The Orthodox Christian Reformed Church of Cambridge
What does our name mean?


Our name, "Orthodox Christian Reformed Churches" is confusing to many people. Some think that it connected in some way to the Eastern Orthodox Church (it is not).

We are a denomination, or more accurately, a federation, of churches that were originally a part of the Christian Reformed Church, but left that denomination in 1988, after it became clear that the liberal direction of that denomination was accelerating and that all attempts to hold it in check  were failing. The name Orthodox Christian Reformed Churches was chosen to draw attention to the fact that we believe that it is the churches that broke away that are in fact the maintainers of the true, biblical, orthodox teachings of the once godly and reformed denomination.

The Reformed part of our name means that we are a part of that branch of the Church growing out of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. We believe that the historic Reformed confessions (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort) faithfully interpret the basic teachings of the Bible, and they continue to shape our beliefs and practices.


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