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To Be or Not To Be — Bound by a Form?

Since 1619, the Christian Reformed Church and its predecessor denominations in the Netherlands have had some of the strictest policies of any Reformed tradition for subscription to the doctrinal standards of the church.               That could change if Classis Thornapple Valley gets its way. By unanimous vote, the January […]

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Subscription in the Dutch Reformed Tradition

The Reformation was above all a doctrinal reform in the life of the church. Throughout the Middle Ages, calls for reform had primarily been concerned with the moral life of the church. The Reformation certainly resulted in profound moral and spiritual renewal for the church, but the foundation of that renewal was doctrinal. The doctrinal […]

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The Character of the Church’s Creeds (I)

WHAT IS the character of the standards of a Reformed church, a church which aims at being a confessing church in the world by proclaiming the truth of God’s Word? This question demands a composite answer. Such an answer has been provided by the late Prof. P. Biesterveld in his Schets van de Symboliek. He […]

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The Character of the Church’s Creeds (II)

In light of recent discussions about the Form of Subscription, Reformed Fellowship offers this republication of the second of two articles by Dr. Louis Praamsma originally published in the October 1963 issue of Torch and Trumpet. IN THE FIRST article I attempted to demonstrate, by an appeal to various decisions and documents, that the creeds […]

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