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We have contended that it is wrong for the church to introduce hymns into its worship services. Our argument rests upon the claim that the Holy Spirit has given the church of all ages one book of songs, the inspired Psalms, and has nowhere indicated a desire that the church should occupy herself with the task of versifying other parts of or all the rest of the inspired Word. From the Holy Spirit’s silence in this regard, we conclude that the church has no calling to add to the Divinely provided songs for the church. The Holy Spirit might have...

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The Reformed Churches are rich in their liturgical heritage! This heritage, in distinction from that of many other churches, is not enveloped with numerous externals that only enhance superstition and contribute little or nothing at all to the true worship of God; but it is composed of a series of simple, well-written, doctrinal formularies that are invaluable aids in bringing out the significance of singular worship practices of the church. 

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The prayer that concludes the administration of the sacrament of Holy Baptism is a beautiful expression of thanksgiving that, with the exception of a single word, has been preserved for us in its original form. In about the middle of the prayer we find the phrase, “that Thou wilt be pleased always to govern these baptized children by Thy Holy Spirit.” The word “baptized” in this connection did not appear in the original prayer but was added later. Its omission or inclusion in the prayer does not in any way alter the prayer and therefore the matter is of minor...

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The Hymn Matter (concluded) It is evident from what we have written in the last two issues of The Standard Bearer that in 1953 the sentiment of the churches in the east was, in the main, adverse to the use of other songs than those permitted by the Church Order in our consistorially sponsored radio programs. With this sentiment we agree because it is our position that these programs, officially sponsored by the church, in which the Word is ministered as a mission endeavor, should also be regulated by the rules of the Church Order. Consistency demands this. A simple illustration can make...

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In our last article we raised several questions regarding marriage. It is not our purpose to attempt to answer these questions now but we shall do that later as we discuss the idea and implications of the marriage state. We will first write a few things about “church weddings” which is the subject of Article 70 of our Church Order. Our present reading of the Church Order makes church weddings mandatory for the members of the church. Although the article we are now considering does not say this in so many words, it is nevertheless clearly implied. It states that...

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