All Articles For Vol 69 Issue 02 10/15/1992

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Ministerial Calls The Council of the Grandville, MI PRC presented a trio consisting of the Revs. B. Gritters, J. Slopsema, and A. Spriensma to their congregation for consideration and on Sunday evening, September 20, they extended a call to Pastor A. Spriensma to become their next undershepherd. Rev. C. Haak, pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC, declined the call he had been considering to serve our churches as missionary to the Covenant Reformed Fellowship of Larne, Northern Ireland. Congregational Activities With regard to the above item dealing...

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Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 9, 1992 at the Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church. All the churches, with the exception of Norristown which had one delegate, were represented by two delegates. This session was chaired by Rev. Kenneth Koole. The main item of business for this session was the appeal brought by a brother regarding censure. Given the nature of the case, classis dealt with this case in closed session. Two consistories brought requests for increasing censure. These requests were also considered in closed session. Classis approved the request of the South Holland PRC for help...

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. To be righteous is to be right with God. It means that God judges one to be guiltless and worthy of everlasting life and glory. God forgives one’s sins, adopts that person as His own child and makes that person an heir of eternal life. This, in brief, is the plain teaching of Scripture in Galatians 4:4-7. This passage presents the good news that God in the fullness of time sent forth His son, made of a woman and made under the law, to redeem them that were under...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In the modern age in which we live it is perhaps difficult to understand the wonder of that direct access we have to God through Jesus Christ, which was brought again to light by the Reformation. We live in an age where the opposite tendency; to humanize God, to bring Him down to our level, so pervades the church that the remoteness of God and of Christ which dominated the church at the time of the Reformation is almost wholly foreign to our thinking. The church at...

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Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. In days of self-indulgence, in days when hedonism and worldliness saturate the life of the churchlike fat does bacon, one becomes apprehensive about extolling freedom in the use of the things of this world (with the fullness thereof). The need of the hour, it is everywhere apparent, is moderation, self-discipline, restraint, and perhaps even a good dose of self-imposed austerity – sometimes known as fasting (which is not to be confused with dieting). The reformers, Calvin in particular, promoted such. In fact, humanly speaking, if the thousands of...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. “Should I do it? Or should I not?” For a good portion of the Christian life, the Bible does not give direct answer to us whether we should or should not. These things, about which the Bible does not give direct instruction, are called adiaphora. Adiaphora means, literally, “the things indifferent.” The concept is important – as important as your salvation. The word ought to be known by us. Thus, I included it in the title of the article. Please learn it: adiaphora. The things indifferent. In...

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Rev. Spriensma is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. What is your attitude toward death? What should be the Christian’s attitude toward death? Is your attitude that of fear, or of hope? The way you answer will reflect how much your thinking is affected by the great Reformation. Fear or Hope! Concerning death the apostle Paul writes in I Thessalonians 4:13ff., “But I would not have you be ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” The nature of death and the future state is such that they...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The Reformation was the great work of God which delivered the church from the slavery and tyranny of Roman Catholicism. The tyranny of Rome extended to every part of the Christian’s life, including the Christian’s place in the church of Jesus Christ. This article purposes to take a look at the freedom which the Reformation gave to God’s people as members of the church of Christ in her institutional form. Luther’s Groundwork Already in 1520, just a bare three years after he nailed his theses...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Granville, Michigan. The Christian man understands well that true freedom is freedom from one’s own depraved reasoning. One is free when he is governed by Christ Jesus through the Word of God. God in Christ makes a man free from the prejudices found in the hearts of depraved men and from the deceptions of his own heart. Freedom is itself the gift of God’s grace in Christ. The freedom we are considering is therefore religious freedom. Free to obey God alone. We have but one Master. This is not contradictory....

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The goal of the 16th century Reformation was the freedom of the church. This stood in the nature of the case. The Reformation was the work of the Spirit of Christ to restore the gospel to the church and, thus, to form the church anew by the gospel. And the gospel sets men and women free. Jesus Christ sets men and women free. He is the true “Liberator.” He said about Himself, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Christ makes men and women free by the preaching of the gospel (Luke...

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