"Lord, if Your face does not go along, then do not pull us up from here."

The Word of God in our day is under attack.  Doctrines taught by our Reformed fathers in the faith are being discarded left and right, and passages of Scripture that seemed so evidently clear to them are twisted.  Good exposition has fallen are hard times.  Experiential religion is mocked and false teaching is elevated.

How should we react? What did our Fathers in the faith have to say?  One story we can learn from began in 1834, in the tiny town of Ulrum, Netherlands, a secession from the state church began.  It was thier desire to return to the teaching of their Fathers in the faith with the Canons of Dordt and to strictly observe the Word of God.  Let us follow Hendrik de Cock’s example of saying, “It’s not about following me,” he tells people, “but the experimental, reformed doctrine.”  Let  us seek God’s blessing as we go as the elder Beukema prayed “Lord, if Your face does not go along, then do not pull us up from here.”  It was in the tiny town of Ulrum.  This site takes it’s inspiration form that story, the story of Ulrum, and we will beat the drum of fidelity to experiental, reformed doctrine following on as the Lord leads us.

The Story of 1834

1834 Netherlands was not much different than today.

In the family the liberal religion ruled.  The liberal is religious not out of obedience to God but out of respect toward man.  True humanity includes, according to the liberal, within itself the acknowledgement of the Highest Being.  In what manner and in how far man practices this religion (without real service), man decides for himself.  He does not absolutely need the Bible (a book of great worth and honor, but extremely old fashioned) in addition to what he possesses by nature.  Reason and feelings lead the way!

1834 Netherlands was not much different than today.

In 1834 the Reformed Church in the Netherlands fell apart. The ‘fine’ could no longer agree with the moderate and liberal interpretations of the ancient doctrine of faith. They returned to a stricter experience and observance of the word of God.

October 14, 1834: Signing
On Tuesday evening, October 14, more than 150 people gathered at the inn of widow Koster. Hendrik de Cock urges those present to silence and kneels. All follow his example; from the old orthodox Beukema to his own wife. He prays and begs, “Lord, if Your face does not go along, then do not pull us up from here.” Henry asks God’s blessing on the Separation. He then tells what the church council has done the day before and asks the congregation if they also want to sign the Act. “It’s not about following me,” he tells people, “but the experimental, reformed doctrine.”

The Acte is on the table and Hendrik invites his church members to place their signature. For a moment it is quiet and nobody is moving. But then the first ones come forward. Soon the congregation members stand in line. Those who cannot write, sign their initials or have their name noted down. One hundred forty-four people sign that evening, eight refuse. Among them the two church guardians who manage the church building. Seven of the signatories will later revoke their decision.

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