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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. But that which ye have … hold fast till I come. Revelation 2:25 The “Declaration of Principles” was adopted by the Synod of 1950 with what appeared to be a unanimous vote (later one person claimed to have dissented). This adoption was not final. First it was sent for evaluation to the churches; but its reception there was hardly the same. My friends and I, having witnessed the vote of Synod, spent several weeks traveling from Hull to the West coast. On the way we reflected often on...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15 There can be little question but that the deposition of Dr. Schilder and his colleagues by the synod of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, the Gereformeerde Kerken, was extremely unjust, a ruthless and unchristian act. After all, there was a war going on, with a very wicked and ungodly enemy overwhelming their land, while Dr. Schilder himself – one of the few with...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. On the way to Tasmania one crosses both the international date line and the equator, and everything changes. Suddenly tomorrow becomes today; and what was supposed to be today is yesterday. The sun rises early rides through the north and sets late, while the south sides of buildings and trees stay in the shade. The nights are short but dark; and the stars shine unusually bright. Drivers get into the passenger’s side of cars; and passengers sit where drivers ought. The right side of the road is the...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the 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 The Declaration of Principles was up for final adoption at the synod of 1951; and as the time for this session approached, the tensions began to build. It was not as though the Declaration itself caused the breakdown in relations between us and the Liberated churches. For all practical purposes, that was accomplished before the Declaration ever appeared. If there was any one...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Philippians 2:1, 2 The adoption of the Declaration of Principles by the synod of 1951 in no way resolved the tensions within the churches. Actually there was one more opportunity left to register objections to it. Protests could properly be brought to the next meeting...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  II Timothy 2:15 Being too logical, strangely, has become an all too common criticism in these days since Karl Barth first expressed his fascination with paradoxical “yes” and “no” disjunctives. And so it is that Dr. J. DeJong, editor of the Clarion, in his recent debates with. Prof. Engelsma, faulted him for his “logical scheme of thought.” One can only wonder, is he suggesting it would be...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:15 There was something special about attending seminary in the years following the “Split of 1953.” In many ways it was more like a graduate course than one of ordinary seminary study. The days were short; the assignments were few; and little outside reading was required. Only occasionally were we given tests; and, when we were, they were seldom seen again. We only wondered whether they were...

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Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. Exodus 4:24, 25 Schilder, in the 24th chapter of his little book, Extra-Scriptural Binding, remarks, “I myself do not want to be either a supralap—sarian or an infralapsarian.” One wonders what he meant. As he certainly knew, the lapsarian...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. I Timothy 2:5, 6 Inasmuch as we are called by Christ to proclaim the gospel to every creature—that is, to “offer” it, in the historical Latin sense of the word,¹ but not in the modern colloquial sense²—there are a number of questions that arise: How are we expected to bring this gospel? To whom in real and practical terms...

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