All Articles For Vol 65 Issue 07 1/1/1989

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. History of Southwest On September 23 of this year, the congregation of our Southwest Church in Grandville, Michigan met to dedicate the sixth building they have used for the worship of our God. Besides worshiping in six different places, Southwest has also had four different names over the years, while the body remained the same. Southwest P.R.C. (Second P.R.C., Roosevelt Park P.R.C.) was first organized as the Roosevelt Park Protesting C.R.C. on July 12, 1926 by sixteen families under the sponsorship of Eastern Avenue Protesting C.R.C. Southwest’s...

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Thomas Manton was a Presbyterian preacher in London, England in the 17th century. His Commentary on Jude was first published in 1658. It richly deserves its fortune of being republished down through the years. Manton has correctly grasped the thrust of Jude: the command to the church to contend for the Christian Faith against those enemies within, whom we would call antinomians but whom Manton calls the “fanatical and libertine party” (p. 14). The error of such church members was that “in the gospel chiefly they abused the doctrine of Christian liberty and free justification by Christ” (p. 152). This makes a...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “A minister, once lawfully called, may not leave the congregation with which he is connected, to accept a call elsewhere, without the consent of the consistory, together with the deacons, and knowledge on the part of the classis; likewise no other church may receive him until he has presented a proper certificate of .dismission from the church and the classis where he served.” Church Order, Article 10. Introduction There are several articles of the Church Order which deal with the calling of a minister. Articles 3 and 4 warn against...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. It was the devil, who had used the mouth of the serpent to tempt Adam and Eve, whom God addressed in what is called the mother promise of Genesis 3:15. Although by implication it is a rich covenant promise of salvation for the elect children of God, it was not addressed to man, although it was spoken in his hearing. Undeniably it was a gracious promise of complete salvation; and for Satan it was no promise but an announcement of coming punishment for him and his followers. Being called the...

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Rev. Hanko is missionary-pastor of the Protestant Reformed Churches, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Whether God has made two or three (or even four) offices in the church is an important question. Nevertheless, too great a concentration on this question may sometimes have diverted our attention from a question of greater importance for our times: Has God given to elders (or ruling elders, as they are called among the Presbyterians) authority to teach? Does teaching belong to their office? Are we to distinguish sharply between the offices of teaching and ruling, pastor and elder? That the elders must teach if the congregation...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “Plaintiffs have failed to persuade us that the duty to prevent suicide (heretofore imposed only on psychiatrists and hospitals). . . should be extended to a nontherapist counselor who offers counseling to a potentially suicidal person on secular or spiritual matters. “  California Supreme Court,  Nally v. Grace Community Church, (Nov. 23, 1988). On April 1, 1979, Kenneth Nally, a 24-year-old seminary student suffering from chronic depression, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. Soon thereafter his parents filed a “clergy malpractice”...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. You will recognize that the above theme is taken from a familiar passage of Scripture found inDeuteronomy 29:29. The whole verse reads as follows: “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” These words are a great statement of Moses, the man of God, spoken by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They were a kind of general conclusion and summary application of...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. We have been examining the question of the origin of homosexuality in the light of a distinction which is often made between a tendency towards this sin and the actual performance of homosexual acts. Many believe that a man is not responsible for his homosexuality because he is born a homosexual and can do nothing about this tendency of his nature. He cannot fight it; he cannot be changed; he is a prisoner of his genes. It is interesting to note (though we do it by way...

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To ask and answer the question, “Whither the Protestant Reformed Churches?” is not, and may never become, a matter of boasting. God’s church goes on her way in history in the humility of her heartfelt conviction that all that she is she owes to God and that her way “was ordered ere (her) days began,” as we sing in Psalm 139. Hers is, and must be, the humility of living, working, and considering her way in the future in dependency upon the grace of God only. Nor may the question, “Whither?” be the occasion for proposing some grandiose program for the...

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•Our readers will be interested in the latest issue (July-October 1988) of Journey magazine, a religious periodical published by Presbyterians in the South. This large (56-page) issue is entitled, “North American Reformed Church Issue,” and is devoted to a description of many of the Reformed and Presbyterian churches in North America, although several Presbyterian churches in Scotland and Ireland are also included. Particularly interesting to many of our readers will be the account of the history, doctrinal position, and general makeup of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the description (presumably by the Editor of Journey) of the Christian Reformed Church. The article on...

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