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“Now Korah,….Dathan and Abiram…rose up before Moses with certain of the children of Israel: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? Numbers 16:1-3 During the wilderness journey, there were many in Israel who were children of God in name but not at heart. This became ever increasingly evident. Through the months and years the great and marvelous works of...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  Galatians 1:8 Besides strict logic (that which sees all truth as being harmoniously united together without contradiction), there is another logic in common use, that of rhetoric and eloquence, which is not nearly so demanding. This is a logic designed, not to determine truth, but to influence and persuade people. In our day we are surrounded by this kind of logic on...

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Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.  Romans 11:6 As we have seen, Dr. Klaas Schilder considered the covenant to be a legal or forensic relationship between God and all the baptized children of believers. Emphasis was placed by him on the promises of the covenant, but never apart from its demands and its threats. If anyone fails to meet these...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand. I Corinthians 15:1 I remember well the Synod of 1950. Three friends and I had set out for a tour of the western states; and our first stop was Hull, Iowa where the synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches was meeting. Much of the closeness and intimacy which had always characterized our small denomination still appeared to be there; but it was strained. Deep divisions...

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Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. … if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6 The controversy of 1953 centered in many ways in the word “conditions” and the propriety of its use regarding the covenant of grace. This is to be regretted, for that question touched only obliquely on the heart of what this whole matter was actually about, as some tried repeatedly to point out....

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Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. And he (Moses) took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.  And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words. Exodus 24:7, 8 In the thinking of Dr. Klaas Schilder the covenant of grace was viewed as forensic or legal in nature, a proclamation of law. If...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Philippians 2:4 For some time now we have been dealing with the relationship between the Protestant Reformed Churches in America and the Liberated (Vrijgemaakt) Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. I have enjoyed doing this since it touches on the life and development of that part of church history in the middle of which I was privileged to live as a maturing child and young man; and my sense is that what...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar 08, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  Acts 2:39 At the heart of the controversy over the covenant which took place in the Netherlands fifty years ago was the question of what happens to a child at the moment of his baptism. Between the two sides, the Synodicals (those who agreed with the decision of the synod on this matter) and the Liberated (those who considered themselves liberated...

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