All Articles For Vol 34 Issue 16 5/15/1958

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Recently a friend and brother, of one of our churches, was instrumental in having sent to me several copies of a monthly paper called “New Testament Baptist Witness,” published in Cincinnati, Ohio, and edited by the pastor of the New Testament Baptist Church of that city, Lasserre Bradley, Jr. Along with the copies above referred to I received also a booklet containing five messages on The Doctrines of Grace. These messages in substance.

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In the previous issue we presented various credential forms and offered a few suggestions toward making the one presently in use more complete and, therefore, better. We also pointed out the idea of the credential letter in that it is an official authorization given to certain individuals to represent their consistories or classes at the major ecclesiastical gatherings. 

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Its purpose was not to deny feudal and freewill offerings from the Church. In cases of emergency, the pope would also be ready to grant special subsidies. The document was so offensive that the French bishops begged the pope to recall it altogether, a request he set aside. But to appease Philip, Boniface issued another bull, July 22, 1297, according thereafter to French kings, who had reached the age of 20, the right to judge whether a tribute from the clergy was a case of necessity or not. A month later he canonized Louis IX, a further act of conciliation. 

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David says, “Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”  Solomon writes, “Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”  David seems to rule out all fear whatsoever and to ask us, yea to challenge us, to mention one thing, one person whom he ought to fear. Solomon, however, comes to us with the sound, sanctified advice and instruction to fear God, and presents this as our solemn duty.  Is there conflict here?  Does David disagree with Solomon? 

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In our “Introductory” article, appearing in the former issue of The Standard Bearer, we attempted to give a bird’s eye view of these two chapters under consideration. We did not intend, from the very nature of this discourse of Jesus, to give a complete and comprehensive exposition of the subject matter with which we here deal. We merely wished to sketch for the interested reader in general the picture here given in these prophetical utterances of our Lord. 

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The Declaration of Principles  Also article 15 of the first chapter of the Canons stands opposed to the notion of a general conditional promise as maintained in the First Point of 1924 as this is explained by the leaders of the Christian Reformed Church, and it is also very concretely maintained by those that left us and departed from the Protestant Reformed faith. The latter all preach the false doctrine contained in the statement: “God promises every one of you that, if you believe, you shall be saved.” 

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“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written, Behold, Mine angel shall go before thee.”

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