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Mr. Kamps is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Dr. A. Kuyper was a master theologian. By means of his writing, lectures, and preaching, the truth of sovereign, particular grace in Christ Jesus for the elect of God was once again restored to the confession and preaching of many thousands in the Netherlands. His work was above all a work of reformation of the church. It was reformation because it was a return to the Scriptures as confessed by the Reformed church. But this was not without a great price that had to be paid by Dr. Kuyper. He...

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Mr. Kamps is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Dr. Abraham Kuyper now turns to the matter of Christ’s foreordination and the blessed reality of the mystical union of Christ and His people, in order to disprove the notion of Christus pro omnibus. The truth and reality of the mystical union of Christ and His people rests upon the truth that specific persons were eternally known to God in love and given to Christ as His responsibility for their redemption, sanctification, and preservation. This mystical union may be expressed as the “sweet whisperings” of the Spirit of Christ to...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Late this past summer two of our ministers, Rev. David Engelsma and Rev. Marvin Kamps, labored in the ministry of the Word in this village on the Irish Sea. Larne is located some twenty miles northeast of the troubled city of Belfast. The land of Ulster, another name for Northern Ireland; is torn by dissension between the Protestant and the Roman Catholic citizenry. The overwhelming majority are Protestant in name. They wish to remain governed by England. The Roman Catholic minority are determined to bring Northern Ireland...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Granville, Michigan. The Christian man understands well that true freedom is freedom from one’s own depraved reasoning. One is free when he is governed by Christ Jesus through the Word of God. God in Christ makes a man free from the prejudices found in the hearts of depraved men and from the deceptions of his own heart. Freedom is itself the gift of God’s grace in Christ. The freedom we are considering is therefore religious freedom. Free to obey God alone. We have but one Master. This is not contradictory....

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Introduction The Reformed believer makes a most profound confession. He confesses what God has said. The Reformed believer is in agreement with the living God. Most men find themselves at odds with the living God over this book, the Bible. The men of this world cannot say from the heart that they believe “without any doubt, all things contained” in the divine Scriptures (Belgic Confession, Art. V). But the Lord always preserves to Himself a few who enter in at the strait gate and joyfully confess what...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Propositional Revelation It has always been the Reformed church’s confession that the Bible gives us information concerning who God is. If one consults the Creeds of the Reformed churches he will discover that the church declared “what kind of a God God is” and ‘Who he is.” Consider the first article of the Belgic Confession, where the church speaks of God’s Being: “there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God; and that he is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just,...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Its Absolute Authority It hardly seems necessary, for members of our Protestant Reformed Churches, to write on the authority of Scripture. We have always enjoyed, as a denomination of Reformed churches, a united commitment to this fundamental understanding of God’s Word. It is impossible to find in any of our ministers’ writings, of past and present, or in any of our ecclesiastical decisions throughout all the years of our existence, any questioning of the sole authority of the Bible. This is truly an evidence of the blessing...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Many men happily confess that the Bible is an inspired book. They will even say that this inspiration is of God. After all, the Scriptures themselves declare that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Most men then would recognize that, if they would be taken seriously by the church, they must at least pay lip service to the doctrine of inspiration. But they are determined to deny that the Bible is without error. It is the infallibility of the Word of God that is offensive...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. The biblical truth of the clarity of Scripture was vigorously set forth by the Reformers of the sixteenth century over against the teaching of Rome. The term “perspicuity” as applied to Scripture, means that the Bible is of such a nature that its meaning is clear, transparent, and penetrable to the believer. Not the impenitent, spiritually dead in sin sinner so finds God’s Word; for to him it speaks only of wrath and of judgment. But the man of God, regenerated, indwelled by the illuminating Spirit of...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. We have all encountered individuals who have no appreciation for the unity of Scripture. They are, those who carry a small New Testament, presenting it as the Word of God. They preach and teach only from the New Testament. It is their claim that the New Testament is for the church, while supposedly the Old Testament was for the Jews of the old dispensation. We have the gospel; the Jews had the law. The Christian faith, therefore, is expressed in the New Testament but not in the...

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