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March 6, 1996 at Pella, Iowa The March meeting of Classis West was held in Pella, Iowa on Wednesday, March 6. The customary Officebearers’ Conference was held the day before. The theme of the Conference was “Discerning the Spirits.” The keynote address was given by Pastor Steven Key, who spoke on “Trying the Spirits.” Also giving presentations at the conference were Rev. Ron Cammenga, “Promise Keepers: What Should Be Our Response?”; Rev. Charles Terpstra, “Conferences: Of What Value?”; and Rev. Michael DeVries, “The Multiplication of Signs and Miracles: An Examination of the Influences of Pentecostalism.” In attendance at the conference...

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March 5, 1997  at Doon, Iowa The March meeting of Classis West was held in Doon, Iowa on Wednesday, March 5. The customary Officebearers’ Conference was held the day before. The theme of the Conference was “Faithful Preaching vs. the Free Offer.” Pastor Carl Haak gave the keynote address, the theme of which was “Preaching the Mercy and Goodness of God to Sinners.” Also giving presentations at the conference were Missionary Thomas Miersma, “Preaching and Mission Work Without a Debilitating Offer”; and Pastor Jai Mahtani, “Preaching the Gospel Promiscuously.” Rev. Allen Brummel also gave a review of the book by...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. It is unquestionably true, as one who subjects himself to the revelation of Holy Scripture can easily see, that man occupies a unique place in God’s creation. For that very reason Scripture gives special attention to the account of man’s creation. In doing so, Scripture demonstrates the importance of having a correct understanding of Adam, the first man, and of his place in the creation and before his God. Necessary knowledge A scriptural view of man is essential. That is true not only in order that we might...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. This article is the substance of the opening address given by Pastor Key at an Officebearers’ Conference in Pella, IA, on March 5, 1996. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” I John 4:1 The subject that we consider is a matter of critical importance. The fact that the call to discernment is issued throughout the Bible, in the Old and New Testaments, the fact that repeated warning is given concerning...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Scripture teaches that the natural man is in an absolutely hopeless state and condition. We are members of a corrupt race in which we are conceived and born in sin, and are wholly incapable of doing any good and inclined to all wickedness. We are guilty before God. Our natures are corrupt. Our sins continue to accumulate an immeasurable mountain of debt before God. Furthermore, our sin is not a minor fault, but an attack upon the holiness and righteousness of the God with whom we have to...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. When we discuss man’s creation, we are immediately drawn to the truth that man was created in the image and after the likeness of God. We read in Genesis 1:26, 27: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. We are considering the general theme of I John 4:1. It is our calling to be discerning Christians. Discernment is a calling that is critically important for all of us. We are constantly confronted with false teachings and practices that are contrary to the standard of God’s Holy Word. And error in either doctrine or life is destruction of our fellowship with God. So we are called to “try the spirits.” What Are These “Spirits”? It is a common interpretation of I John 4:1 that the term “spirits”...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”  I Timothy 2:5 Such is the gospel proclamation of salvation to all who believe. It is the only way of salvation. There is one Mediator, one Savior. There is one God, who alone determines the who and the how of salvation. We have received grace to see ourselves as we stand before the great and holy God, who is perfectly righteous in all His judgments. None can escape the punishment of His...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. In the past couple years there has been a stirring controversy in the Reformed Church of America concerning one of its ministers. Richard Rhem, a pastor in Spring Lake, Michigan, has taught publicly that faith in Jesus Christ is not the only way to salvation, and that Jews, Muslims, and those from other religious backgrounds may be as likely to enter heaven as those who profess faith in Christ. The periodical Christian Renewal reported in September of 1996 that the case had even drawn the attention of the...

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