The Trojan Horse in the Dutch Reformed Church:
The Cancer of Evolution and Liberalism
Nowadays, challenges within Reformed Churches to Biblical teachings are widespread. This book, just published (in Afrikaans), describes how liberal and humanistic trends, including evolution, are undermining the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. Here is a brief English summary, kindly provided by one of the co-editors, Henrietta Klaasing (for more information see also her blog Help, Henrietta! and the publisher).
The fact of the matter is that the Bible no longer forms the base and norm of our belief. It has become critical that present theological tendencies be brought to the attention of fellow-believers all over South Africa – especially those who still see the Bible as the Word of God.
As a last resort this group decided to write a book in which certain of the disturbing issues are addressed. In this book the enemy is portrayed as a Trojan horse that is led into an unsuspecting church.
What has been happening theologically and ecclesiastically globally, is also affecting churches in South Africa.
The attack on the authority of Scripture and the use of new methods of interpreting Scripture have led to the denying of Biblical truths like the virgin birth, the resurrection of Christ and his being the Son of God. These radical changes go to the heart of the gospel. Homosexuality is discussed as an example of how a wrong approach to Scripture can lead to wrong decisions.
New trends like the Emergent/Emerging Church and the “New Reformation” are critically examined. Alarm is raised about how these new developments will affect reformed doctrine. The lack of disciplinary measures against theologians who advance these movements while they remain in the Dutch Reformed Church is also a matter of concern.
Embracing evolution wreaks havoc on orthodox doctrine, and that is why it is extensively covered in the book.
Marriage as the Bible sees it seems to be under attack. It is expected that the new resolutions concerning marriage and cohabitation that are due to be taken at the General Synod in October 2011, will accommodate the present permissive culture and be in tune with current philosophies, while the Word of God is quite clear that sex outside of marriage is not permitted.
Positioning liberal postmodernists in powerful positions and leadership in the church and media, has led to an unequal playing-field and members should be aware of this.
The book ends on a positive note by suggesting solutions on the road ahead. An earnest request is made upon members to get involved and to take note of what is happening at theological faculties at the universities and what is published by theologians and church leaders.
May the Lord use this book to warn the Dutch Reformed Church--and other churches--and to cause it to return to the pure preaching of God's Word.