CRC Synod and Persecuted Christians
May 7, 2015
Updated December 5, 2017
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The CRC Synod of 2013 accepted a proposal from Classis Toronto to study the religious persecutions around the world with a view to devise effective ministries. In response, Synod appointed a study committee which will now report to the synod next month in Sioux Center, Iowa.
One would think that two years of study would enable the committee to make proposals to synod with many items of advice. Not so. The committee will only submit an interim report without much information, let alone action-oriented advice. Actually, advisory committees of synod usually take more than two years.
However, the committee did make some helpful observations of the considerations that need to go into the final advice.
Following is a summary of some of the committee’s considerations:
Problems will remain: religions have inevitable public practices since they embody mostly total world and life views. For this reason, religious freedom cannot be strictly absolute.
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