...

Vol 72 Issue 17

Results 1 to 8 of 8

News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities From the Evangelism Society of our Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI we learn that, together, our PR churches have well over 200 different pamphlets available to them. And the material in them continues to be requested by people who are looking for answers to questions about God, doctrine, the PR churches, and life in general. But how many of these pamphlets have we, that is, members of PR church, actually read? Southeast’s Evangelism Committee wants to encourage their congregation to utilize this valuable and...

Court Rejects Layman Taxpayer’s Claim for Religious Exemption from Self-employment Social Security Taxes

Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. Droz does not belong to any religious organization that provides for its dependent members. Thus, permitting him to get out of the Social Security system would not only threaten the integrity of the system, but would threaten Congress’s goal of ensuring that persons who opt out are provided for and will not burden the public welfare system. Droz v. Commissioner of I.R.S., 48 F.3d 1120, 1123 (9th Cir. 1995) Taxpayers who earn self-employment income must pay a self-employment tax into the Social Security system. The Internal...

Trying the Spirits (2)

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. We are considering the general theme of I John 4:1. It is our calling to be discerning Christians. Discernment is a calling that is critically important for all of us. We are constantly confronted with false teachings and practices that are contrary to the standard of God’s Holy Word. And error in either doctrine or life is destruction of our fellowship with God. So we are called to “try the spirits.” What Are These “Spirits”? It is a common interpretation of I John 4:1 that the term “spirits”...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Down the Slippery Slope A word of appreciation: A number of readers kindly send information which they think helpful and useful for this column. That is deeply appreciated. Please continue to do so. If the articles are not always used, it is not because they are considered unimportant or irrelevant. It is rather a matter of choosing and selecting what appears to this writer to be of greatest interest. Two of our western Michigan readers sent an article which appeared in the Holland Sentinel recently in response to...

Letters

John Gill: Hyper-Calvinist? No! My publisher kindly sent me a copy of your recent review of John Gill and the Cause of God and Truth (Standard Bearer, April 15, 1996, “John Gill: Hyper-Calvinist?”). It was a most encouraging surprise to find a magazine of such good reputation and testimony taking interest in my work and welcoming a sympathetic account of this much maligned man’s life and works. So successful has been the criticisms of Hyper-Fullerites and free-will preachers against Gill that much of their argumentation has been absorbed by those who otherwise hold to the doctrines of grace, showing that...

“Liberating” the Covenant from Election

In the context of vigorous controversy within Reformed churches over the covenant of God with the children of believers, Dr. J. Van Genderen defends that covenant conception which refuses to allow election to “dominate” the covenant. Dr. Van Genderen, Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken (Christian Reformed Churches) professor at Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, holds that God establishes His covenant by promise equally with all physical children of believers. He addresses the promise at baptism alike to all: “I will be your God, and you will be my child.” The promise, however, is conditional, depending for its fulfillment upon the faith of the child....

A Weighty Agenda

Such is the agenda of the synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) that convenes at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, Michigan on June 11, 1996. Not in size. The published agenda, already sent out to all the officebearers in the PRC, is only 120 pages. But in significance of the matters pertaining to the churches in common and of the proposals made by the denominational committees that must be dealt with by synod. A graduating senior seminarian, Mr. Richard Smit, is to be examined before synod with a view to entering the ministry in the PRC. Another seminary student...

The Sure Foundation of God*

Herman Hoeksema was the first editor of the Standard Bearer. * Pre-synodical sermon preached by Herman Hoeksema on June 5, 1951. The synod of 1951 was to adopt the “Declaration of Principles.” I have edited the text that appears in the “Acts of Synod, Protestant Reformed Churches of America, 1951,” pp. 7-19. —Ed. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” II Timothy 2:19 This is usually, according to the context, understood as a word of comfort. A...

6/1/1996