All Articles For Vol 39 Issue 06 12/15/1962

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Southwest Church has extended a call to Rev. G. Vanden Berg of Oak Lawn. Rev. J.A. Heys, of South Holland has declined the call which had come to him from our Loveland Church. Rev. B. Woudenberg also has declined the call which be had received from the church in Kalamazoo. The Radio Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour announces that the radio broadcasts sponsored by the Protestant Reformed Churches in America can now be heard over Radio Station W.N.A.X., Yankton, South Dakota (570 on the radio dial). The listening audience residing in several of the Western States, including North and...

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES One of the main characteristics of the believer in this world is that he lives in the expectation of the return of Christ. In many different ways the believer is described in Scripture from this point of view. Sometimes he is called a pilgrim in a foreign country who is passing through a strange land and who lives in the constant and fervent hope of the day when he shall go home. He is called to emulate the saints of old who “died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off,...

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In our last article we called attention to the position of the Christian Reformed Church in regard to Lodge Membership as expressed by Monsma and Van Dellen in their Church Order Commentary. We noted that officially the stand is that lodge membership and church membership are incompatible and therefore, those who join the lodge and refuse to break with it are the proper objects of ecclesiastical censure. We further explained that consistency would demand that the church take the same position with regard to membership in worldly or so-called neutral labor unions. This the Christian Reformed Church does not do because, as has...

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According to this truth and this Word of God, we believe in one only God, who is the one single essence, in which are three persons, really, truly, and eternally distinct, according to their incommunicable properties; namely, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Father is the cause, origin and beginning of all things visible and invisible; the Son is the word, wisdom, and image of the Father; the Holy Ghost is the eternal power and might, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Nevertheless God is not by this distinction divided into three, since the Holy...

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We now continue with our quotation from the Second Helvetic Confession on the subject of the sacraments of the church of Christ. “And as in the old Church the sacraments consisted of the word, the sign and the thing signified; so even at this day they are composed, as it were of the same parts. For the Word of God makes them sacraments, which before were none: for they are consecrated by the Word, and declared to be sanctified by him who first ordained them. To sanctify or consecrate a thing is to dedicate it unto God, and unto holy...

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If one is filled with the love of God and therefore is filled with indignation at the perpetration and defense of sin, what will he do? He might run away from it; and in certain circumstances certainly ought to run away rather than take part in it. The words of Paul in II Corinthians 6:14-18 apply then. Righteousness can have no fellowship with unrighteousness. Light can have no communion with darkness. Christ has no concord with Belial. And faith hath no part with the infidel. The believer is told to come out from among these unbelievers and be a separate people. The...

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In our former essay we noticed that Paul lays down a universal and a binding ordinance for all the servants (slaves) who are under the legal yoke of slavery, and owned by unbelieving masters. They are to do a little accounting; they are to judge them worthy of all honor. Now we would investigate the teaching of Scripture concerning the attitude of the heart and soul of the believing slave toward his believing master. The danger here signaled by Paul is that, due to the new relationship of faith in Christ, constituting both “slave” and “lord” one new man in...

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So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD . . .  And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.  Deuteronomy 34:5, 10 The journey of Moses’ earthly life was all but ended. It had been a long life and eventful, with many strange and different paths to be traveled. But now he had journeyed as far as he could go. Israel, the nation which he loved so dearly and had led so far so tenderly, must...

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They have especially four grounds. In the first place, they appeal to those passages of Holy Writ that command the child of God to walk holily, and to be holy as God is holy. Thus, for instance, they refer to the text in Matthew 5:48, where the Lord says: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Also they appeal to II Cor. 7:1: “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” And once more, they refer...

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The Imminent Appearing of Christ, by J. Barton Payne. Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $3.75. This book I consider a rather thorough study of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in His final advent. After a historical introduction, the author discusses the hope of the appearing of Christ, the imminence of His appearing and antecedents to, His imminent appearing. He weighs and refutes the arguments in favor of pretribulations, the doctrine that Christ will come again before what is called the great tribulation (dispensationalism, the “rapture”). He closes with an outline of the...

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