Dearly Beloved, the reformed Christian is in danger of losing all that he has held dear in faith. There is an attempt to take from God’s children the Scriptures as the Word of God—normative for faith and walk. This is being done today by those professing a need for and a desire for a “new hermeneutic.” These are strong charges, you might say. Is this really true? Is there really such a danger with the desiring of a new way of interpreting the Bible? (Hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpreting the Bible.) Recently in Edmonton, Dr.
An outstanding feature of the Scripture’s teaching concerning the church is the importance of faithfulness to the truth of God’s Word, and to the sound doctrinal preaching of the Word. The life of the church is dependent upon Christ’s Word. But today there is a forsaking of true Scriptural preaching and teaching. This is detrimental to the church, and in fact brings it to destruction if persistently followed. It is well that we consider our ways also, in the light of the teaching of God’s Word concerning the church.
The Lord wonderfully instructs His church in prayer by means of the “Lord’s Prayer.” In the first three petitions He teaches the church to use prayer to glorify God, to extol Him, and to be concerned above all with that glory. This is especially true of the third petition. And as we turn our attention to the will of Jehovah, we will note that the will of God eternally is to glorify Himself in the highest possible way through Christ and His church. And all things in this creation, as well as all creatures, come under this eternal purpose of...
(The second of two articles treating the third petition as it is explained in the 49th Lord’s Day of the Heidelberg Catechism)
The church of Jesus Christ, as the body of Christ, is holy. So we confess together in the “Apostles Creed.” When we say the church is holy, we mean that both as to her calling and in respect to her virtue she is holy. The church is consecrated unto God. The church is such in principle, in and of grace alone. Her holiness is the gift of grace. Thus neither with respect to her spiritual virtue of holiness, nor with respect to her calling, may she exalt herself. The church is holy only in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
It is the purpose of this article to focus attention on the covenant calling of Christian parents within the confines of family life. At the same time there necessarily will be Scriptural directives within the scope of this article for the covenant youth and children. Let us begin with the text that I would consider with you in this article; I refer to Eph.
By now most of our readers are aware that our churches have, adopted, at the Synod of 1973, a limited budget for foreign missions. This limited budget has come into being as a result of a limited activity in the field of foreign missions. For many years we have not had the opportunity to labor in this field because of our limitations of size and priority of activity. However, it has pleased God to give to our churches the opportunity to conduct a limited labor in the field of “foreign” missions.
It was my privilege to be in Doon at the time of the dedication of their new and beautiful church building. Rev. R. Moore sent the following article and pictures for publication in the Standard Bearer. Our readers share with Doon congregation their joy in this evidence of God’s goodness to them and pray that they may find their delight in the favor of our God in the way of His truth. —H. Hanko
In our age, more and more, we are witness to the fact that the truth that the Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God, and that it is normative for faith and life is brought under attack. It is said that God’s Word is in the Bible, rather than that the Bible is God’s Word. The Bible is said only to tell stories of what could happen, or is said to tell something of what God is willing to say to us. Much of the historical fact of Scripture is brought into question, and parts of the Bible are...
It often seems as if those who attempt to solve our problems do not know them at all. We may be poor, and one who is well off tries to bring us comfort and help. Or, we may be sick, and one who has good health comes with prayer and words of comfort. Or, we may be passing through a particular trial, and one who is untried speaks with us. And although this comfort and care is brought with good Christian intent, nevertheless we are often prone to say that the one attempting to comfort us knows nothing of our...