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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Book Reviews

The Thousand Generation Covenant: Dutch Reformed Covenant Theology and Group Identity in Colonial South Africa, 16521814, by Jonathan Neil Gerstner. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1991. 280 pages. Hardcover. 135 gulden (about $70). (Reviewed by the Editor.) It is the contention of Reformed theologian Dr. Jonathan Gerstner that an erroneous doctrine of the covenant on the part of many early Dutch Reformed theologians contributed significantly to the “heresy” of apartheid in South Africa. This erroneous covenant doctrine is the belief and teaching that the inclusion of the children of believers in the covenant, which is the basis of infant...

Diaconal Cooperation

Rev. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. In the places where others are devoting themselves to the care of the poor, the deacons shall seek a mutual understanding with them to the end that the alms may all the better be distributed among those who have the greatest need. Moreover, they shall make it possible for the poor to make use of institutions of mercy, and to that end they shall request the board of directors of such institutions to keep in close touch with them. It is also desirable that the diaconates assist and...

Made to be Christ’s Royal Bride

Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. After he offered up Isaac, and was taught by our God that He would provide a sacrifice for our sins, Abraham, assured that in Isaac his seed would be called, did all in his power to get a believing wife for his son Isaac. Abraham was nearing the day of his death, and Sarah his wife and. mother of Isaac had died many years before. By God’s grace Abraham wanted to help Isaac get a believing wife. He sent his faithful servant to the place from which he, Abraham,...

The Majesty of God (2)

Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty. Isaiah 2:10

Lesson VI: “His Name Shall Endure Forever”

Rev. Haak is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. The book of Ruth begins with a sad picture of famine and sin, of death and a door closed on begetting covenant seed. But what a bright and beautiful picture it is with which the book closes. Boaz takes Ruth to be his wife, and she bears a son. And beyond this, God unfolds His purpose to continue the line of Christ. The beauty of the book of Ruth, along with all the Bible, is the salvation which God gives us in Christ, who was born in that...

Church Membership in an Evil Age (4)

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Our Belgic Confession, on the basis of Scripture, calls everyone to join himself or herself to the true church. But when I say that only a true church is a proper body to join, that statement does not in itself clarify the matter of church membership. It is not as easy as saying this one church is true and all others are false. What an enormous entity is the church-world today! What a bewildering array of denominations and congregations! And in the face of that baffling diversity and...

All Around Us

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Synods and General Assemblies Summer, especially the month of June, is the time when the General Synods and Assemblies of the various churches all around us meet. As has been our custom we devote this issue’s column to a report on some of these. We will begin with brief reports on some of the larger, mainline, liberal denominations and proceed to bring it closer to home by reporting on some of the smaller, Reformed and Presbyterian denominations. The United Church of Christ (UCC) At its General Synod the...

Letters

A Shift in Protestant Reformed Thinking I am writing about the editorial, “The Binding Decisions of a Reformed Synod” (the Standard Bearer, June 1, 1991). I have an article from an issue of the SB in 1946. It is about Reformed church polity. Are your editorial and this article in full agreement? Or has there been a shift in PR thinking on the matter? Arie van Zoest Gore, New Zealand Response: I suppose that the article referred to appeared in the September 15, 1946 issue of the SB under the title, “The Fundamental Principles of Reformed Church Polity” (Volume 22, pp. 514-517). There is...

An “Election Theology” of Covenant (6)

An “election theology” of covenant demands a distinction between being in living covenant fellowship with God by covenant grace and merely being in the sphere of the covenant by natural birth. Believers and their genuine children, the elect children of promise, are included in the covenant of grace. Hypocrites and the children of the flesh are not in the covenant in the same way. Dr. DeJong as a faithful defender of “Liberated” covenant theology is extremely critical of this distinction:

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