CRC Church Denounced as White Nationalist Congregation

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

crcThe Christian Reformed Church in North America Synod in 2019 decided Christ the King Reformed Church in Charlotte, Mich. should be deemed a heresy for being a white nationalist group that teaches Kinism.

Kinism opposes interracial marriage and teaches that races should be kept separate in racially pure "religio-ethnostates," supporting white supremacy. The CRC pastor in Charlotte has been dismissed from the denomination for espousing Kinism for many years while he and his congregation were part of the CRC.

Christ the King Reformed Church had been a member of the CRC for several years, but the church and its pastor left the denomination before the Synod responded to an overture dealing with the matter of Kinism — a theology that Christ the King's pastor taught. Synod declared that Kinist teachings are "a grievous deviation from sound doctrine, a heresy" (Agenda for Synod 2019, p. 501; Acts of Synod 2019, p. 818).

The Southern Poverty Law Center's recent decision to name Christ the King Reformed Church a white nationalist group underscores the action Synod 2019 took against that congregation, said Reggie Smith, diversity director for the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

"It looks like we got ahead of it," said Smith. "Where would we be right now if we hadn't done what we did — and spoken out as we had?"

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