All Articles For Vol 67 Issue 16 5/15/1991

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Canadian Reformed (“Liberated”) theologian J. DeJong criticized the covenant doctrine of the Protestant Reformed Churches in his letter in the March 15, 1991 issue of the Standard Bearer. Dr. DeJong found fault with the Protestant Reformed teaching on several counts: 1) It maintains presupposed regeneration. 2) It makes election the controlling ground of the covenant. 3) It distinguishes between membership in the covenant and a belonging only to the sphere of the covenant. I need say little here about the “Liberated” charge that the view of the PRC constitutes presupposed regeneration. The “Liberated” choose to ignore the emphatic denial by the...

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A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, by J. I Packer. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1990. 367 pages. Hardcover. $15.95. (Reviewed by the Editor.) Those who like J. I. Packer and those who like the Puritans will like this book. It should sell well. It deserves to. It is a splendid introduction to Puritanism and the leading Puritans. In his characteristically lucid style Packer tells us what Puritanism essentially was and what the Puritans taught and practiced. Packer is an advocate. The opening chapter is, “Why We Need the Puritans.” Almost the closing words of the...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The Middle Ages, from the time of Augustine, bishop of Hippo, to the time of the great Reformation, was a period of spiritual darkness. The Roman Catholic Church ruled supreme in Europe. It is difficult, if not impossible, to find the church during much of this troubled period. It is perhaps to this period, along with others, that our Belgic Confession refers in Article XXVII: And this holy Church is preserved or supported by God, against the rage of the whole world; though she sometimes...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Previous articles have presented some of the principles of missions. First, the work of missions and evangelism is a part of the very essence of the church. It is not .an option, which you can add on to the church if it can be afforded and if it is desirable. Therefore, the true church of Jesus Christ performs missions as an on-going act of obedience to her Lord. Doing her best with the means God has given the church brings the good news of Jesus Christ...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Although the word “scandal” or “scandalize” does not appear in our Authorized Versions, the Greek wordskandalon could well be transliterated. It is sometimes translated “offence” and sometimes “stumbling block.” The Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) uses skandalon for the Hebrew word which means to trap, to hinder, to be the cause of ruin. In the New Testament, Jesus is the great offence and stumbling block; He is always a scandal to natural men. The Jews were offended by this carpenter, this son of Mary, who had wisdom...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Last time our attention in this department was called to The Proper Weeping and Laughing. Now we do well to delve a bit more deeply into that proper laughing. The reason for this is that the child which our gracious God gave to Abraham and Sarah was called Isaac. And that name “Isaac” means “laughter.” We must then also remember and emphasize the fact that our God gave him that name. Abraham and Sarah did not choose that name. Our God told them that his name must be Isaac...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. In our two previous articles we have considered something of the reality and nature of spiritual decline in the life of the child of God, and some of the common causes of such declension. Every sincere child of God will confess to periods of spiritual decline in his life. Though periods of spiritual decline are normal for the Christian they are something that he needs to be very concerned about. Spiritual decline takes place in varying degrees. Some backsliding is far more serious than others. But every...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. This is the substance of a lecture given by Rev. Kamps in Southwest Church on April 18, 1991. It will appear in two installments, in this and the following issue of the SB. Introduction Jesus our Lord confronts you andmewithamostpenetratingquestionirtLuke18: 8: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” This question concerns our activity and the strength of our faith in God and in His Word. Faith, as James teaches us, is a matter of doing the will of God. “Faith...

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The Extent of the Atonement I enjoy Prof. Hanko’s articles on the outstanding figures in the history of the Christian church. I have a question concerning the February 15 issue: It is striking that Gotteschalk, in his defense of his views, not only boldly and courageously defended double predestination (election and reprobation), but also insisted that Christ died on the cross of Calvary only for the elect (p. 235). Wouldn’t this statement be challenged by the last half of John 2:2 in his first general epistle? Barney Sikma New York, NY Response: Thank you for your kind comments on the articles on...

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