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Prior to last year’s presidential election I wrote an article about Mormonism, the religion of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (see the Feb. 15, 2012 Standard Bearer). Mormon­ism is well-known as a polytheistic religion, that is, a religion that believes in the existence of many gods. As an adherent to the false religion of Mormonism, Mitt Romney wickedly believes there are many gods. But Mitt Romney was not the only polytheist in the race for the presidency last year. President Obama, despite his public profession of Christianity, also promotes a form of polytheism. There are different forms of polytheism, and...

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Below is an article by Gene Wojciechowski for espn.com demanding the University of Nebraska fire coach Ron Brown. The article is worthy of some commen­tary. Ron Brown confusing faith with rights Let’s say there is a gay running back on the Ne­braska roster. And Ron Brown is his position coach. Now what? Think about that for a moment. And then think about Brown’s very public stance against homosexual­ity. The Cornhuskers assistant coach recently testified in front of the Omaha (Neb.) City Council that gays, lesbians and transgender people shouldn’t receive anti-discrimination protection under a proposed ordinance. He is considering testifying...

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Abortion Is Murder Even in the Case of Rape Todd Akin, a U.S. Congressman from Mississippi and that state’s Republican nominee for the US Sen­ate, recently stirred up controversy about abortion in the case of rape. Below is an article by Trevin Wax that provides strong arguments for why abortion in the case of rape is immoral in an imagined “do-over” of Congressman Akin’s interaction with the news media. The article is entitled What Todd Akin Should Have Said About Abortion and Rape.1 Abortion is front-and-center in the presidential cam­paign due to a congressman’s flub on national TV. In case...

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Women are free to choose—and there is no wrong choice. The women’s liberation movement has defi­nitely made “progress.” Time once was when society thought it was immoral for a woman to “choose” not to become a mother by having an abortion. Time once was when society thought it was improper (immoral may be too strong a word) for a mother to leave her children in the home while she pursued a career in the work-a-day-world. Then the feminist movement came along proclaiming women had the right to choose. Now women have freedom to choose. They may choose to give birth...

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And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Revelation 2:18-20 What follows is...

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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Dr. Richard B. Gaffin Jr.’s Doctrine of Justification, by Stephen M. Cunha. Unicoi Tennessee, The Trinity Foundation. 118 pages. Softcover. ISBN978891777325. [Reviewed by Clay Spronk.] Mr. Cunha wrote what makes up the main body of this book in 2008. At that time Mr. Cunha and his family were leaving Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, a congregation belonging to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) denomination. He explains in the preface that his purpose was “to outline the reason for our family’s decision to leave that congregation” (p. 7). The reason Mr. Cunha and his family left this congregation,...

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“Religion” Attacked Your teenage sons and daughters may have seen it. It is a poem/rap by Jefferson Bethke entitled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” It has been viewed over 13 million times on YouTube. Its lyrics are recorded on this website: http://rapgenius.com/Jefferson-bethke-why-i-hate-religion-but-love-jesus-spoken-word-lyrics. “Jesus came to abolish religion,” the first line of the poem says. Religion is bad, and the people who are religious are bad, perhaps the most wicked people on earth, the poem proclaims. What is religion, and who are these terrible religious people? The poem is ambiguous. Nevertheless, it is certainly an attack on traditional churches and...

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Rev. Spronk is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. The synods of the Reformed Church of America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) moved towards adopting the Belhar Confession to serve as a fourth form of unity along with the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dordt. The RCA’s website (www.rca.org/ Page.aspx?pid=4073) contains the following explanation of the Belhar’s status: Delegates at the 2009 General Synod discussed the Belhar Confession in advisory committees and on the plenary floor. They voted to adopt the confession as a fourth standard, a decision that needs to...

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Rev. Spronk is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. Father Richard John Neuhaus Father Richard John Neuhaus died on January 8, 2009. Father Neuhaus was an influential man. Some even give him partial credit for the two-term presidency of George W. Bush. Daniel Burke (in an article posted January 9, 2009 onchristianitytoday.com) began his report on Neuhaus’ death stating, “The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, an eminent Catholic intellectual who tutored President Bush in Catholic social teaching and helped build the political coalition that made his election possible, died Thursday at age 72.” Not only is Neuhaus credited...

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Rev. Spronk is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. As Reformed believers you probably know that this year marks the 500th birthday of John Calvin, who was born July 10, 1509. The Reformed community views the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth as an occasion to celebrate—and rightfully so. Books are being published about Calvin’s life and theology. Conferences are being held. Prayers of thanksgiving are being offered to God for using Calvin as a mighty reformer of the church and preacher of the gospel of salvation by faith alone through Christ alone. Some view Calvin as the...

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