All Articles For Vol 49 Issue 06 12/15/1972

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PREACHING YESTERDAY AND TODAY; Carey Publications Ltd., 5 Fairford Close, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH 16 3EF, 1972; 45p, 88pp. (paper). [reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko]  The material of this book contains several of the papers delivered at the first Evangelical and Reformed Conference in South Africa in April, 1971. The Conference dealt with the calling of the Church to preach the gospel. 

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The gospel proclaims the perseverance of the saints. Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:27-30). Jesus gives eternal life to every one of His sheep, and not one of those saints shall ever perish.

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This article is meant especially for the young man who asked last summer for help in choosing worthwhile books for his bookshelf. Here was a person who had not been overly conscientious in his studies as a youth, nor had he spent much time with books. Now as a husband, father, and office-bearer he felt the need for reading of literature that would provide growth in these various functions, that he might be a workman approved of God. His approach is correct. It is not too much to hope that there are many others who understand this. 

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Its Resistance  Another objection to the truth of predestination is that it precludes the use of God-ordained means. The objection arises from a wrong inference, inferring that predestination means that something is bound to happen entirely apart from any means. Some, then, think that there are people who will be saved although remaining utterly ignorant of the gospel, never see a Bible, never hear a preacher of the Word, nor ever hear the name of Christ.

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Why did it have to happen?  Many a parent has asked that question, if not audibly, then in his soul, “Why did it have to happen to my child?”  And try once to imagine the grief, and the deep despair that would have filled the souls of Adam and Eve, were it not for the grace of God, to learn not only of the murder of their second son by the firstborn, but also of his thoroughly ungodly attitude, utter contempt for all the things of God, and complete separation from the sphere of the church of that day! 

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A Continuing Presbyterian Church  We have reported in this column from time to time developments in the Southern Presbyterian Church in which, while the denomination as a whole continues on its increasingly liberal course, conservatives make preparations to preserve a denomination which is loyal to the Westminster Confessions. These matters have also been discussed in the columns of the Standard Bearer by John Richard De Witt, a minister in that denomination. 

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IT ISN’T THAT WE DON’T TRY. But our plans and instructions are not always carried out by our typesetting service, Photo Composition; and this can be very frustrating for the one who gives the instructions. Please turn to your last Standard Bearer, and write, Volume XLIX, Number 5, December 1, 1972″ in the lower right-hand corner of the cover. Our apologies, too, to Rev. Kortering for the “goof” in his department. There could at least have been a colon between “Article 14” and “Pre-Adamite Man?”

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