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At a meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, presided. Members present were elders H. Broek and J. Labots and deacons, A. de Weerd, Wilterdink, A. Plugger, P. van den Berg, and T[eunis] Keppel. The M. Mulder family wished to join the congregation but questioned the liturgy on the matter of infant baptism. Mulder understood "sanctified in Christ" to mean baptismal regeneration. Van Raalte explained that neither circumcision in the Old Testament nor baptism in the New Testament seals regeneration. Mulder accepted this understanding of the sacrament. In a dispute between Mulder and Schrader, Consistory asked the gentlemen to reflect on the matter for eight days and hopefully come to a peaceful settlement. Consistory approved Van Raalte being present next Sunday, the 12th, at the installation service of Rev. Smit in Drenthe.
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Buursma, William, "Meeting Notes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1851). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 213.