The Liberated Reformed Church at Abbotsford

Worship Services every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

# 201-2955 Immel Street, Abbotsford, B.C.

Minister: Currently Vacant

The History of Our Liberation

The Liberated Reformed Church at Abbotsford is a small congregation which seeks to be and to remain faithful to the truth of God’s Word. The founding members of this congregation were former members of the Canadian Reformed Church at Abbotsford, when acceptance of unscriptural general synod decisions by their ruling body, the consistory, forced these members onto a path that would ultimately lead to their secession.

The struggle in Abbotsford began when the 2001 General Synod of the Canadian Reformed Churches decided in favour of intercommunion and pulpit exchange with churches that maintained unscriptural views concerning the standards for membership in the church, the supervision of the Lord’s supper, the covenant of grace, the assurance of faith, the visible and invisible church, and the pluriformity of the church.

The unscriptural views referred to above are found in Presbyterian churches which have the Westminster Standards for their confession of faith. These views are also tolerated in Reformed churches which have accepted the Westminster Standards and consider them to be faithful summaries of Biblical teaching. In its extension of relationships of ecclesiastical fellowship with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Church in the United States, and the United Reformed Churches of North America, the Canadian Reformed Churches have also accepted these unscriptural views.

All of this occurred even though the Canadian Reformed Churches themselves owed their existence to liberation from unscriptural doctrines concerning the covenant of grace and the assurance of faith in 1944, when a general synod made similar unscriptural doctrines binding upon members of the church.

Official Historic Documents

July 17, 2007 Call to Liberation a call to the members of the Canadian Reformed Church at Abbotsford to liberate themselves from unscriptural general synod decisions and return to faithful worship.
February 28, 2008 Act of Secession and Return a formalization of the above call as sent to the consistory of the Canadian Reformed Church at Abbotsford.
July 30, 2009 Letter to Deputies BBK hersteld a letter to deputies of De Gereformeerde Kerken (hersteld) requesting recognition as the legitimate continuation of the Canadian Reformed Church at Abbotsford.
October 23, 2009 Letter to the Canadian Reformed Churches a letter requesting Canadian Reformed Churches to liberate themselves from unscriptural general synod decisions and to recognize the legitimacy of the Liberated Reformed Church at Abbotsford.
February 3, 2011 Letter to the Deputies of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia a letter requesting recognition as the legitimate continuation of the Canadian Reformed Church at Abbotsford.
May 3, 2012 Letter to the Genral Synod of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia a letter requesting recognition as the legitimate continuation of the Canadian Reformed Church at Abbotsford.
February 28, 2013 Letter to the General Synod of the Canadian Reformed Curches a letter regarding the deformation in the churches.
March 14, 2013 Letter to the General Synod of the Canadian Reformed Churches a letter regarding serious inaccuracies and misconceptions in the Subcommittee Report regarding the Reformed Churched (Restored) in the Netherlands.
February 25, 2016 Appeal to General Synod Dunville of the Canadian Reformed Churches An appeal against the response of General Synod 2013 to our February 28, 2013 letter.

Doctrine, Confessions, and Government

The Word of God

The Liberated Reformed Church at Abbotsford believes that the Holy Bible is the Word of God. We confess that this Word of God “did not come by the impulse of man,” but that “men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God,” as the apostle Peter says in 2 Peter 1:21. Consequently the Word of God has no equal because it is:

  1. inspired by God the Holy Spirit who moved many different men to write it over a considerable period of time;
  2. infallible in that it is completely reliable and trustworthy and therefore should not and need not be doubted;
  3. inerrant, meaning that whatever is revealed in it is without error, contradiction or misrepresentation; and
  4. sufficient because it fully contains the will of God and reveals all that we need to believe in order to be saved.

The Word of God represents the final rule of faith and life in the church. We are to receive it for the regulation, foundation, and confirmation of our faith. It consequently serves as the basis for all authority in the church.

Creeds and Confessions

The main teachings of the Bible have been summarized in documents called creeds and confessions.

The Ecumenical Creeds which have come to us from the time of the early church are the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. The Reformed Confessions, also known as the Three Forms of Unity, which have come to us from the time of the Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries, are the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.

The purpose of the above creeds and confessions is to:

  1. give public testimony to the truth of the faith and the doctrine of the Church;
  2. preserve the truth for future generations;
  3. uphold the truth in opposition to error; and
  4. bring to expression, preserve, and promote the unity of all believers.

We consider the above creeds and confessions to be faithful summaries of the Word of God. The creeds and confessions do not stand above or alongside the Word of God but below it. Their authority is derived from the Word of God. When the creeds and confessions are faithful to the Word of God and repeat it, then they really do have authority. Within the Church where this authority is acknowledged, one may appeal to them as to a decisive authority which all must recognize.

The Government of the Church

We believe that not only the faith of the church, but also the government of the church must be regulated by the Word of God.

As such we believe that the Holy Bible teaches:

  1. the autonomy of the local church;
  2. the cooperation and commitment of local churches when it comes to certain common causes and needs;
  3. the recognition of the biblical offices of minister, elder and deacon;
  4. the government of the local church has been given to the minister and the elders; and
  5. he need for church discipline.

In order to implement what the Word of God teaches in a practical way, we have adopted what is called a Church Order. This Church Order is based on the Church Order of Dort which was adopted by the Synod of Dort in 1618-1619.

The Church Order contains 76 Articles which are divided into four sections dealing with the office of the church, the assemblies of the church (consistory, classis, regional and general synods), the liturgy of the church (worship services, sacraments and ceremonies), and the discipline of the church.

Due to the small size of our local church not all articles of the Church Order may function as originally intended. It is however our intention, as far as is practicable, to abide by every article of the adopted Church Order.

Sermons

Rev. H. J. Schilder

Ekeziel 11:13a

Rev. K. Schilder

Genesis 3:20

Rev. B. Holwerda

Malachi 2:5

Contact and Addresses

Worship Services are held every week at: Official Correspondance may be sent to:
#201-2955 Immel Street Richard van Laar, Clerk
Abbotsford, British Columbia 1595 Fadden Road
Abbotsford, British Columbia
V3G 1T9
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With great joy and thankfulness to our heavenly God and Father we received recognition as a sister church by the federation of De Gereformeeerde Kerken (hersteld) in The Netherlands, meeting as General Synod Emmen.

The federation of De Gereformeeerde Kerken (hersteld) came to existence in 2003 when a number of concerned church members of the Gereformeerde Kerken (vrijgemaakte) liberated themselves from unscriptural general synod decisions which had become adopted and practised in the local churches there.

In order to restore the true worship, these concerned members organized churches and a church federation in order to return to faithfulness to the Word of God. This federation of churches has adopted the same Ecumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions that we have, and regulates itself in accordance with a Church Order that is based upon the Church Order of Dort that was adopted by the Synod of Dort in 1618-1619.

The federation of De Gereformeerde Kerken consists of 11 churches: Amersfoort and surrounding; Assen and surrounding; Bergentheim/Bruchterveld and surrounding; Dalfsen; Emmen; Groningen and surrounding; Hasselt and surrounding; Lansingerland; Mariënberg; Opeinde and surrounding; Zwolle and surrounding.