All Articles For Vol 75 Issue 10 2/15/1999

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mission Activities Our readers may remember that, back in the summer of 1997, questions arose concerning our churches’ possible work in Ghana. At that time our Foreign Mission Committee learned that the Ghanaian government had changed their procedure for the immigration of our missionary to Ghana. Because of these changes, and the many implications of them for our work, it was necessary for the FMC to investigate whether there was a biblical and ethical way for us to send a missionary to Ghana without compromising the truth...

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January 13, 1999 Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 13, 1999 in the Byron Center PRC. Rev. Barry Gritters was the chairman for this session. Each church was represented by two delegates. This was a lengthy session of classis. Classis had several issues on its agenda that warranted considerable discussion. First, Rev. R. Flikkema appealed the decision of Covenant PRC not to transfer his ministerial credentials to his home church, the Faith PRC. Classis considered this matter to be illegally before it on the ground that this matter was not finished in...

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Ready To Give an Answer: A Catechism of Reformed Distinctives, by Herman Hoeksema and Herman Hanko. Grandville Michigan: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1997. 238 pages. $24.95 (hardcover). [Reviewed by Rev. Arie denHartog.] We commend the Reformed Free Publishing Association for the publication of this book and thank Prof. Herman Hanko for his contribution to this work. The largest part of the book is a reprint of materials found in a long out-of-print book by Rev. Hoeksema, titled The Protestant Reformed Churches in America. This part of the book presents the doctrinal issues of the common grace controversy, which in the...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is Lord over all. But we confess that He is Lord over us, His redeemed people, in a particular sense. We must understand how that lordship was established and what it means for us. Determined by God Before the foundation of the world God had determined to reveal His lordship and to be known and acknowledged as the only Lord. He would do so in Christ Jesus. From eternity God had determined to reveal His own covenant life, the life...

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. We concluded our last article by discussing the question of the relationship between the parishioner’s sickness and his sin. We noted that there are instances where the connection between the sickness and the sin must be pointed out. The drunkard who suffers from cirrhosis of the liver needs to know that his sickness is the result of his sinful, excessive drinking. In other instances, where the relationship between the illness and sin is not clear, we advised the elders to leave the whole matter to the parishioner and...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The first article in this series initiated an endeavor by this writer to uncover and review the background for the development of the Protestant Reformed Christian Schools. (Cf. Standard Bearer, November 15, 1998.) During the first twenty-five years of the existence of the Protestant Reformed Churches, most of the parents in the PRC enrolled their children in schools which had been established primarily by parents who were members of the Christian Reformed Church. When I began school in the 1930s, my PR friends and I attended...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. In examining various Scripture passages which speak of judging, we concluded in the last article that God hates hypocritical judging, but loves righteous judgment on the part of His children. In other words, it is the Christian’s duty to judge. To a positive explanation of this duty we now turn. What is judging? Judging involves two main factors. First, it involves a pronouncement concerning whether something is right or wrong. It is to be critical. In fact, the noun “judge” in the New Testament of our King...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. And Jesus answered and said unto them: Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:4, 5 As they were leaving the holy city Jesus’ disciples were deeply disturbed by the Lord’s powerful indictment upon Jerusalem and its inhabitants, since He had declared in no uncertain terms that Jerusalem would be destroyed and Israel as a nation would cease to exist. Likely they were discussing all these things among themselves, for when they reached...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Three things abound in this present world; yea, four things abound. The sins of the ungodly. The wrath of God. The grace of God. And the good works of the righteous. The Hebrew and the Greek word both express abundance in quantity or excellence in quality. It is used in the declarative, comparative, and superlative degrees. Sometimes the word is translated abundance, abundant, or abundantly. Just as before the flood “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his...

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A reader has asked about “preterism.” The question is occasioned by the series of editorials defending (Reformed) amillennialism (Standard Bearer, Jan. 15, 1995 – Dec. 15, 1996). The subject is worthy of editorial treatment. The question and my response follow. Question I have read your articles on amillennialism and have learned much. I have some dealings with people who hold to a postmillennial view. Lately, some people have come to our church who hold to a preterist view. Do you know much about this view? Do you know what good books or articles I could read? They deny the second...

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