Christian Reformed Church codifies homosexual sex as sin in its declaration of faith

"The 123-53 vote at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, caps a process begun in 2016 when a previous synod voted to form a study committee to bring a report on the 'biblical theology' of sexuality.” - RNS

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Anyone familiar with Calvin University and its associated denomination understands that 1) this doctrinal statement will not last since younger members oppose the statement and will simply wait until the older people die off; 2) Calvin University doesn't deserve the name "Evangelical". A homosexual student body president is all you need to know.

Wally Morris

Charity Baptist Church

Huntington, IN

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[quote=WallyMorris]

Anyone familiar with Calvin University and its associated denomination understands that 1) this doctrinal statement will not last since younger members oppose the statement and will simply wait until the older people die off; 2) Calvin University doesn't deserve the name "Evangelical". A homosexual student body president is all you need to know.

Wally I agree 100 % with your position.  In regards to the Reformed church are they not a  Dutch Church historically.  Converge is the Swedish Baptist Church and the Evangelical Free are Norwegian.  I know the Dutch settled in MI.  It's kind of like the Northern Strip of Ohio was originally settled by Connecticut Settlers because that was the area they had warrants for Farms for those Soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War. That's why a lot of the small towns in Northern Ohio are laid out like New England villages.  
 

 Other than that I have no knowledge about the Reformed Church.  I'm guessing the Dutch settled there after old Northwest Indian wars were settled after the battle of the fallen Timbers.  My guess is the Dutch Revolutionary War Soldiers from North Jersey and the NY went their to claim their warrants for land and brought their church with them.  This put the center of the Reformed Church in MI.  Most dived out of NY and NJ for better farmland and the opportunity to even own land.  Some went to Canada to.  When you get into the Swedes Norwegians and I'm guessing the Dutch your getting into some of the biggest Liberals in the Country.  Why do you think they call Duluth Minnesota the San Francisco of the North.  

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Anyone familiar with Calvin University and its associated denomination understands that 1) this doctrinal statement will not last since younger members oppose the statement and will simply wait until the older people die off; 2) Calvin University doesn't deserve the name "Evangelical". A homosexual student body president is all you need to know.

I'm very familiar with Calvin college since Calvin and the headquarters of the CRC are located in my city. I am in regular contact with several CRC churches and ministry colleagues. Also, a young guy in my small group from church graduated from Calvin in 2020. He was the editor of the Campus newspaper (Chimes) from 2018-2020 so he's got his finger on the pulse of the college and the alumni. It's not just a younger vs. older battle. The younger folks within the CRC are split 60-40 for the Historical Biblical position on Sexuality while the older folks are about 80-20.  The Dutch CRC culture is interesting. I really didn't know how this would turn out because many CRC folks I know often desire the unbelieving world's approval, especially those at Calvin because it is a very prestigious college. So we should be rejoicing that the CRC actually drew a theological line in the sand! Now that they've made their decision, (which would take decades to reverse) it wouldn't surprise me if several of the affirming churches leave the CRC for the RCA, which has a large segment of churches that are affirming and a college (Hope) and a seminary (Western Theological Seminary) that are more liberal than Calvin.  

But for many skeptical fundamentalists, what happened within the CRC doesn't fit the slippery-slope narrative that they've been taught all their lives.  That is, if you don't hold to the same level of separation as them, it's inevitable that they will eventually go apostate, which is a misnomer.