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What is the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC or CRCNA)?

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The Christian Reformed Church in North America is a Reformed church that separated from what eventually became known as the Reformed Church in America (RCA) in 1857. The split between the Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church occurred due to the increasingly liberal drift of the RCA. The official website of the CRCNA is CRCNA.org.

Theologically, the Christian Reformed Church is solidly conservative and evangelical. It holds to the infallibility and authority of Scripture, salvation by grace through faith alone, the Trinity, and the deity of Christ. It holds to the Apostles’ Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Nicene Creed, as well as the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort. More information on the beliefs of the CRCNA can be found here: https://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs. Their “Our World Belongs to God” contemporary testimony is their modern revision of the historic Reformed confession.

In line with its historic Reformed roots, the Christian Reformed Church is strongly Calvinistic and has a Presbyterian, “elder rule” form of church government. Christian Reformed churches are usually very active socially, taking conservative stances on abortion and gay marriage. The only two areas of significant disagreement we have with the CRC are on the issues of women pastors and amillennialism. While these differences should not be ignored, they do not prevent us from considering members of Christian Reformed churches to be our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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