We are in the process of answering the question: in what sense are we called to be specific? To be specific is not the same as being distinctive. It rather implies and presupposes that we are distinctive, that we do occupy a singular position as churches. And it means that in clear, pointed, unambiguous, exact, and antithetical language we give expression to our distinctive Protestant Reformed position.
Rev. den Hartog and I have a similar problem. The letter he sent to First Church started out with the date March 26, 1983. Half-way through the letter he writes, “Well believe it or not it is April 4 and this letter is still lying on my desk.” Here are a few excerpts from this letter found in Across the Aisle, May, 1983. “. . . The session. . . decided last week not to ask for another missionary for Singapore from our churches in the U.S.A. at this time. . . . The session feels that the situation here is...
Classis East met in regular session on May 11, 1983 at Hudsonville. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. Joostens led the classis in opening devotions; Rev. Miersma chaired this session of classis.
PREACHING WITH PURPOSE (A Comprehensive Textbook on Biblical Preaching), Jay E. Adams; Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., Phillipsburg, N.J. 162 pp., $5.95 (paper); reviewed by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema
Article 2 (continued) In Article 2 of the Nicene Creed the early church confessed that Jesus Christ is “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made.”
What is the Scriptural view of alcoholism? How do the Scriptures describe this problem? First of all, there can be no question that the Scriptures teach us that alcoholism is sin. This is basic, both as regards our view of alcoholism itself and our approach to the alcoholic. Surely, what alcoholism IS is going to determine what our approach must be to this problem. To go astray here will have inevitable, bad effects on our approach to alcoholism, and our approach will be less than biblical and really be an approach that does not have the best interests of the...
In the previous article we dealt with the question: upon what system of church government ought mission churches to be established? In that connection we rejected the position of John L. Nevius who contented that the mission church ought to have the form of church government which is dictate by her needs and peculiar circumstances. (Cf. Planting and Development of Missionary Churches, pp. 55ff.). We emphasized that the Reformed or Presbyterian form of church government is based on sound, biblical principles which belong to the eternal truth of God’s Word.
Dear Brethren and Sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: Allow me, as a member of the Palmerston-North Protestant Reformed Fellowship in New Zealand, to show you two pictures made on 17 April 1983, at 4:30 P.M.
As Calvinist and Reformed Christians our lives ought especially to be characterized by true godly humility. Our doctrine teaches us the awfulness of our sin. We do not believe that our sin is merely a matter of a few sinful acts that we do occasionally. Rather we believe that we are totally depraved, wholly incapable of any good in the sight of God and prone to all manner of evil. Such is our natural condition from our very birth. We know that not only are our evil deeds dreadful in the sight of God but our corrupt nature is also...