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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. As Reformed Christians we believe that faith is a gift of God. There is nothing more significant and important about the nature and character of true saving faith than this truth. It is not only difficult for the natural man to believe, it is impossible. Faith, is not something simple, a simple decision to “accept Christ,” which all men have the natural ability to perform at their own free will. For the natural man faith is absolutely impossible. It is a devilish delusion that is propagated in many...

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We believe that the doctrinal controversy of 1953 has practical importance. It did not involve theological issues that are so abstract that they are of no real spiritual value for the daily lives of God’s people. The two great doctrines that were especially involved in the controversy of 1953 were the doctrines of God’s sovereign elective grace in the saving of His people and the doctrine of the covenant of God with His people. These two doctrines are absolutely central to the Scriptures. No truly Reformed believer would dispute that. It must also be said that the two sides which...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. It was truly the fulfillment of a dream when last September we received an invitation to return to Singapore to visit the Evangelical Reformed Churches there. It has been eight years since we left Singapore after seven years of labors in the ERCS. The occasion for this visit would be the dedication of the new church building and the celebration of the 13th anniversary of the First Evangelical Reformed Church on January 22, 1995. A few months later we received a check in the mail for more than...

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The Last Things, Hope For This World and the Next, by Herman Bavinck. Ed. John Bolt, tr. John Vriend. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Book House Company, 1996. 205 pp. $14.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Pastor Arie den Hartog.] This book is the first production of a recently organized society of business people, professionals, pastors, and seminary professors which is sponsoring the translation into English and publication of classic Reformed theological and religious literature first published in the Dutch language. The first project of this society is to translate and publish the complete four-volume work of Herman Bavinck entitled Gereformeerde Dogmatiek (Reformed...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. From the time of the Reformation the truly Reformed church has been serious about preaching the law of God. Reformed churches have a tradition of reading the law of God each Lord’s Day in the worship service. This practice, however, has often been opposed. It has been abandoned by most Protestant churches. There are two great errors that arise repeatedly in the church. There is the error of antinomianism, which is the false teaching that salvation by grace alone excludes all necessity of law-keeping by the redeemed Christian....

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. For some time already now, the Young Adults Fellowship at our church has been studying the book of Proverbs. We have been amazed time and again by the treasures of practical spiritual wisdom which this book contains. One of the outstanding chapters of Proverbs is chapter seven. Studying it again I was deeply impressed by the powerful warning this chapter contains for the young (really for the young and the old) regarding the enticement of the sin of immorality and the dreadful consequences this sin has for those...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. For some time now in our Young Adults’ Society in Redlands we have been studying-the book of Proverbs. In my preparations for these studies I am once again deeply impressed with the great wisdom this holy and inspired book of the Word of God contains. I shall use a passage that we recently studied to fulfill my obligation this month for this department in the Standard Bearer. The book of Proverbs, as you probably know, has as its great theme, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of...

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Rev. denHartod is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Chursh in Redlands, California. It would be good if the reader of this article would open his Bible to Proverbs 7 and read it again. The harlot portrayed in Proverbs 7 could not possibly more accurately picture the impudent immoral women that are so common in our modern day world. These women are glamorized by the world. They are the heroines of our modern day hedonistic society. They have made an “art” out of the business of enticing men into sin. Their dress, their whole demeanor, is geared for this. They are...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. The above admonition is a quote from Romans 11:20. In the context the apostle Paul is speaking about God’s sovereign purpose of predestination for both Jews and Gentiles as it is realized in the new dispensation. That this is the subject of Romans chapter 11 is evident from its opening verses. Paul in this chapter is explaining the truth that God will not cast away His people whom He foreknew. The reference is first of all to God’s Old Testament people, the Jews. In spite of the falling away...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. We live in an age when the theory that God loves all men is an almost universal idea in the church world. From this follows the teaching that we too are to love all men. Even the most wicked men in the church and in the world are to be tolerated. None is ever to be condemned, opposed, and expelled from the church. Everyone, after all, has the right to his own opinion about the doctrine of God, and he has the freedom to choose his own philosophy...

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