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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Several years ago—around eight—there was much “to do” in Reformed writing and circles on the topic of the second coming of Christ. As Y2K approached, there was among the population in general a nervousness. In many Christian circles there was much misunderstanding and fear, and along with this came a torrent of erroneous teaching concerning the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. And we Reformed people responded in our writing, teaching, and witnessing by presenting the biblical teaching on the timing of Christ’s coming,...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. What has happened and what is happening to the Christian Sabbath in society and the church-world all around us? Where has the Sabbath gone? I hardly need to tell you, if my purpose is to inform you. You can see it with your own eyes. But we do need to talk about it. Not because you are unaware, but because you, dear Reformed reader, are being desensitized by what is going on around you. Historically  Historically, different attempts have been made at eradicating the Sabbath. In 1792 the...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Blame it on the… Perhaps, with me, you took note of NASA’s response to the recent sex and attempted murder scandal among its elite astronauts (“NASA Reviews Mental Health Testing,” Grand Rapids Press, February 8, 2007). The morning after I read of NASA’s disappointing response, “a breath of fresh air” came across my e-mail under the title “The Booze Didn’t Make You Do It.” Here is the article in full (Breakpoint Commentaries, February 9, 2007,www.breakpoint.com). If you ever doubted the complete triumph of the therapeutic culture in America, look...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Religious Freedom and Homosexual Marriage In our country, we often take freedom of religion for granted. There is no threat to individual safety when we identify ourselves as Christians. We are free to use the Scriptures and all their teachings in speaking to others and in showing them the way of life and the way of sin and death. In our homes we may teach our children from the Bible. As groups of believers we may gather in public worship. There is no fear of intrusion or persecution...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan.   Does God want you to be rich?  Perhaps you’ve heard of the Prosperity theology, or heard your pastor speak of the Health and Wealth gospel, or run across a televangelist with a two-story hairdo, a thousand-dollar suit, and the message that “if you just accept Jesus tonight and give us your money, God will make you rich.” And maybe you’ve wondered to yourself, “Is this for real? Can it really be true that someone who calls himself Christian, and reads the Bible, thinks such a thing about...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Union of the URC and the CanRC  Recently, one of our readers asked me to give an update on the proposed union of the United Reformed Churches (URC) and the Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC). Probably most of our readers are familiar at least with the fact that this is happening. Our interest in this as Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) stems from our involvement with these two denominations in the past. Our involvement with the CanRC occurred in the 1940-50s, when the first Dutch immigrants of the Liberated churches...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Federal Vision in the PCA  Earlier in this rubric I have written about “federal vision” theology and its new teaching on justification. One of the denominations that seem to be tolerating this teaching is the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In the August 2006 issue of the Christian Observer, under the heading “Members Of Federal Vision Study Committee Appointed,” we read this, The 34th PCA General Assembly approved erecting an ad interim committee “to study the soteriology of the Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies, which are...

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Previos article in this series: June 2010, p. 398. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 6 Question 16. Why must He be very man, and also perfectly righteous? Answer. Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which hath sinned should likewise make satisfaction for sin; and one who is himself a sinner cannot satisfy for others. Question 17. Why must He in one person be also very God? Answer. That He might, by the power of His Godhead, sustain in His human nature the burden of God’s wrath; and might obtain for, and restore to us, righteousness and...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2010, p. 180. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 5 Question 12. Since then, by the righteous judgment of God, we deserve temporal and eternal punishment, is there no way by which we may escape that punishment, and be again received into favor? Answer. God will have His justice satisfied: and therefore we must make this full satisfaction, either by ourselves, or by another. Question 13. Can we ourselves then make this satisfaction? Answer. By no means; but on the contrary we daily increase our debt. Question 14. Can there be found anywhere one who...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2011, p. 152. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 9  Question 26. What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”? Answer. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them; who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father; on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me...

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