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Vol 79 Issue 01

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Conscience

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The word conscience is found twenty-nine times in holy Scripture, all occurrences in the New Testament, once in the plural, and mostly by the apostle Paul. Even as the English word is a compound, so is the Greek; it’s made up of two smaller words, one meaning jointly, together, with others, or in fellowship, and the other meaning to know, to understand, to perceive. Hence the word has the meaning of joint knowledge, to know together. The question is: Who are they that are involved in this...

News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Young Adult Activities With the fall society schedule in our churches now in full swing, we thought we would include some information about a Post-High Group that meets the last Sunday of every month at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. This group continues to enjoy gathering for fellowship and topical discussions led by one of the area ministers or professors. In addition, this past summer this group had the added pleasure of meeting together for a camping outing at the home of Dean and Donna Wassink, members...

Report of Classis West

September 4, 2002 at Edgerton, Minnesota The September 2002 meeting of Classis West was held in Edgerton Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota on Wednesday, September 4. Rev. Steven Key chaired the meeting. Classis was preceded by an officebearers’ conference held on Tuesday, September 3. The topic of the conference was “Justification by Faith Alone: Was Luther Mistaken, or Has Protestantism Despised Her Birthright?” Rev. Carl Haak gave the keynote address on “The Need for the Recovery of the Biblical Gospel.” Sectionals followed on related topics, with papers being presented by Rev. R. Hanko, Rev. M. VanderWal, Rev. Douglas Kuiper,...

The Election and Installation of Deacons (3): The Council’s Supervision

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. In our last article on the subject of the election and installation of deacons, we developed the biblical and confessional principle that the members of the congregation, holding the office of all believers, must be involved in this process. In this article we explain in more detail the role of the council—the currently serving pastors, elders, and deacons of the congregation. We have noted that a basic principle of Scripture and the Church Order is that the council must supervise the calling and election process. Acts 6:3, Acts 14:23, and Titus...

Western Ideas (3): Marxism

Mr. Kalsbeek is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. I Chronicles 12:32

Philip Melanchthon and Synergism (2)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction Melanchthon was Luther’s co-reformer. They worked together during the violent years of the early Reformation. They respected each other, loved each other, labored together in harmony, and complemented each other. It is fair to say that each needed the other, and that the Reformation would not have been what it was without the one or the other. Schaff defines their relationship and how they complemented each other in eloquent terms. [Luther] differed from Me-lanchthon as the wild mountain torrent differs from the quiet...

Letter from the Seminary

Protestant Reformed Seminary 4949 Ivanrest Avenue Grandville, Michigan 49418 With gratitude to God, the seminary began the new year of instruction on August 26, 2002 with orientation, chapel, and the traditional disbursing of assignments. On Friday evening of the first week, students, faculty, and staff with their families gathered for a picnic and enjoyed good fun and fellowship. The annual seminary convocation, held in Grandville PRC on September 4, set the appropriate tone for the work of the seminary. In his convocation speech, Professor Engelsma demonstrated the fundamentally important task of maintaining, defending, and developing the unconditional covenant of grace,...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Concerning Hell The subject of hell has been gaining some attention in recent months—especially because there are increasing numbers of churches who deny its existence or ignore it altogether. Newsweek magazine, August 12, 2002, has a cover feature on “Visions of Heaven,” showing that views of heaven serve to inspire as well as inflame Jews, Christians, and Muslims. There is a follow-up article on hell, written by Kenneth L. Woodward. There are some interesting comments on common views of our day: The most famous sermon in American history was...

Letters

No Persecution in Belgium In the May 1, 2002 issue of the Standard Bearer, I found the article of Rev. Kenneth Koole about an incident in Belgium interesting. I have written to friends in the Netherlands and Belgium about this and so I collected more information, more facts, about this overdone case. Allow me to give some footnotes: 1) The Assemblies of God are not a Church, even when they give themselves that name. It is a sect, a cult, related to the Pentecostal Movement. 2) A cult is a ‘fenomenology’ which had its origin in heathen Babel. In the...

“He Shines in All That’s Fair” (and Curses All That’s Foul) (9)

The preceding editorial contended that the explanation of the continuing existence of creation after the fall is the providence of God. Providence also accounts for the splendid natural gifts of totally depraved men and women. Fallen men and women remain human, and to their humanity belong some remains of the excellent gifts with which God endowed man at creation. Those who attribute the existence of the world and the natural abilities and accomplishments of the fallen race to a common grace of God confuse grace and providence. Providence, which is an aspect of God’s great work of creation (providence is...

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