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Mais Doutrina, Mais Cristo

Muitos em nossos dias encontram a causa de toda a dissensão e divisão na igreja em muita doutrina e em credos que são muito específicos em suas declarações doutrinárias. Eles advogam que todas essas declarações específicas de fé, pelas quais cada igreja erige um muro de separação ao redor de si mesma, devem ser esquecidas, apagadas e eliminadas; que as confissões devem ser alargadas e generalizadas; e que sobre a base de tal ampla declaração de princípios gerais, as várias denominações devem se mesclar, e assim concretizar a unidade da igreja. Contudo, deve ser evidente que nessa forma, uma unidade externa pode ser deveras eficaz, mas somente à custa da verdade e à custa da fé da igreja, que é o mesmo que dizer que é uma unidade sem o Cristo da Escritura. A igreja não está interessada numa unidade externa que revela a si mesma numa instituição altamente humana...

A unidade da igreja está centrada em Cristo. Se a igreja há de crescer nessa verdadeira unidade, ela deve crescer em Cristo. Ela não deve ter menos de Cristo, mas sempre mais. E seu Cristo está nas Escrituras. Por conseguinte, ela deve apropriar o Cristo da Santa Escritura, o que significa que ela deve instruir e ser instruída na verdade. Ela não deve buscar união no caminho de menos, mas no caminho de mais rica e mais doutrina. Ela deve não somente colocar de lado as doutrinas de homens, sem dúvida, mas ela deve também crescer sempre na doutrina de Cristo. Que a verdadeira igreja seja sempre pequena no mundo! Todavia, ela não ousa buscar a realização da sua unidade em qualquer outra direção senão na do crescimento no conhecimento de Cristo, seu cabeça, até que “todos cheguemos à unidade da fé, e ao conhecimento do Filho de Deus, a varão perfeito, à medida da estatura da plenitude de Cristo” (Efésios 4:13). Somente aqueles que estão se esforçando para se aproximar dessa estatura é que estão realmente trabalhando para a manifestação da unidade da igreja, e tudo quanto for mais do que isso é do maligno.


Herman Hoeksema 
Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 2 
(Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2005), p. 243–244. 

 

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Hoeksema, Herman

Herman Hoeksema (1886-1965) was born in Groningen, the Netherlands on March 13, 1886 and passed away in Grand Rapids, MI on September 2, 1965. He attended the Theological School of the Christian Reformed Church and was ordained into the minitry in September of 1915.

"H.H." is considered one of the founding "fathers" of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America.  He and his consistory (Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI) were suspended and deposed from their offices in 1924-1925 because of their opposition to the "Three Points of Common Grace" adopted by the Christian Reformed Church in the Synod of Kalamazoo, MI in 1924.  He, together with Rev. George M. Ophoff, Rev. H. Danhof and their consistories continued in office in the "Protesting Christian Reformed Church" which shortly thereafter were named the "Protestant Reformed Churches in America."

Herman Hoeksema served as pastor in the 14th Street Christian Reformed Church in Holland, MI (1915-1920), Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI (1920-1924), and First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI (1924-1964), He taught in the Seminary of the Protestant Reformed Churches from its founding and retired in 1964.

For an enlarged biography, see: Herman Hoeksema: Theologian and Reformer

Notes: You may also find many sermons of "H.H." at the RFPA website. And you may find copies in print of an entire set of "H.H.'s" catechism sermons here.

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