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During our labors at Manhattan we have continually been harassed by foul and wicked arguments against the truth of God’s sovereignty, as it is revealed to us in God’s Word, and maintained by us as Protestant Reformed churches. Although the Rev. Bratt lacks the moral courage to face us in open and public debate on the issues of “Common Grace,” to which we have repeatedly challenged him, he cannot refrain from making derogatory charges against our churches. In this dishonorable practice he is ably assisted by the so-called leader of the young people, Mr. Henry Westra, who claims to be...

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It affords me great pleasure to have had the privi­lege of attending your convention of Protestant Reformed youth. In the first place, because a convention such as this is a wholesome sign, that God has blessed and is blessing our churches, and that our churches have a future. For in our youth, under God, lies the future welfare of our Protestant Reformed denomina­tion. This is indeed for you a great privilege, but also at the same time a grave responsibility. In the second place I am very happy at this occasion because your convention reveals that our young people have...

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In our last article, entitled “De keuze van een zendingsveld,” we purposed to set forth how that we as Protestant Reformed Churches felt it our duty to call the Christian Reformed Churches back to the faith of our fathers, and cause her to retract her heresies and return to the truths of God’s absolute sovereignty and of the total depravity of man, the two cardinal doctrines of the Reformed faith. And further that if she refused to return from her evil way, to call out of her midst all those, who, together with us, desired to be faithful to our...

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It has been several months since the readers of the Standard Bearer have heard concerning our labors in Manhattan, Montana. First of all we may say that we have labored here these several months with great joy and may believe that the Lord has also here given us an open door. Every week we are privileged to preach the Word to a fair and attentive audience of about 70 to 75 individuals. Many, who have become more and more convinced of our sincere desire to lead them into the truth of God’s sovereign grace, as interpreted by our Reformed Standards,...

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The Rev. A. H. Bratt, Manhattan, Montana. Esteemed Brother: For the cause of God and truth I hereby come to you with the following simple yet important question; How dare you, in the light of the fact that you so frequently emphasize the absolute sovereignty of God Whose purposes never fail, subscribe to the following statement of the Professor Berkhof in his pamphlet on the ‘Three Points,’ as you did before me and your consistory. “[DUTCH REMOVED]” pp. 27, 28. If this is not a denial of God’s Sovereignty then I can not understand plain Holland language, and yet you...

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The reader must not be misled by the title of this article. No, the number of our Protestant Reformed Churches has not been increased by the addition of another congregation. In this article we wish to write in a general way on the question of how a new congregation is organized. During the past year we have written on various phases of our mission work. Among others we have written on such subjects as “The Right of our Mission,” “The Choice of a Mission Field,” and, “Seeking Contact.” Hence the subject of this article is, “The Organization of a New...

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In the Rev. Vermeer’s article “News From Our Western Churches,” there was a misrepresentation concerning our newest congregation at Edgerton in its relation to the Christian school. I refer to the following sentence: “And before I finish in Edgerton, let me add that this congregation is 100 percent for the Christian school, and that nearly half of the school board at present are members of the Prot. Ref. Church.’ Neither of these statements are true to fact. As far as I know, there are but two members of the present school board that are members of our church, and even...

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In our former article we stated that we, during our labors at Manhattan, had continually been harassed by foul and wicked charges against the truth of God’s Sovereignty, as it is revealed to us in the Word of God, and maintained by us as Protestant Reformed Churches. In this wicked practice the Rev. A. H. Bratt is ably assisted by a certain Henry Westra, the leader of the young people. The former should be acquainted with Calvin’s teachings concerning God’s sovereign decree of election and reprobation, and the overruling counsel of God’s will, but the latter, I believe does it...

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It is indeed an occasion for great rejoicing that has brought us together here this day. It is approximately twenty-five years ago that our highly respected, and greatly beloved brother in Christ, the Rev. Herman Hoeksema, was called and ordained unto the ministry of the Word and of the holy sacraments. In him the Lord has given unto His Church an outstanding and able minister of His Word, and equipped him with singular gifts wherewith to labor in that ministry. By the grace of God he did not squander or bury the talents entrusted unto him by his Lord, but...

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There is great need in our day of emphasizing the absolute necessity of Christ’s intercession for His people in heaven. Many there are who would present it as though Christ’s work as Mediator was finished when by His suffering and death He merited a mere possibility of salvation for all men, and on His work being finished it is up to man whether or not he is willing to accept this salvation which is freely offered unto him in the preaching of the gospel. They do not emphasize or entirely ignore the fact that Christ’s intercession in heaven for those...

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