Theodorus VanderGroe and the Nijkerk Disturbances

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[Theodorus] VanderGroe condemned the Nijkerk Disturbances in his Toetsteen der ware en valsche Genade (Touchstone of True and False Grace), and later, around the time of his second volume of the Toetsteen der ware en valsche Genade, in a sermon preached on March 28, 1753, he called this “revival” the “wicked work of Satan,” and “a divine judgment upon the Reformed Church,” even though Groenewegen called it “a work of conviction and conversion of sinners” (Van Lieburg, “Een letterschat voor vromen: Het leven van Theodorus VanderGroe,” 23).

Joel R. Beeke and Majolein de Blois, Biographical introduction to Theodorus VanderGroe, The Christian's Only Comfort in Life and Death: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism, trans. Bartel Elshout, ed. Joel R. Beeke (Grand Rapids MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016, Kindle Edition), loc. 482n30.

I find this account interesting because Theodorus VanderGroe was perhaps the last great light of the Dutch Further Reformation, so he was hardly an opponent of vital religion, yet he was against this particular revival. Does anyone here have more information on the subject?
 
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