an admonition to the GKv. It had to do with various matters that are closely related to the matter now at stake: the so- called new hermeneutics.

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The synod then decided to reject the objections! And that happened UNANIMOUSLY.

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A clear dismissive message

On behalf of the CGK (Christian Reformed Church)-deputies for church unity, Rev. W. van ’t Spijker was the first to speak. In no uncertain terms he voiced his criticism on the report of female office-bearers, the vision on Scripture that comes from that and the hermeneutical approach that the deputies choose.

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He concludes that, when the GKv-synod makes a decision that is in line with the deputy’s report, that you will certainly have something to explain, not only within our churches.
These were and are big words. Because it concerns big, important matters.
It was particularly remarkable that neither the deputies nor any of the delegates responded to this!

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A serious advice – a call to return

At the request of the synod the emeritus New Testament scholar, Prof. J. van Bruggen also gave his advice. He did that in a detailed, well-documented argument, in which he pointed the way that is in accordance with God’s Word and that culminates in an urgent appeal to return.

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In short: What the deputies assert simply means; it is just an opinion of Paul.
In Canada, Prof. van Houwelingen said it this way: that opinion of Paul (Adam was created first etc.) does not convince me.
It is understandable that Rev. van ’t Spijker characterizes this as a going very close to or just over the border of Scripture criticism. For it is not only that Paul spoke with apostolic authority, but especially that it was the Lord Himself Who said this through His servant Paul.
Prof. van Bruggen goes into that quotation from 1 Timothy 2 very extensively. And he concludes that section as follows:

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When the (synodical) Reformed Churches opened all offices for the women with an almost comparable reasoning as that of your deputies, they really did not have the intent to introduce criticism of Scripture or to put the Bible out of action. The indignation therefore was great when Prof. Dr. H.M.Kuitert immediately declared that his synod had now legalized criticism of Scripture. Yet he was right: what was done thoughtlessly, was regretted by many later on. This same process repeated itself in the Christian Reformed Churches. I refuse to believe that any of the deputies or members of the synod want this. But I do say: Look at this course and think again carefully! Surely this is not what you want?
Something that is much more difficult than making a decision, is a return to teaching the congregation about the importance of the history of creation and salvation in general and about these facts of Scripture in particular. The feeling for these realities has been worn away by the appreciation of our surroundings.
The decision on the report is taking place in an ecclesial reality that is adrift.
Therefore I pray for wisdom and courage for you all. You will not be able to make a decision that will change reality. You can however make a decision that is responsible. The LORD can, in His time and manner, make this a blessing for church and gospel, for man and woman.

Deputy, br. Slump

Br. Slump, one of the deputies, was the only one who presented a minority report. In his address he indicated very clearly that in the whole discussion it is all about the authority of the Scripture.
A call is increasingly made for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for our times. In other words: for an ongoing, additional revelation after Pentecost, separate from Scripture, even against the instructions which, among other things, are being passed on by Paul.

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They then also speak big words: the guidance of the Holy Spirit! But that comes forth from a small faith. As if the Father of the spirits, with Whom a thousand years are as one day, did not know that the attempts of the devil to mislead God’s children would become increasingly intensive, and that the devil increasingly secularizes the culture of our time and encourages the apostasy further and further.
Yet He gave His servant Paul, also our apostle, the words in his mouth and in his pen - for all times!
And with all good intentions to be missionary active, for the salvation of the people, one says farewell to the clear Word of God, that is eternally sure!
That is the tragic development in the once Christian Netherlands, in the churches, that have been liberated and blessed by the Lord.

Finally

It is still impossible to foresee what will happen.
The deputies want a principled pronouncement, namely that, within the scope of Scripture and confession in the church, it is legitimate to declare that women may serve in all offices.
Others seek a way out of the difficulties by starting a study about the offices. Deputies say of this : that’s only putting it off. But, according to one of them: it will come nonetheless! That is certain!
In fact the GKv is caught between two fires: the NGK which has already opened all offices for women, and the CGK, which has clearly expressed that this is against Scripture. And also: how does one now go further with the cooperation in the theological training in Kampen and Apeldoorn?

But again: the decision has already been made, by rejecting the objections from the sister churches abroad.

Source: reformedcontinua.nl 17-12-2014 Rev. P. van Gurp - Big words ? small faith

Laatst aangepast op dinsdag 23 december 2014 17:46  

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