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THE RULES AND METHODOLOGY FOLLOWED  Great care was taken to give the translators guidelines to follow in their work of translating. If all these men were going to work together as a harmonious whole, they would need some very strict rules to follow. The scheme for the entire work was set down in the form of fifteen specific rules. To name just a few: 1) The “Bishops’ Bible,” the official version of the church, was to be as little altered as the truth of the originals permitted. 2) There were to be no marginal notes with the exception of explanations...

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The coming of Antichrist is one of the signs of the second coming of Christ. The Bible teaches us that the last days will be characterized by wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, apostasy, great tribulation, and more. The coming of Antichrist, however, is one of the most important of all these signs. Jesus warned us about Antichrist when He said, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:24). These false Christs and false prophets are...

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(A BIBLE FOR WHICH MEN DIED—continued)  But even more than the Greek New Testament, the Roman Church feared the translation of the Bible into the language of the people. In the Translators’ Preface to the Reader we find the following reference to this attitude of the Roman Church: “So much are they afraid of the light of the Scripture that they will not trust the people with it, no not as it is set forth by their own sworn men, no not with the License of their own Bishops and Inquisitors.

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Rev. Houck is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 Before we look at the positive meaning of this passage, let us take note of the fact that Roman Catholicism teaches the very opposite of what is taught here. Rome teaches that a person is saved by means of works. Original sin and the sins committed before baptism are forgiven by baptism. After that, a person can be forgiven...

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Rev. Houck is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. I John 4:15 This text teaches us that Jesus Christ is very God. Before we look at that great truth, let us consider what the cults think of Jesus Christ. The Mormons have an extremely heretical view of Christ. Jesus, they say, was a pre-existing spirit along with the spirits of all men. The only difference between Christ and us is that He is the firstborn of the Father-God’s children....

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Rev. Houck is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 In the first part of this chapter, Jesus tells His disciples about His Father’s house. Jesus is going to that house to prepare a place for each of His people. But Thomas does not understand what Jesus is talking about. He declares to Jesus that he does not know where the Lord is going and he does not know the way to get there....

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I am thankful for this opportunity to report the progress of our Mission work in Lansing, for I believe that God is working here, through the ministry of His Word. No, it is not that we are experiencing a growth in numbers; it is not that new families from the community are joining us; and it is not that people are breaking down the doors of the church to hear the preaching of the gospel. Nevertheless, God is working here and through His Word is accomplishing His purpose.

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It is certainly true that the Christian life is not an easy life. It is a hard life, with many problems and difficulties. For we are sinners and our sinful flesh is constantly seeking to hinder us from performing the good works we will to do. It is no wonder, therefore, that we Christians find it so hard to tell others of the faith that God has given to us. For presenting the gospel to others, especially to strangers, is indeed a most difficult and arduous task. It is hard work that demands courageous zeal from a heart filled with...

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