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Rev. Albertus Van Raalte presided at a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church and opened with prayer. The minutes of the 22 October meeting were approved. Krabshuis apologized to the pastor and the consistory for not following biblical guidelines in his complaints. But the major issue at classis with which he disagreed was that the denomination permitted all Christians to come to the Lord's table. Van Raalte himself was opposed to "open communion" because purity in doctrine and life must be maintained. Van Raalte defends himself against the charge that he was not teaching true doctrine to the youth. At the close of the meeting Elder Broek raised the question whether Krabshuis was genuine in his confession of sin. But the "meeting was concluded with various fraternal comments.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church