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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co. Keeping in one’s station Does the Christian faith condemn all luxury as such? For an answer to this question, compare the ministry of Christ with that of John the Baptist; and see how Jesus Himself pointed to the fact that John refrained even from food and drink, and they said: He hath a devil; while the Son of man came eating and drinking, even in such a manner that they said (Matt. 11:19):...

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56. Concerning Reformation Through A Break With The Existing Church.  It is more important, if that is possible, that reformation by means of a break with the church has the conviction of sin and guilt as its point of departure, than in reformation through spiritual revival and gradual church renewal.  He who risks a break with the existing church without this consciousness of sin and guilt denounces faith in God’s providential order. 

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(Kuyper is, in this paragraph, discussing church reformation as it involves a break with the denomination. Reformation always begins with an individual or with individuals in a local congregation, but always continually involves the denomination as a whole. The role of a minister is always more serious than that of the ordinary members because his office is at stake.) We come now to the second category which we defined as conflicts with the church federation. That is, we speak of those who are called to church reformation not by a few persons (whether common members or office bearers) but by...

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