Definitions for "1857 Secession"
The 1857 Secession of Christian Reformed Church from Reformed Church in America occurred in January of that year. It was led by the Classis Holland, most notably Gijsbert Haan and to a lesser extent Albertus van Raalte and mirroring the Afscheiding developments in the sister church back in the Netherlands. Issues included the perceived liberalization of the church in areas such as the use of hymns instead of only Psalms.