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Kerkordelike toleransie en die reg van usansie

Barry J. van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 1 | a5634 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i1.5634 | © 2020 Barry J. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 July 2019 | Published: 15 April 2020

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Barry J. van Wyk, Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


A tolerant treatment of church order and the law of usance: This article discusses the recent decline of church polity in the Netherdutch Reformed Church which is obvious in different areas of the Church with special reference to the liturgy practised in sermons of some congregations. This decline is also observed in other churches in South Africa and abroad. The article is a reaction to the reason for this situation and indicates that it should not be found in a collegialistic concept of church, but rather due to congregationalism or independentism in modern form. The article’s viewpoint is that the above-mentioned church polity decline is a result of the fact that church order is not valued as an order with a Scriptural and therefore an ecclesiological basis.


tolerance; usance; collegialism; independentism; ecclesiology


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