Request met bygevoegde Deductie
Request met bygevoegde Deductie voor het Regt van de Vryheid van Geloove, Godsdienst, en Conscientie op den naam van de Doopsgezinde Gemeenten in Friesland ingeleverd aan de E.M. Heeren Staaten der gemelde Provincie (Request with Attached Conclusion in Behalf of the Right of Freedom of Faith, Worship, and Conscience, in the name of the Mennonite congregations in Friesland handed in to Their Highnesses, The States of the aforementioned Province) was published in 1740 (n.p.). The Request numbers four pages in large octavo, the Deductie 24. The reason for this request and deduction was as follows: In 1738 the States of the Dutch province of Friesland had suspended Wytze Joens (Brouwer) and Pieke Tjommes, both Mennonite preachers at Heerenveen, on the charge of teaching Socinianism. The Mennonite Conference of Friesland (Friesche Doopsgezinde Societeit) held special meetings (on 9 and 23 Octtober 1739, and 8 January 1740) to discuss the matter. They feared that as in 1722 (see Thomas Jan) the Frisian States, stirred up by the Reformed synods under the pretext that Socinianism was being taught in Mennonite churches, would require the Mennonite preachers to sign a confession drawn up by the Reformed ministers, and forbid the Mennonite meetings. They therefore resolved to present a petition to the States of Friesland. This petition, followed by an explanation, was drawn up by Joannes Stinstra, Mennonite pastor at Harlingen and at this time moderator of the Frisian Conference.
After the Request and Deductie had been published, an anonymous Reformed author, calling himself "Liefhebber der Waarheit" (Friend of the Truth), attacked the Mennonites. Others who opposed the Mennonites were Daniel Gerdes and Gerardus Kulenkamp. Both the Request and the Deductie were reprinted in Het Regt der Vryheid van Geloove . . . (three editions, all at Harlingen, 1740).
The States of Friesland adopted no special measures against the Mennonites in general at this time, and Pieke Tjommes and Wytze Jeens were in 1743 again permitted to preach in their congregation; Stinstra, however, was suspended by the States in 1742 and not readmitted to the pulpit until 1757.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 300-301. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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