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On July 1 I began my internship under Rev. VanOverloop and the council of Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church. This has been a big change for me. Instead of working at my regular summer job (repairing pallets) and taking classes in the seminary in the fall, I have been working for Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church. This has been a change for my family as well. We are members at Faith PRC, but since the internship started we have been attending the worship services at Byron Center. It was hard to leave Faith, but we looked forward to meeting the...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2011, p. 368. A Case Study in Working Hard Not to Exercise Discipline The last article began an examination of the Missouri Presbytery of the PCA’s exoneration of Federal Vision heretic Jeffrey Meyers. In that article it was pointed out how Meyers contradicts the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone. We turn now to Meyers’ second main error and a brief explanation of the significance of the Meyers case. The Root of it All: Jeff Meyers Believes in a Conditional Covenant Meyers’ second error, and the root of his heretical views, is...

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Previous article in this series: April 1, 2011, p. 303. A Case Study in Working Hard Not to Exercise Discipline This article is the third in a series of four examining the failure of three of the governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) to discipline men guilty of teaching heretical views associated with the Federal Vision (FV) movement. This article focuses on the Missouri Presbytery’s (MOP) exoneration of Jeffrey Meyers, pastor of Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church in Saint Louis, MO. The Jeffrey Meyers case is very significant. Meyers is a leading, public proponent of the FV. He...

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The Presbyterian Church (USA) to Homosexual Officebearers: “You are free to be sexually active.” In 2010 the General Assembly of the PC(USA), a denomination with 2.3 million members, decided to remove a clause from its constitution that required ministers to “live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” Removing this language would have the effect of allowing homosexual officebearers in the PC(USA) to have same-sex dating and “marriage” relationships. For this decision to take effect a majority of the denomination’s presbyteries needed to approve it. In 2010 Christianity Today reported the...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2011, p. 257. A Case Study in Working Hard not to Exercise Discipline In a previous article we noted that three governing bodies of the Presbyterian Churches in America (PCA) have recently dealt with ministers accused of teaching or defending views consistent with the heresy of the Federal Vision (FV) and have refused to take decisions condemning these ministers and their views. In that article the actions of the Presbytery of the Siouxlands (SLP) were examined. This article focuses on the actions of the Standing Judicial Commission (SJC), which represents the General Assembly...

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The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC)  We knew this was coming. Rev. Gise Van Baren reported on the proposed merger of the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) in the March 15, 2006 edition of the Standard Bearer. On June 18 the merger was ratified. For the Grand Rapids Press Paul R. Kopenkoskey reports: An estimated 400 delegates approved Friday at Calvin College a constitution that merges the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council into the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The new union represents 80 million Christians from 108 countries, in...

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Introduction  Observing what is going on around us in the church world can often be a very depressing exercise. Usually what “makes the news” is the kind of event that gives evidence of appalling apostasy in the church. Therefore, we often take note of the worst events that are taking place in denominations and churches around us. Certainly much could be written about the terrible apostasy taking place in the denomination we give attention to in this article, the Reformed Church in America (RCA). In this article, however, attention will be given to a movement called RCA Integrity, which seems...

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Members of the United Reformed Churches (URC) have held a variety of views on creation since the organization of the URC as a federation of churches in 1996. The main issue is the interpretation of Genesis, especially chapters 1 and 2. Some in the URC interpret these opening chapters of the Bible literally. Others interpret these chapters figuratively. The difference centers mainly on the days of Genesis 1. Those who interpret Genesis 1 literally view the days as ordinary 24-hour days. Those who interpret the chapter figuratively view the days as long periods of time. This raises the important question, should a variety...

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A Case Study in Working Hard not to Exercise Discipline Will you adopt a study report condemning the Federal Vision? In 2007 the General Assembly of the PCA (Presbyterian Churches in America) said yes to this question and adopted a report condemning the heretical movement known as the Federal Vision. But now the more pressing question is, will you discipline the heretics who publicly teach and defend doctrines that are associated with the Federal Vision? The actions of three of the governing bodies of the PCA indicate the answer to this question is, not if we can avoid it! The...

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Rev. Spronk is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. These words of Jesus in John 16:32 perhaps conjure up in our minds pictures of saints suffering severe physical persecution. Physical persecution is certainly one way that those who confess the name of Jesus Christ suffer tribulation. The disciples to whom Jesus spoke these words suffered physical persecution. They were arrested, beaten, exiled, and martyred. And throughout history many who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ handed down by those disciples have endured like physical persecution. But tribulation comes in forms other than physical persecution. The church of...

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