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Members of the consistory of the First Reformed Church met with a committee of the Classis of Holland of which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided as chair of the classis committee. The meeting concerned the matter of Free Masonry. Van Raalte clearly dominated the discussion. He is quoted to have said that membership "in the Free Masons is not a sufficient reason to excommunicate an individual. Synod would not approve such an action. There must be sins which flow forth from masonic membership, for example, transgression of the Ethical (Moral) Law (before excommunication can take place)." The discussion "was closed without resolution."
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Schrader, J.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Members of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church Met with a Committee of the Classis of Holland of Which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Presided as Chair of the Classis Committee" (1873). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 174.