Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

A New Denomination is Formed

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
On November 14 and 15 the Alliance of Reformed Churches met in Lynwood, Illinois. Delegates from 56 ARC member churches (most of them CRC-seceded-independent) met under the watchful eyes of delegates from 10 fraternal observing churches (among whom were also two delegates from the FRC External Relations Committee, Rev. P. VanderMeyden and Rev. H.A. Bergsma). The agenda called to consider the future of the ARC and its functions for various independent churches. Agreement was made that the Three Forms of Unity and The Westminster Confession be the confessional standards for members of the ARC. Further agreement was made that work begun on the forming of a new church order be continued. The future of the ARC is uncertain at this moment due to a historic event to which the ARC meeting had to give way after its second day of meetings: the formation of a new denomination! Wednesday evening, November 15, with the ARC meeting adjourned, 42 Independent churches met together and voted unanimously to federate into a new denomination. Attempts were made to settle on a new name, but it appears that this will take some time. For the time being, this newly formed denomination will be known as the Fellowship of Uniting Reformed Churches. A provisional Church Order was adopted (basically the old CRC Church Order), until a new one can be formulated and agreed upon.

As FRC observers, we rejoiced with the members of the newly founded denomination and came away encouraged, not only through good fellowship experienced with a number of brothers in the faith, but encouraged also because from some we heard familiar sounds such as the need for experiential preaching, fear of presumption, desire to return to the basics as taught in our Heidelberg Catechism, and a hunger for the infallible Word of God. We pray that this new denomination may find unity in its fellowship within, but especially unity in its fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Church.

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