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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2023, p. 253. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. II Timothy 1:9 Introduction: What calling is In the ordo salutis, the logical sequence in which the Holy Spirit applies the benefits of salvation decreed by God in election and purchased by Christ on the cross, the second step is calling. I define calling thus: “Calling is the address of God’s voice by the Holy...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2022, p. 132. Introduction: What regeneration is In the first article of this series we defined the ordo salutis as the logical order in which the Holy Spirit of Christ applies those benefits of salvation decreed by God in election and purchased by Christ on the cross. The order has eight steps: regeneration, calling, conversion, saving faith, justification, sanctification, preservation, and glorification. In this article I will explain the first step, regeneration. The following is a definition of regeneration: Regeneration is the work of God by the power of the Holy Spirit to...

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Previous article in this series: October 1, 2023, p. 11.   And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.  Joel 2:13 The terminology In the last article in this series on the ordo salutis (the logical sequence in which the Holy Spirit applies the benefits of salvation decreed by God in election and purchased by Christ on the cross), the terms “old man” and “new man” from Heidelberg Catechism, LD 33 were mentioned but...

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An introduction to soteriology As I begin writing for a new rubric, I intend to treat Soteriology or the doctrine of salvation. Soteriology is the fourth of the six loci of dogmatics, where loci is the plural of locus, which means “place.” The Essentials of Reformed Doctrine students, usually tenth and eleventh graders, learn the six loci of dogmatics as Theology, Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology, or the study of God, man, Christ, salvation, the church, and the last things. Salvation is that great work of God in which He, through Christ and by the Holy Spirit, delivers His...

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Introduction A good theologian must “rightly [divide] the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15), that is, make proper distinctions. The word translated “rightly dividing” means to cut straight. In our consideration of justification, we make distinctions. It is tempting not to do this or to be suspicious of those who do so. Nevertheless, theology without distinctions is impossible. One of the distinctions that theologians have made is between justification in eternity and justification in time. Sometimes that distinction is expressed as being between objective and subjective justification. Another distinction is between the fact of justification and the experience or enjoyment...

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Rev. Martyn McGeown, pastor of Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI The legislative process in the United States is complicated. First, a bill (a legislative proposal) is written. Second, the bill passes through various committees in the House of Representatives. Many bills die in committee, where they often undergo amendments, and they never reach the floor for a vote. The Speaker of the House of Representatives determines the voting schedule— he or she (the current Speaker is Nancy Pelosi) has enormous power, therefore. If a majority of the House of Representatives votes for a bill, it passes to the Senate, where...

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Previous article in this series: June 2023, p. 398. I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. Jeremiah 31:18-19   A turning In the ordo salutis, the logical sequence in which the Holy Spirit applies the...

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Rev. Martyn McGeown, pastor of Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI The Florida bill On March 28, 2022 Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed HR-1557 into law, a bill dubbed by the liberal media as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” but whose actual title is “The Parental Rights in Education Bill.” The point of the Florida law, which comes into effect on July 1, 2022, is to give parents more control over their children’s education. This is a hot topic politically in the USA, where the instruction in many public schools includes lessons on critical race theory, gender studies, and the...

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The passage of C-4 Canada has just banned conversion therapy with the passage of Bill C-4, which was approved unanimously by Canada’s House of Commons and Senate, and then received Royal Assent on December 8, 2021. Royal Assent means that Canada’s Governor General, Mary Simon, a representative of the Crown, Queen Elizabeth II, signed it into law. The new law took effect on January 7, 2022. Conversion therapy is defined in C-4 as follows: a practice, treatment or service designed to (a) change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual; (b) change a person’s gender identity to cisgender; (c) change a...

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Introduction The schism in the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) affects life “all around us.” Much more significant than any other issue is the rift that has taken place in our churches, separating very friends and families from one another. While the leaders of the schism call it a “reformation,” I call it what it is: a sinful division in the church of Jesus Christ. The schism is being kept active by ratcheting up rhetoric. Rhetoric is “the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing.” To ratchet something up is “to increase repeatedly and by small amounts.” Such we have...

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