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Vol 18 Issue 11

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News From Our Western Churches

It is already some three or four years ago since the last time an article appeared in our Standard Bearer under this heading. This may have caused some of you to wonder whether we still have churches in the West. Well, we surely do. Of course, they are not yet “quite” as large as our Fuller Ave. congregation, but nevertheless, I am glad to be able to say that, in general, they are still very much alive. Of this life and of some of the activities in our Western Churches, I have been asked to inform the readers of our...

The Canonical Significance of the Song of Songs

No other book in the Bible is such a puzzle to commentators of every school, as the Song of Solomon. In the course of ages it has been overgrown with a maze of both mystical and literal interpretations and its literal form is subject to endless controversy. Yet the fault lies with the interpreters, with their failure to allow the book to speak to them and with their failure to adhere to right principles of exegesis. In ascertaining the canonical significance of the book, we are confronted by the questions: “Is the book allegorical as to its character or typical,...

Christian Reformed Church a Stumblingblock

Just now I am referring to the particular fact, that by its stand with regard to the worldly unions The Christian Reformed Church becomes the occasion that some of the weaker brethren of the Protestant Reformed Churches are tempted to sin. When one becomes the occasion for another to fall into sin, he is a stumbling block. The Christian Reformed Church, because of its stand, or failure to take a positive stand with regard to the unions, is the occasion that some of our men stumble into a double sin: they break their vow pledged before God and the Church,...

Lord’s Day 3, Chapter 4: The Universality of Depravity

Thus far we discussed the fall of our first parents in Paradise, and we reached the conclusion that it was, indeed, a fall, and not merely an act of sin. By the first act of disobedience, consisting in eating of the forbidden tree, the nature of our first parents was corrupted. It was not merely weakened, but actually debased and ethically corrupted, so that henceforth they could no longer serve the Lord their God in love. They lost the image of God, their knowledge of God became darkness; their righteousness was subverted into rebellion; and their holiness was turned into...

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