[Note: This is the most recent response I have received to the Editorial in the July-August, 2014 issue. – Editor]
Why am I here, reading the Reformed Herald? Why am I a member of a Reformed church? The simple answer is because God had so predestined it. Having made known unto us (me) the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself (Ephesians 1:9). The more complete answer began in the RCUS. When I ponder the question, “Why I am here?” I see a marvelous road of God’s leading through life that has brought me to the point where I now am.
It began when the Lord led my paternal grandfather to join himself with other immigrants who formed a RCUS Classis that determinately stood firm in defending the faith. While growing up in the RCUS seventy years ago, I was blessed to have a pastor, Rev. Lloyd Gross, who impressed the Reformed faith upon me in my formative teenage years. Such things were further, and perhaps more deeply impressed on me, as I was privileged to reside in the pastor’s home for a time, in a place where we were beginning a new church.
After graduating from high school, on the invitation of an uncle, I went to another part of the country where he lived to try to get a job. Had the Lord not prevented me from getting a job there, and had I settled there – Where would I be today? (There is no good Reformed church nearby.)
I married and moved to another part of the country where my wife had lived. There I had membership in a Reformed church that once was a bastion of the faith, but was steadily losing its long standing reputation of faithfulness to the Scriptures. In that setting I somewhat unwittingly found myself floating along with the tide, but yet quite uneasy with what I was seeing. By God’s grace, in due time I aligned myself with others from that denomination who were concerned about the trend, and who were attempting to do something about it. From them I was thrilled to hear again what I had been taught in my youth, and it served to bring me back to where I once was. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them (2 Timothy 3:14).
Eventually, those like-minded people and I seceded and formed a confessionally Reformed federation of churches. It is a federation of churches that is in close ecumenical relations with the RCUS.
Over the decades I continued to subscribe to the Reformed Herald and kept up with what was happening in the RCUS. In more recent years I have also kept up with the RCUS through its e-mail group. That is why I am here, reading the Reformed Herald, and why I am a member of a doctrinally sound Reformed church – a church much like the RCUS. -Myron Rau