a 2-second note re: belhar.

15 Mar

Hey everyone…. Many of you may not be aware of this, but the end of the month is the deadline for all classes of the Reformed Church in America to take their votes on whether or not to pass last year’s General Synod vote to make the Belhar Confession our fourth Standard of Faith.  There are still just a handful of classes that have not yet completed their votes, and perhaps you are in one of them.

I would just like to plead, on behalf of one relatively young, incoming pastor into the denomination, to please vote YES to the Belhar.  In my opinion, it has the enormous potential to guide and shape our worship, our faith, and the focus of our mission to a broken and dying world in the new century–which is what our confessions are meant to do.

I encourage you, also, not to just read the Belhar Confession with critical eyes (although we should criticize it… and think it holds up against the critique).  Read it also with prayerful eyes. Also, please do not make any decisions based on the Belhar until after reading the accompanying letter that has gone out with it.   It is excellent.

I am just one person, but there are many others like me.  I would be more than happy to discuss the Belhar with anyone who is still “on the fence,” to hear your concerns and to exchange thoughts, and perhaps even dreams.

You can respond to this blog; you can use Twitter @jlundewhitler and direct message me, or you can email me at .

Thanks.   Shalom and Blessings.


Posted by on March 15, 2010 in belhar, RCA


3 responses to “a 2-second note re: belhar.

  1. Carol Janvrin

    March 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I am an elder at First Reformed Church of Fulton, Illinois. I traveled to Pekin, Illinois, Tuesday, March 16th as a delegate to the Classis of Illinois. Pastor Edie Lenz is the Pastor of our church. We voted on the Belhar Confession. The vote was 24-22, in favor of the Belhar Confession. I would encourage everyone who is soon to vote, to prayerfully consider passing the Belhar. ur world is indeed broken and I truly feel this is a positive act of faith, furthering the Kingdom of Christ. May God Bless us as we disciple for Him, in His name.

    • jlundewhitler

      March 18, 2010 at 10:05 am

      Carol— I rejoiced when I heard that the Classis of Illinois voted in favor.

      I do believe that God is moving, and that the Belhar will help guide our churches into the bold, risky, and yet glorious future that awaits us.

      Let’s all continue to pray for the classes that have yet to vote.

  2. jlundewhitler

    April 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    by the way, Belhar passed! 🙂

    God is good… and he’s moving.


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