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We complain that two papers are too many for our small group of churches. Defiantly our young people published a third: Beacon Lights! We heartily congratulate our young people with their defiant spirit, and with its product in this new “Periodical of the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Federation.” The outward appearance of the first issue is attractive and neat. A look at the names of the members of the editorial staff and the list of contributors kindles the hope that the paper will deliver good stuff and sound doctrine. A perusal of the contents of this first issue corroborates that...

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The consistory of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids resolved to distribute the following “Testimony” among the members of their congregation: Beloved in the Lord Jesus Christ! In view of the present trend of development in the industrial world it is to be feared that also in our community it will become increasingly difficult to secure or retain a position or job unless one join one of the worldly unions. Hence, many of us may probably be tempted to become member of such a union rather than lose his job. The Consistory, therefore, considered it necessary and expedient...

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The Word of God is very severe in its condemnation of false teachers. And this condemnation does not only concern their false doctrine, but also their motives and methods. Many Christians often are inclined to assume a sympathetic attitude to the preachers of false doctrines, even though they do not agree with their tenets. We speak of having respect for the opinions of others, and forget that the doctrine of the Word of God is not a matter of opinion. Or we take the charitable view that a man may honestly err, and that, therefore, you cannot ascribe the teaching...

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Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: to God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Rom. 16:25-27 Amen! So let it be! Glory be to the only wise God through Jesus Christ! Let the Church on earth, called through...

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The apostle Paul writes to the church at Rome (Rom. 16:17, 18): “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” The context of this passage is peculiar. We would not expect such an exhortation here. It occurs in the midst of greetings and salutations and blessings. Admonitions to watch and beware of false teachers are, of course,...

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Just what is a sect in distinction from the Church, or even from a church? This question would appear to be of practical interest, both for the Church in general, and for our churches in particular. For, we surely believe one holy catholic Christian Church. Yet, always in the history of the Church of Christ in the world there were schisms, divisions, separations, secessions, and the one Church was divided into so many separate groups, distinct from one another in their confession of the truth, that it is difficult to maintain the oneness of the Church on earth, that, at...

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Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as me hope in thee. Ps. 88:22 New Year’s morning! Yet, there is nothing new under the sun! Old things have not passed away, all things have not become new. Still we move about and whirl around, with all men and all things, within the vicious circle of vanity, hemmed in on all sides by impenetrable darknesses, limited everywhere by things earthly and temporal, and there appears to be no way out. . . . Vanity of vanities! It is still true, also on New Year’s morning, that our eyes open...

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isa. 9:6 Wonderful, indeed! Wonderful, that the Church of the old dispensation, while the mystery was still hid, could thus sing and shout for joy at the prospect of His coming, the coming of the Prince of Peace! And wonderful is He, as in the light of prophecy He is here beheld, in his power and dominion, in his marvelous virtues...

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In the same issue of The Banner from which we quoted above we also read the following item: “The discussion of the subject at the synod of Sneek led to an incident which will interest our readers. Prof. K. Schilder remarked that they should seek contact with the Protestant Reformed Church of the United States, especially because they correspond with ehurch.es with which they have much less in common, for instance the Reformed Church in America, which has Free Masons among its members. Prof. G. Ch. Aalders, who represented his Church at our synod this year, was of a different...

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And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able to admonish one another. Rom. 15:14 Full of goodness! Amazing fruit of God’s marvelous grace! For such it is, indeed! Fruit of the wonderful grace of Him, Who quickeneth the dead and calleth the things that are not as if they were, is this goodness of which the Church of the Lord Jesus is said to be full. And in order to see a little of the wonder of it, just recall whence this same Church, that is...

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