Small but staunch. 

Thus I would characterize our little congregation in Lynden, Washington, especially after they were delivered from a group of schismatics who, for some time already, revealed that they were no longer in harmony with the Protestant Reformed truth. 

I recently had the privilege of spending a couple of weeks, three Sundays, in their midst, and to me it was, indeed, refreshing to meet them and to discover how they understood and loved the truth as our churches have always embraced it. 

The occasion of their living and existing as a Protestant Reformed Church in separation from those that used to be with them but now are become schismatic was simply that the consistory of Lynden decided to make common cause with De Wolf c.s. and made announcement to that effect from the pulpit. Since then the faithful members never attended services again under that consistory, called for help from the east, and were organized as the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Wash. 

In the little while I was there, I preached twice every Sunday and delivered two lectures: the first on “The Children of the Promise,” the second on “Our Present Controversy in the Light of History.” The audiences were small. In that respect, there is no comparison between Lynden in 1932 and today. Then I also spoke there, but then the audiences were so large that we had to move from a hall that seated at least two hundred people to the gymnasium of the high school. This time the audiences were disappointing. Yet, they were growing and I am convinced that even today Lynden offers a good field of labor for our future Protestant Reformed missionary. 

But he must labor in a different way from that of our former missionary. When you hear our people in Lynden talk about his way of laboring you can only feel disgusted.

When I used to go out speaking for our Protestant Reformed truth, I always emphasized the difference between us and the Christian Reformed Churches, especially in connection with the “Three Points” adopted by the Synod of Kalamazoo in 1924. And I did so this time. Always the people listened. And they listened now. Besides, whenever I appeared I always tried to gain subscribers for the Standard Bearer. My chief purpose was not to gain numbers but to instruct the people in the Reformed truth. 

But our former missionary, according to the reports I heard from the people in Lynden (and there is absolutely no reason to doubt their word) did nothing of the kind. 

He deprecated such a thoroughly Protestant Reformed document as the Declaration of Principles, which implies, of course, that he did not preach according to it either. As long as that Declaration existed, according to him, we would never grow. He told the people not to read the Standard Bearer, the only organ that always stood and still stands consistently for the Protestant Reformed truth. And the people there told me other things which I will not report here. 

The result was, of course, that he gained nothing, neither numbers nor fruit for the Protestant Reformed truth. 

But I am convinced that, if only we will be specific, if only we never compromise but bring forth a Protestant Reformed sound, there is still a field of labor everywhere, also in Lynden. But the moment we attempt to compromise we will become as the salt that has lost its savor. 

The congregation is small but staunchly Protestant Reformed. 

They must have nothing of the Arminian conditional theology. Those that left them were full of this. They openly declared that they had learned it of the liberated to speak about conditions. They now can maintain the responsibility of man! Again and again the congregation wanted the consistory to put H. Veldman on the trio. But him they called a “kerk verwoester,” a destroyer of the church! Other sound Protestant Reformed preachers they pronounced too doctrinal or dead. 

But our own congregation in Lynden stands in the truth and loves it. 

This is even evident from their offerings on Sunday. When I was there they collected an average of thirty dollars per Sunday, which is rather liberal for a small congregation of five families and a few individuals. 

I enjoyed my stay here as well as my labors among them. 

May the Lord bless them, and grant that they may soon be in a position to call a pastor of their own!