All Articles For Vol 43 Issue 16 5/15/1967

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CONFESSIONAL CHANGE AMONG PRESBYTERIANS  The new “Confession of 1967” has been adopted by more than two-thirds of the presbyteries of the United Presbyterian Church USA. This was necessary in order for the Confession to come before the General Assembly for a final vote of approval. This final vote will take place at the General Assembly Meeting May 16-24, and needs only a simple majority to pass. 

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Writing of the doctrine of sin during the early period of the Christian Church in the New Dispensation, and specifically on this doctrine of sin in general, we concluded our preceding article with a quotation from Clement of Alexandria. We now continue with this in this present article.  Justin Martyr ascribes the origin of evil to the sensuous nature, as in his first Apology, chapter 10, “How God is to be served,”

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“Therefore, in the first place, the office of elders is, together with the ministers of the Word, to take the oversight of the Church, which is committed to them, and diligently to look, whether everyone properly deports himself in his confession and conversation; to admonish those who behave themselves disorderly, and to prevent, as much as possible, the sacraments from being profaned; also to act (according to the Christian discipline) against the impenitent, and to receive the penitent again into the bosom of the Church, as doth not only appear from the above mentioned saying of Christ,

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In the Church of Jesus Christ here below fornication, when it is found, is usually found among the youth rather than among the adults.  Adultery, as we have seen, is practiced by the ‘married and is the introduction of the third party, which is a foreign element, between those who before God are one flesh. But fornication is the same sin as it is practiced by two who before God are not one flesh but take the liberties of being one flesh. Fornication is using the powers and members of the body, which God has given that we may serve...

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What we have been maintaining, according to Scripture, is that God has but one people in all dispensations, and that therefore, O. and N.T. saints are identified by the same name. This is borne out in the following. “One shall say, ‘I am the Lord’s’; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob, and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” (Isa.

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THE BACKWARD GLANCE IN THE TEXT (vs. 1) In the first two Chapters of this letter the writer had laid down the solid basis for the entire argument and for all the exhortations which follow in this letter. He had pointed out the greatness of the Son of God, his exaltedness over all creatures in heaven and on earth through the suffering of death. He is appointed of God as the one who will destroy him who had the grip of death upon all the sons, the brethren who must be led to glory. He is made like unto us...

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