All Articles For Vol 62 Issue 13 4/1/1986

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Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in South Holland, Illinois on March 5, 6, 1986. Classis met all day on Wednesday, until 11:00 PM, and on Thursday morning, until noon. Ten ministers and fourteen elders, representing the churches in the West, made up this Classis. Rev. K. Koole led in opening devotions, addressing Classis from I Peter 5:1-4: “The elders which are among you I exhort . . . . Feed the flock of God which is among you . . . . ” Rev. D. Kuiper was president of this assembly. Elders P. Boer (South Holland) and M....

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We received the following question: “Please explain to us the meaning of the last part of the Scripture passage which is recorded in II Chronicles 36:16, which states: ‘until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.’ “Are we correct in believing that God’s ‘remedy’ is His everlasting grace and goodness and mercy toward His covenantal people as found in the work of His Son, Jesus our Savior? Surely there must have been, even very small, a remnant among the people during the days of Zedekiah; what happened here? No ‘remedy’? “Or has the Lord...

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Peter Koole is an elder in Hope Prot. Ref. Church, Walker, Michigan. Instant cash! Instant riches! Buy a ticket for only a dollar—rub the surface with a coin—match up the same symbols and/or numbers—and you, too, can be on your way to becoming independently wealthy; in fact, a millionaire. Sounds very inviting, doesn’t it? Have you ever fantasized what you would or could do with a million dollars won with a lottery ticket? The lottery and its likes are surely to be condemned. The same is to be said of Las Vegas with its possible high winnings by playing the...

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Barrett L. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Love is the ingredient required in all church discipline. Church discipline must be loving church discipline. Whether it be discipline of sins that are public, sins known only by the consistory, or sins dealt with on a private basis, all discipline must be done out of true love for the sinner. And that love must be shown to the sinner. Parents who discipline children without a generous portion of love both as their motive and in their administration are in serious error. So the church. Discipline that is not loving...

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Thomas C. Miersma is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In this article it is my intention to depart from the line of thought we have been following to take the time to respond to the correspondence of one of our readers, Mr. Harv Nyhof. The issues raised by his letter are important and worthy of an extended reply, as they deal with the question of what constitutes a meaningful translation. The letter addresses itself to some remarks in my column in the December 15 issue of the Standard Bearer. To see these remarks in their proper...

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James D. Slopsema is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. After setting forth the three principal parts of the doctrine of holy baptism, the Baptism form proceeds to establish the basis for infant baptism. It does so in the following paragraphs. And although our young children do not understand these things, we may not therefore exclude them from baptism, for as they are without their knowledge, partakers of the condemnation in Adam, so are they again received unto grace in Christ; as God speaketh unto Abraham, the father of all the faithful, and therefore unto us and...

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Gise J. Van Baren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. It is always difficult to acknowledge one’s own mortality. With Alice it was no different. There were the things she insisted on having done—which seemed to us to be so very trivial, especially in light of the fact that she could not live long anymore. When the many cards and letters came, Alice insisted (almost to the very end) on saving every canceled stamp. It did not matter that the stamp was of the most common sort—it had to be torn off and saved. Since she...

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Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Feminism and the Bible Feminism has made quite an impact upon the churches, more perhaps than we of the relatively small and isolated Protestant Reformed community are aware. Just how serious this movement is was made clear in a recent article by James R. Edwards in Christianity Today (February 21, 1986). Edwards’ point is that how we refer to God makes a significant difference. Here is what he had to say: Who is she,  neither male nor female,  maker of all things  only glimpsed or hinted, ...

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Herman C. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. As we noticed in our last article on this subject, abortion has become a national crime of unparalleled proportions. The Supreme Court of our country has legalized abortion completely so that it can be performed legally in this country at any time during pregnancy. In a recent mailing by a pro-life group, the following is stated: Is abortion legal throughout nine months of pregnancy? Yes it is. Contrary to popular belief, the 1973 Supreme Court decisions, (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton), ruled...

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This editorial is occasioned especially by two factors. In the first place, this is the time of year when our Theological School Committee issues its annual “Call To Aspirants To The Ministry.” That call was issued already in our March 1 issue. In fact, actually the time to respond (March 20) will be past when this appears in print, although I have no doubt that the Theological School Committee would be overjoyed to hear from a late applicant. In the second place, the time of high school graduations is fast approaching; and this is naturally the time, too, when young...

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