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Classis West met on Wednesday, September 6, 1989 in Doon, Iowa. Classis met in two sessions and finished all its business at about 4:00 Wednesday afternoon. Rev. M. DeVries served as President of the meeting. This was the first Classis at which delegates from the new Congregation of Bethel, in Elk Grove, Illinois, were present. Most of the business of Classis was routine. Classical appointments were granted to the congregations of Hope, Redlands, California, Hope, Isabel, South Dakota, and Peace, Lynwood, Illinois, though Classis did decide to ask Classis East for help in supplying Peace’s pulpit. A request for additional...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Houston, Texas. And although our young children do not understand these things, we may not therefore exclude them from baptism, for as they are without their knowledge, partakers of the condemnation in Adam, so are they again received unto grace in Christ. This passage from the Form for the Administration of Baptism that is used in the Protestant Reformed Churches very nicely sums up what we wish to show in this article, that is, that infant baptism is part and parcel of the doctrines of sovereign grace, and that a...

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Classis West met on Wednesday, March 6, 1991, in Randolph, Wisconsin. Classis met in two sessions and finished its business at about 4:00 Wednesday afternoon. Rev. S. Houck served as President of Classis and Rev. R. Hanko as Clerk. Most of the business conducted by Classis was routine. Classical appointments were scheduled for Hope PRC of Isabel, SD and for the Randolph, WI PRC. Eight subsidy requests totaling $146,152.00 were approved for 1991 and 1992 and will be forwarded to Synod, 1991 for its approval. The Lynden, Washington, congregation was given permission to request building fund collections from the churches...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 1.The importance of this doctrine. The confession that our Savior is both God and man is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. It is fundamental to every doctrine of the Scriptures and to our confession of those same doctrines. Very obviously, everything that we believe about Christ Himself as Savior hangs upon the truth of His incarnation. Unbelief staggers at the doctrines of the virgin birth, blood atonement, and the resurrection, and will not acknowledge His miracles, because it does not know Who and what He is. For...

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Classis West met on Wednesday, March 7, 1990, in South Holland, Illinois. Classis met in two sessions and finished its business at about 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. Rev. C. Haak served as President of Classis and Rev. R. Dykstra as Clerk. As President of the previous Classis, Rev. R. Dykstra also led Classis in its opening devotions. Most of the business conducted by Classis was routine. Classical appointments were scheduled for Hope PRC of Isabel, SD and for the Randolph, WI PRC. Nine subsidy requests totaling $107,081.00 were approved for 1990 and 1991 and will be forwarded to Synod, 1990 for...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 1.The testimony of Scripture (continued). The evidence of Christ’s divinity as found in Scripture is of many kinds, and taken all together is clear proof that He is everything: that His people believe Him to be. We must not be swayed, either, by the arguments or numbers of those who deny Him, into thinking that this evidence is anything less than incontrovertible. The failure of so many to receive this truth is not due to any defect or insufficiency of Scripture, but to the willing ignorance of unbelief,...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 1.The testimony of Scripture (continued). One of the more striking evidences of Christ’s divinity is His claim to authority, to sovereign, autonomous, all-encompassing authority. He claimed this authority over all the institutions of the Jewish nation to the consternation of the Jewish leaders. He angered the scribes and lawyers by claiming not only an authority next to theirs as learned interpreters of Moses and the Old Testament, but also by insisting that He was Himself the Law-giver and One greater than all the Prophets and Patriarchs. And not...

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Classis West met in special session on Wednesday and Thursday, June 17 and 18, 1992, in South Holland, Illinois. This meeting was held to conduct the peremptoir examination of Pastor-elect Mitchell Dick. Pastor-elect Dick successfully sustained his examination and the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, was advised to proceed with his ordination to the ministry of the Word and sacraments. Via its Classical Committee, Classis West also received and approved a request from Rev. Audred Spriensma of the Christian Reformed Church for admission to the Protestant Reformed Churches under Article 9 of the Church Order. Classis conducted...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 2. Denials of this doctrine (continued). Though the false teaching of the sects regarding the divinity of Christ is still a threat to the church, especially because of the deceitfulness of these false teachers, the greatest threat to church doctrine at, this point comes not from without but from within. That threat is the neglect of this doctrine by the church herself. Such neglect of Christ’s divinity is at least as malignant as the outright denials of this doctrine that characterize the sects, perhaps even more so since...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 4. The divine Person of Christ. In speaking of the two natures of Christ, it is necessary not only to speak of these natures, but also of the Person of Christ. These terms, “person” and “nature,” are not so much biblical as theological terms, and are also used in connection with the doctrine of the trinity. The use of them arose out of the need to express and define the truth of Scripture concerning God Triune and concerning Jesus Christ as clearly as possible over against various heresies...

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