The recent issue of Clarion (March 7, 1997), magazine of the Cana­dian Reformed Churches, contains an article that is of interest to the Protestant Reformed readers of the Standard Bearer. The author, G. Denbok, relates the history of the organization of a PR congregation among the Dutch, “Liberated” immigrants in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1949. Mr. Denbok was one of the twelve male confessing members at that orga­nization.

Denbok speaks well of the PR ministers and people involved in the work in Hamilton. The Canadian group were “overjoyed by the love and support” they received from the PRC. They enjoyed the preaching by the PR ministers.

He acknowledges that the PRC were up-front with their distinctive covenant-doctrine. Prior to organization, Herman Hoeksema preached two sermons (really “one oversized sermon”) on one Sunday, admonish­ing the group concerning the differences over the doctrine of the cov­enant.

Hoeksema was right, says Denbok, when later, after the Hamilton church broke with the PRC, Hoeksema wrote that the PRC “faithfully laboured among them, …have literally taken them into our bosom, …have loved them.”

Denbok admits that Hoeksema was also right when he lamented that “Liberated” ministers in the Netherlands persisted in exerting influence on the Hamilton PRC, “ignoring the fact that a church already had been established in Hamilton.”

Mr. Denbok denies that the group in Hamilton “deliberately deceived the PRC.” In time, they came to see that the differences between the doctrines of the covenant of the “Liberated” and of the PRC were “funda­mental.”

—DJE