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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Why I Signed It This is the title of a lengthy essay which appeared in the December 12 issue of Christianity Today by James I. Packer. “It” refers to the document,Evangelicals Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium (ECT), which was signed by a number of Roman Catholics as well as a number of evangelical leaders and theologians and concerning which we reported earlier in these columns. The 25 page document originated with evangelical leader Charles Colson and Richard John Neuhaus, a former Protestant who turned Roman Catholic. This...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. To ward of false doctrines and errors that multiply exceedingly through heretical writings, the ministers and elders shall use the means of teaching, of refutation, or warning, and of admonition, as well in the ministry of the Word as in Christian teaching and family-visiting. Church Order, Article 55 Banning heretical writings The original article is almost unrecognizable in our present Article 55. Originally the article concerned the censorship of books and the banning of heretical writings. The fathers were aware of the power of the pen. They had...

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Rev. Moore is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. “  Hebrews 12:3 By God’s grace, as we walk in faith, we face the opposition of Satan and the powers of darkness. Also the world of unbelief (the coworkers of the devil) tempts us and tries to destroy our faith. Besides this, we carry with us the old man which constantly assails us as we would walk down life’s pathway as the children of God. The holy writer...

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Mr. Kamps is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Dr. A. Kuyper was a master theologian. By means of his writing, lectures, and preaching, the truth of sovereign, particular grace in Christ Jesus for the elect of God was once again restored to the confession and preaching of many thousands in the Netherlands. His work was above all a work of reformation of the church. It was reformation because it was a return to the Scriptures as confessed by the Reformed church. But this was not without a great price that had to be paid by Dr. Kuyper. He...

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What 1994 will mean for the true church in North America is not our concern. We may not speculate. This belongs to the secret things of the counsel of God that are exclusively for Him. It is comfort to the Reformed church, as it is to the believer personally, that the new year will be the unfolding of the eternal plan of the sovereign God in the exalted Lord Jesus Christ. Our concern is the revealed will of God for the church. His will is that the church work. The reason for the continuation of history in this new year...

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The Lord Jesus is coming in 1993. No, His personal, bodily, visible coming on the clouds will not take place in 1993. Too much must still happen before history can reach its end in the “day of Christ.” But He comes in 1993. He comes as He has been coming from the day that He ascended into heaven. As Lord over all things to His Church, He governs all things in heaven and on earth, in nature and among the nations, in the church and in the world, with a view to His coming again. Everything serves this goal of...

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The need of the hour — this last hour — is that the Reformed church give clear, bold, public expression to her distinctive faith concerning the last things. There is heated controversy in evangelical, conservative circles today over eschatology. Eschatology is the biblical doctrine of the second coming of Christ and the happenings that precede, accompany, and follow this coming. It is the fascinating answer of Jesus to the question of the disciples inMatthew 24:3, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Those who...

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The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. God’s Creation of the Firmament (Gen. 1:6-8) It has been a favorite device of some to hold up the biblical record of creation to ridicule and scorn as something that can be attributed to Babylonian myth for its origin, but that cannot possibly serve as a record of real works of God whereby He brought into existence a real universe as it is actually described in the Genesis record. This attempt runs somewhat as follows. First of all, they find in the record of...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Houston, Texas. And although our young children do not understand these things, we may not therefore exclude them from baptism, for as they are without their knowledge, partakers of the condemnation in Adam, so are they again received unto grace in Christ. This passage from the Form for the Administration of Baptism that is used in the Protestant Reformed Churches very nicely sums up what we wish to show in this article, that is, that infant baptism is part and parcel of the doctrines of sovereign grace, and that a...

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Could Sodom and Gomorrah Have Been Worse? Recently a member of one of our congregations sent me a letter from the president (Beverly LaHaye) of an organization called, Concerned Women for America. The letter warns the reader about a sex education program currently being used in the public schools of Los Angeles. The letter, excerpts of which follow, is self-explanatory. According to Valley Magazine, when Elizabeth Ramas, age 16, arrived in her fourth-period class on February 24, 1988, prepared to take a history test, the test was postponed and her 11th-grade class was ushered into the library.  Virginia Uribe, a...

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