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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was in the months following Schilder’s visit that the first indications of difficulty began to come to the surface. The difficulty was first with Schilder himself. If he had really believed our differences to be only a matter of terminology, was it not to be expected that on his return to the Netherlands he would have begun to explain the essential similarities between our positions, and thus work toward developing a common terminology which would bring us together? Instead, however, his writings went on as though his...

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Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. Romans 9:8 As I mentioned a few months ago, Mr. Roelof Janssen from Inheritance Publications sent me a copy of their new book, American Secession Theologians on Covenant and Baptism & Extra-Scriptural Binding — A New Danger, evidently with the intention that I should comment on it. The second part of this book consists of Dr. Klaas Schilder’s reflections on our “Declaration of...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Very shortly after hearing from Dr. DeJong of the Clarion magazine (which letter appeared in the April 1 issue of the SB), there appeared a letter in the Christian Renewal reflecting on the same matters, namely, the problems between the Protestant Reformed and Liberated Churches. And accordingly my answer reflected on much of the same material we considered in recent articles; but my feeling is that it warrants reprinting. Many times through the years efforts have been made to make the Declaration of Principles appear to have been...

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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 I was quite surprised when, after the publication of my last article, I received a call expressing dismay at what I had written. It came from a former member of the Liberated churches who felt I had not represented them fairly. It bothers me, for I have no wish to misrepresent anyone; but perhaps it is to be expected, and to a degree unavoidable. When one describes events of...

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Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  Colossians 2:8 Few things enable us to understand better what happened between the Rev. Herman Hoeksema and Dr. Klaas Schilder during the decade of the forties than the realization of the close similarity of the covenant view of Rev. Hoeksema to that of Dr. Herman Bavinck, by every measure the greatest and most balanced scholar of the Secession, if not of all Dutch...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  Romans 12:3 As we have noted in the past, the cause for the breakdown in relationships between the Protestant Reformed Churches in America and the Liberated Church in the Netherlands was not the adoption of the Declaration of Principles, as has been frequently claimed....

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Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?  I Corinthians 14:8 There is something troubling about this little book of Dr. Schilder’s entitled, Extra-Scriptural Binding — A New Danger. Clearly it was intended to be a response to our Brief Declaration of Principles; and Dr. Schilder has the reputation of having been a keen polemicist who could zero in on the heart of a problem and analyze it decisively. Here, however, we find something quite different, an almost uncertain groping about for some...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, nor into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not;  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Matthew 10:5-7 Christ has commanded us, Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”; but in real and practical terms, what does that mean for us personally as Christians, as...

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