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In a sense I must apologize for presuming to write an article concerning philosophy since I am no philosopher, nor have I studied much philosophy, nor do I have much appreciation for the whole subject of philosophy. At the same time, however, I have given some time to answer for myself the question — “What is philosophy and what place may it have in the life of the child of God?” The reason, then, that I write this article is out of a hope that our readers may be benefited by it and deepened in their desire to make the...

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Satan is bent on destroying marriage, because in doing so he thinks he can work great destruction upon God’s church. The devil is trying to destroy God first of all. Knowing that he cannot, he now turns his fury upon the church of God. It is his purpose to destroy the church by working confusion and disorder in the church in order to turn her out of the way of faith and into the way disobedience. 

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In the previous article under the title “Liberty and Maturity” we showed the principle of freedom for the Christian through the work of Jesus on the cross from the viewpoint of Galatians 5:1. The believer is free from the curse of the law because Christ is the end (goal) of the law for righteousness to every one that believes (Rom. 10:4). This does not mean that the believer is lawless.

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Drama is a sin that continues to plague the people of God from year to year and from generation to generation. There is more drama in the world today than ever before, and yet less and less it is pointed out and warned against as a sin to be avoided. We have become strangely silent about drama. Perhaps the reason for that is that most of us have in our homes television sets with which we watch drama, and if we condemn drama we condemn ourselves. It seems that we are willing to let the issue of drama die so...

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The subject of good works has given rise to confusion in the minds of some of God’s people. The reason for that is not difficult to understand. On the one hand, the Word of God and the Confessions speak of good works and admonish the saints to perform them. On the other hand the Word of God and the Confessions stress that our good works are not “the whole or part of our righteousness before God,” “and also that our best works in this life are all imperfect, and defiled with sin” (see the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 24).

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It has been remarked to me that Protestant Reformed ministers do not discuss together very well. I believe that this is true of all of us generally.  To be able to discuss things together profitably is a good gift that God gives His people. It is a gift through which we can learn things from each other. It is also a good means of fellowship and encouragement. It is important that we use this gift correctly. 

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Let us look at this truth from the point of view of Galatians 5:1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” The apostle Paul was the minister of God to the Gentiles. Through Paul and his helpers God was bringing to the Gentiles the glorious gospel, the gospel of liberty. Paul first proclaims unto them bondage. That is one emphasis of the message that he comes with. You are in bondage, he teaches them. There is a universal bondage that grips all mankind. The apostle deals...

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