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Vol 73 Issue 15

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Book Reviews

Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church, by Gary North. Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1996. Pp. li-1023, plus indexes of texts and subjects. $34.95 (hardcover). (Reviewed by the editor) The book is a blockbuster, big and explosive. It is the study—a history—of the apostast of the Northern Presbyterian Church that culminated in the deposition of J. Gresham Machen in 1936. At that time, Machen founded what is now the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Earlier he had started Westminster Theological Seminary. The Northern Church is known today as the Presbyterian Church in the USA (PCUSA). This is the...

Chapter 6: The Fall of Our First Parents. Appendix: Adam and the Race (2)

The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. All Sinners Through One Man The question is: what is the explanation of this astounding and awesome fact of universal death? How is the universal reign of death even before and apart from any actual and conscious transgression of the law to be explained? To understand this question and its solution, we must remember another significant fact. Death is punishment. Death is not natural. It is not the inevitable and necessary end of all life, the normal termination of a normal process. According to...

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God and Its Righteousness

Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. “But seek ye first, the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 This is the great command of our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount. The meaning is not that we must seek the kingdom first and then afterwards can seek a number of worldly things, such as riches and glory and the pleasures of this world. Rather, the meaning of this exhortation is that we must seek the kingdom always, in all things, as the principal...

How Then Can We Be Saved?

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Scripture teaches that the natural man is in an absolutely hopeless state and condition. We are members of a corrupt race in which we are conceived and born in sin, and are wholly incapable of doing any good and inclined to all wickedness. We are guilty before God. Our natures are corrupt. Our sins continue to accumulate an immeasurable mountain of debt before God. Furthermore, our sin is not a minor fault, but an attack upon the holiness and righteousness of the God with whom we have to...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Proetant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Salvation Throught Christ Alone? The United Reformed News Service reports that by a margin of 23 to 22 (a 2/3 affirmative vote was required), the Reformed Church’s classes has rejected a church order amendment that would have required all ministers and churches throughout the denomination to reaffirm annually that salvation is through Christ alone. “This indicates a real split on a very fundamental issue,” said Rev. Patrick Shetler of First Reformed Church in Grant, who drafted the amendment in response to the conflict over Rev. Richard Rhem, pastor...

George Martin Ophoff:Humble Servant of the Truth (1)

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction Apart from my parents, two men had the most influence on my life: my two professors in seminary. The one was Rev. Herman Hoeksema; the other was Prof. George M. Ophoff. From Rev. Hoeksema I learned Reformed Dogmatics and how to exegete the New Testament; from Prof. Ophoff I learned the history of the church of Christ and how to exegete the Old Testament. They determined the nature of my ministry in the church of Christ. The seminary was meeting for most of the...

Letters

Movies: Where Do We Stand? After reading “The Reformed Family: Teachers,” (Standard Bearer, 9/15/96) and the subsequent letters, I would like to make a few comments. My concern is centered primarily in the paragraph that relates Miss Reitsma showing her history class a secular movie with bedroom scenes supposedly involving a husband and wife. Allow me to quote Herman Hoeksema as related by Gertrude Hoeksema in her biography of him, Therefore Have I Spoken, pages 183-185. Mrs. Hoeksema takes this – quote of Herman Hoeksema from the Standard Bearer, vol. III, pages 318-320. The article is entitled, “A Compromise on...

Free-Willism: Another Gospel

There is one gospel. This gospel is the message of salvation in Jesus Christ by grace alone. “Grace alone” means that God saves sinners. God saves sinners according to His own attitude of favor (grace) toward those sinners whom He saves. God saves sinners by His own quickening power (grace) in the hearts of those whom He wills to save. “Grace alone” means that grace is without supplement, condition, or assistance. “Grace alone” means that the salvation of sinners does not depend on, is not due to, and is not accomplished by the worth, will, or work of those sinners....

The Revelation of the Righteous Judgment of God

Herman Hoeksema was the first editor of the Standard Bearer. Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath. Romans 2:6-8 The apostle is still addressing man. He is still addressing the man to whom he had spoken in verse 1. No longer is he addressing the Gentiles. Nor is he exclusively addressing the Jews. But he is addressing man—any man, man in general,...

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