All Articles For Vol 75 Issue 08 1/15/1999

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Denomination Activities Each January my foreman at work reminds me that now is the time to make vacation plans for the coming year. Summer seems so far away, yet I know it will be here before too long. The same can be said about our churches’ up-coming 75th anniversary celebration scheduled for June 19-23, 2000. Now it seems like a long way off, but before we know it, and probably before all the committees working on it would like, that celebration will be here. Now is not...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. I think I see Jesus now. He is with the disciples launching out into a sea. It is the sea Gethsemane. Some see olive trees, and maybe a press to make oil of olives. But all i see is sea. And something pressing the perfect fruit of a virgin womb. Something pressing Jesus, Captain of the skiff. So much so, that something will soon come out of Him…. No apparent reason, at first. For, as the writers, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, record, when the boat first launches, and...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. What makes Christian education to be what it is and to have the great value that it does? The great strength of Reformed, Christian education lies in its distinctive character. In addition to what has already been pointed out in the first segment, we note five main characteristics of Christian education. Scripture and the confessions First of all, Christian education is based on Scripture and the Reformed confessions. There is a movement among Christian schools away from this. It is the movement known as the AACS,...

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Martin Swart was an elder for many years in the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, MI. This article was originally an essay that Mr. Swart presented to the Men’s Society of First Church. Another consideration in this matter of the proper relation of the deacons to the consistory is the seeming difference between Article 30 of the Netherland Confession and the Church Order. The Confession definitely includes the deacons in the consistory, while the Church Order seems to exclude them. This raises the question: if there really is conflict between the Confession and the Church Order, which of...

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. The Authorized King James Bible—Introduced by…the devil?? Well, not quite. Obviously, however, Satan himself is behind the deception. In his attempt to remove the Word from the hands of the child of God, he seeks to create doubt and question about that Word. He has done so by the introduction of a multitude of translations and paraphrases of the Bible. Now, he has made an additional attempt to make of the Word a laughing-stock among the people—and hopefully with the Christian. Business Week, November 23, 1998, reports: The...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. In the previous article we examined the prevalent view that we are not to pass judgment on the ideas and practices of others but are to tolerate and approve their ideas and practices. That this view is present even in the church is due to the fact that the church has lost her consciousness of God’s holiness. We evaluated this view as dangerous, godless, and unscriptural. In this article we will examine the Scripture passages which are pertinent to the issue, in order to understand that God...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. Buying missions is a common practice in the church world today. It is done by local congregations as well as by individuals. One simply shops the smorgasbord of available opportunities, makes a decision, and forks over the money. In such a process the conscience is soothed and one’s holy obligation to do mission work is satisfied. Little attention is paid to the consequences. The mission field suffers desperately, and Christ’s name is often blasphemed in the process. We must be sure we are not guilty of buying missions. The Temptation to...

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Birth Control Allow me some comments on the prohibition of birth control mentioned by Rev. Dale Kuiper in his article on “arrows” in the October 1, 1998 Standard Bearer which I believe reflects the teaching of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Of course abortion is sin and murder because God speaks of people in the womb. Of course the issues of life and death ultimately belong to God. But is outlawing birth control not akin to despising modern medicine and every other advancement of human discovery? Parents of children denied medical attention are rightly prosecuted. Muslims in Pakistan where maternal mortality...

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One other element of the papal bull, “The Mystery of the Incarnation,” referred to above demands comment. This is the suggested repentance on the part of Rome for past sins, particularly her tortures and murders of “heretics” by the Inquisition. The newspapers have been reporting the possibility that the pope will confess this and others of Rome’s past sins. For some reason it is significant that this confession will coincide with the year 2000. No doubt, when (as will be supposed) the pope does this, the world will be impressed by the humility of the pope and his church. Very...

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In the last half-dozen or ten years, leading evangelicals, including J. I. Packer and Charles Colson, have been cooperating with prominent Roman Catholics, including Avery Dulles and Richard John Neuhaus, to unite evangelicals and Roman Catholics. They call the project “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” (ECT). The document that announced the movement of union, and described it, was published in March, 1994 as “Evangelicals & Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium.” The stated purpose of the union-movement is threefold: “co-belligerency” in a war against the depraving of Western culture; cooperation in evangelism; and the uniting of the church....

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