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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Call it the watchword of the Reformation. It was one of the great solas of the movement. It is often referred to as the material principle of the Reformation. It is the heart of the gospel—the gospel recovered by the Reformers. To what are we referring? But of course, to the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Despite their diversity, this was the truth that united the Reformers and the various branches of the Reformation. This was the gospel that the Reformers trumpeted. This was the...

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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Call it the watchword of the Reformation. It was one of the great solas of the movement. It is often referred to as the material principle of the Reformation. It is the heart of the gospel—the gospel recovered by the Reformers. To what are we referring? But of course, to the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Despite their diversity, this was the truth that united the Reformers and the various branches of the Reformation. This was the gospel that the Reformers trumpeted. This was the...

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. On Sunday evening, November 2, 1980, our congregation in Hull held a dedication program for our new organ. For those who might be familiar with organs, the congregation has purchased an AOB (Associated Organ Builders) 523 organ. The program consisted of several special numbers on the organ, two numbers by our grade school choir, audience singing, and a demonstration of the organ. In addition, I gave the following address.

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Are you an alcoholic? Do you suspect that a friend or loved one may be an alcoholic? Answer the following questions honestly and forthrightly. 1.Do you lose time from work due to drinking? 2.Is drinking making your home life unhappy? 3.Do you drink because you are shy with other people? 4.Is drinking affecting your reputation? 5.Have you ever felt remorse after drinking? 6.Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking? 7.Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?

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It is Reformed to maintain the truth of sovereign reprobation. The man who denies reprobation not only shows himself to be outside the Reformed camp, but shows himself actually to be an enemy of the Reformed faith itself. Reformed believers confess double predestination—this is, not only God’s election of some men, but God’s reprobation of others.

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What is the Scriptural view of alcoholism? How do the Scriptures describe this problem? First of all, there can be no question that the Scriptures teach us that alcoholism is sin. This is basic, both as regards our view of alcoholism itself and our approach to the alcoholic. Surely, what alcoholism IS is going to determine what our approach must be to this problem. To go astray here will have inevitable, bad effects on our approach to alcoholism, and our approach will be less than biblical and really be an approach that does not have the best interests of the...

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Making public confession of faith has been called the Christian’s Mount Sinai. What Sinai was for the children of Israel, that confession of faith should be to the Christian. At Mount Sinai the children of Israel did not become the covenant people of God. They were God’s covenant people already. It was only because they were the covenant people of God that God had delivered them out of the land of Egypt. But it was at Mount Sinai that the children of Israel willingly assumed their full responsibility as God’s covenant people. There they received God’s Word and Law.

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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Calvin’s Initial Struggles Over Church Discipline in Geneva From one point of view, Calvin’s entire ministry in Geneva can be viewed as his struggle for the recovery of biblical church discipline. It was really with a view to the organization of the church and the establishment of discipline, recognizing his own inabilities in this area, that William Farel first persuaded Calvin to take up his ministry in Geneva. It was August of 1536. Calvin was just twenty-seven years old. The city of Geneva at that time...

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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. This is the second installment of the text of the address given on the occasion of the graduation of Mr. Cory Griess and Dr. David Torlach from the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary on June 11, 2009 in Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2009, p. 7. Paul’s Separation unto this Gospel This is the gospel, now, unto which Paul was separated: “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God”...

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Regular, daily, family devotions ought to be a habit among us. We ought to be in the habit of reading the Scriptures and praying. We should not think that because something is a habit it is necessarily bad. To be sure, there are bad habits. But there are also very good habits. In fact, because we are the kind of creatures that we are, because of the way in which God Himself has made us, habits are unavoidable. We have the habit of eating breakfast every morning, for example. That’s a good habit.

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