Posted February 17, 2017
Next month marks the 60th anniversary of the schism of 1953 within the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), the culmination of the hard fought battle for sovereign grace in the covenant. Delve into this history with David J. Engelsma's new book, slated for release next month!
The Battle for Sovereign Grace in the Covenant recounts much of the gripping history of the schism, including new, important details that have not been previously published. The book also provides the history of the controversial adoption by the PRCA of the Declaration of Principles, the document that in some ways occasioned the schism of 1953. In the appendices of the book, Engelsma gives a brief, valuable commentary on the Declaration, the first commentary to be written.
Look for this new book in June 2013! And in case you haven't heard, this book will be available not only in print but also as an eBook. Click here for more details on the new great benefits to Book Club members.
**UPDATE** Battle for Sovereign Grace in the Covenant is now available for purchase in both print and eBook formats!
You may have noticed that we added a new set of sermons and lectures to the Heritage Recordings audio collection. The sermons and lectures listed in this category are a commemorative set regarding the Schism of 1953 within the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA). The issue was the gospel of salvation by sovereign, particular grace in regard to the covenant of God with the children of believers as signified and sealed in the baptism of infants.
The two main warriors
of the controversy were Rev. Herman Hoeksema (defending an unconditional
covenant, the view upheld and taught within the PRCA) and Rev. Hubert
DeWolf (defending a conditional covenant). This collection features the sermons and lectures given by these two men during and after this upheaval within the PRCA.
Two of our books, A Watered Garden and For Thy Truth's Sake, deal extensively with this controversy in the context of the history of the PRCA. To learn more about the
doctrine of the covenant of grace as taught by the PRCA, click here. To provide you with some historical context, click here for a timeline of important events and dates pertinent to the Schism of 1953.