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Introduction Beginning with this issue of the Standard Bearer, the undersigned has agreed to write a series of articles explaining the Second Helvetic Confession. These articles will regularly appear in the rubric “Believing and Confessing.” This first article and the one that is to follow will serve as a general introduction to this new series. In this article we will focus on the author of the Second Helvetic Confession, Heinrich Bullinger. In the next article we will take an overview of the confession that he penned. Very likely most readers of the Standard Bearer are not familiar with this Reformed...

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This article is a continuation of his article on Augustine held over from the October 15, 2014 Special Issue on Augustine. Only Death Dissolves the Marriage Bond Although in his teaching he stressed the permanence of marriage, Augustine recognized that the Scriptures permit divorce. The Scriptures permit divorce on one ground: adultery. “We must understand,” says Augustine, “that a wife is not allowed to put away her husband except for the same reason for which a husband is allowed to put away his wife, that is, fornication.”1 The Lord “obliges a husband to keep his wife if there is no case of...

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Background and Summary In so many respects the Reformation was a return to Augustine. Sadly, in one important respect it was not. The one respect in which the Reformers generally did not return to Augustine, but deviated from him, was with regard to the doctrine of marriage. With firm resolve Augustine maintained the Bible’s teaching on marriage, divorce, and remarriage. He resisted the pressure of those who wanted to make allowances for divorce on grounds other than adultery and who permitted remarriage after divorce. In line with Scripture, Augustine permitted divorce only on the ground of adultery. But he insisted...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2014, p. 465. Introduction Over the last century or so, there have been scholars who argued that Scripture is “inspired” in the sense that it contains an inspiring message and is a book that can inspire us. But this is a fundamental shift from what the church historically has taught about Scripture. This is in fact a denial of the historic teaching of the Christian church regarding Scripture’s inspiration. The Greek word theopneustos is the word used by the apostle Paul in II Timothy 3:16, where he says that all Scripture is given...

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Previous article in this series: July 2014, p. 422. Introduction The Bible is the word of God. This is what the Bible says about the Bible. In our previous installment in this rubric we began our consideration of the testimony of Psalm 119 to the truth that the Bible is the word of God. This is a very unique psalm. In the book that has the most chapters (150 psalms), this is the longest chapter (psalm). It is a chapter that magnifies the Bible as God’s word. In nearly every verse, reference is made to God’s word: His law, testimonies,...

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Previous article in this series: June 2014, p. 391. Introduction In marvelous ways God reveals Himself. First, He reveals Himself in the creation, for “[t]he heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). Because of God’s revelation in the creation the psalmist exclaims in Psalm 8:1, “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” Besides God’s revelation of Himself in the works of His hands in the creation, He also reveals Himself in the history of the world, as He orders all things that happen for the accomplishment of...

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Introduction What is the Bible? The Bible is a library of books within one book.1 It is a library with two branches: an Old Testament branch and a New Testament branch. It is a library made up of sixty-six books: thirty-nine in the Old Testament branch and twenty-seven in the New Testament branch. The books are written mainly in two languages: Hebrew and Greek. It is a library containing about forty different authors, who wrote over a period of approximately fifteen hundred years. The contents of the books vary: some contain history, others prayers, hymns of praise, visions, poetry, proverbs,...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2014, p. 222. Introduction A recent post on the Young Calvinists blog informed readers of the depths to which our godless society and the apostate church have sunk in their depravity. At the same time the post demonstrates the extent to which God’s Word is contradicted, corrupted, twisted, and thoroughly distorted by one of the most powerful self-interest groups of our day: homosexuals and lesbians. We have grown up in homes where God’s word is treated with reverence and respect. The Bible is received as God’s revelation to us His people…. Not everyone,...

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Our Student Body It has been an exciting and profitable first semester of the 2013-14 school year at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary. Nine first-year students and one third-year student, plus a number of auditors, made for some unusually large classes. What a joy to teach classes with twelve, fifteen, or more students in them. This is a rare treat that faculty and students alike are enjoying. The first semester has concluded. Class work, reports and research papers, as well as exams are behind us. We are presently making preparations for the beginning of the second semester, which begins officially...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2014, p. 151. Introduction Scripture is “the oracles of God.” This is the apostle Paul’s description of Scripture in Romans 3:2. What this means is that Scripture is the Word of God. Scripture is not the word of man and the Word of God. Scripture is rather the Word of God and the Word of God alone. As the oracles of God, Scripture is infallible, inerrant, and authoritative over the individual believer and over the church as a whole. That Scripture is the oracles of God has important im­plication for translations of Scripture....

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