All Articles For Vol 43 Issue 05 12/1/1966

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WHAT ABOUT TONGUE SPEAKING? by Anthony A. Hoekema. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1966; 161 pp., $3.50.  This book, by the professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Seminary, is an interesting book and an excellent treatment of the problem of glossolalia as found especially among various Pentacostal Churches. In connection with a brief treatment of the history of glossolalia, some mention is made of the neo-glossolalia movement, i.e., the spread of tongue-speaking into the established churches including the Reformed Churches. 

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“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by (his) a Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds (ages); Who being the brightness of (his) glory, and the express image of his person (being) and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as...

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Children, I have a few words for you.  Teen-age young people, there is that which you must consider.  Young men and young women living under father’s and/or mother’s roof, you must remember a Scriptural principle.  Fathers and mothers, yea even grandfathers and grandmothers who might still have a parent living in this vale of tears, you still are bound to a divine precept. 

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It is evident, I think, that the subject of missions revolves around the preaching of the gospel. There are those, even in our day, who deny this. But these denials come from liberal circles. And, although we shall turn to this in some future article, the Lord willing, it seems that this is sufficiently agreed upon by more of those interested in our subject to assume its truth for the present. It is therefore, to the general importance of the preaching of the gospel that we turn first of all in this series of articles. 

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At its last meeting at Dallas, Texas on May 2-5, 1966, the eight churches engaged in the Consultation on Church Union adopted a document entitled, “Principles of Church Union.” This document was to be distributed within participating denominations for study and comment. Copies of these “Principles” are available at 25¢ a copy, and can be obtained from the Forward Movement Publications, 412 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. I intend to quote from this document in the present article.

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From the Men’s Society of Hope Church, Grand Rapids, I received several questions which deal with Israel’s place in the plagues which the Lord sent upon Egypt. I will quote the questions from the secretary’s letter:  “The following are questions in dispute. Did Israel suffer the first three plagues in the same way as the Egyptians? Or, did Israel suffer them as chastisement in order to make them humble? If they did not suffer them at all (as some of our Society believe), why doesn’t Scripture tell us as it does in the following seven plagues?”

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The religious and doctrinal outlook of this now beyond middle age twentieth century is not that of Calvinism or that of the Reformed Faith. It is rather that of an inclusivistic or syncretistic and non-doctrinal religion. The movement of this religion is not in the direction of “revival,” as is widely claimed, nor in that of Reformation, but toward a united world (ly) church. The trend is away from the old Protestant Reformation and its biblical principles which led men from the false church to the perfect doctrine of salvation.

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One area of the “home front” that demands our continuing and persistent attention is that of the education of our covenant children; and by this I mean the Protestant Reformed education of Protestant Reformed children.  In that area of education, an increasingly crucial specific area is that of the secondary, or high school, education of our adolescent children — increasingly crucial as their present education becomes increasingly unsatisfactory. 

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