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The previous issue of the Standard Bearer sent many of our readers on a wild goose chase for an article to which they found a reply in our paper, but which they could not find. Some took the trouble to look through the preceding issue. Others wondered whether it could have appeared in the Church News. All in vain. Now, it is not, and never will be, the policy of our paper to publish replies to articles that are not printed. Nor is it our custom to print replies first, in order to print the original articles later. That the...

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A third and final passage to which we must call attention in this connection is Romans 2:14, 15: “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” It must be remarked here that the Revised Version renders verse 14 more correctly, when it translates “the things of the law” instead of “the things...

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A very common argument used to defend the membership of the Christian in a worldly union is that God’s people must be salt of the earth. Now, salt is of no use as long as it remains outside of the substance that is to be salted. It is evident that a Christian cannot influence the union for good and act as the salt of the earth in such an organization unless he join it first. Hence, it is evidently the plain duty of the Christian to become member. The Word of God demands it of him. It is next to...

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But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. 1 Pet. 4:7 To pilgrims this word is addressed. And from the viewpoint of a stranger, in the consciousness of your being a sojourner in the world you must hear it. Failure to receive this Word of God in a pilgrim’s consciousness would result in finding nothing but reasons for sadness and lamentation in these words. The end of all things is near, at hand! What if that signifies the end of all you love and cherish, of all the things on which...

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And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began; That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he swore to our...

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Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5, 6 Much needed admonition! Let your conversation be without covetousness; be content with the present! How frequently the Scriptures sound this same note of warning, now in one form then in another! Flee from covetousness! The love of money is a root of all evil! Seek the things which...

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For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And that He died for all that they which live should henceforth not live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again. 2 Cor. 5:14, 15 Marvelous, unfathomable love! One died for all! He died for us! For, it is to this love of Christ to us, not to our love to Him, that the text refers. True, the expression “the love of Christ” might very well be interpreted to signify our love of Christ....

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According to reliable reports by several well-pleased of his audience, a Christian Reformed minister in Grand Rapids recently preached a sermon on Genesis 14:13 in which he emphasized that the Christian must not separate himself from the world, and that it is proper for him to become member of the worldly unions. The text reads as follows: “And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Manure the Amorite, a brother of Eschol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederates with Abram.” It is usually explained that these confederates...

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LORD’S DAY IV Q. 9 Doth not God then do injustice to man, by requiring from him in his law, that which he cannot perform? A. Not at all; for God made man capable of performing it; but man, by the instigation of the devil, and of his own willful disobedience, deprived himself and all his posterity of those divine gifts. Q. 10. Will God suffer such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished? A. By no means; but is terribly displeased with our original as well as actual sins; and will punish them in his just judgment temporally and eternally,...

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But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:4-6 But God! There is an evident contrast here with the preceding verses of this chapter. At the beginning of this chapter the apostle had purposed a different construction: “And you,” he wrote, and, no doubt, intended to continue at once: “hath he quickened together with Christ.” Of Christ,...

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