All Articles For Vol 80 Issue 21 9/15/2004

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Who Is to Blame for the Scandal of Rome’s Priests (OR: What Else Would One Expect?) In the wake of Rome’s sex-abuse scandal the U.S. conference of Catholic bishops undertook an in­vestigation into the allegations against its priests and the irrespon­sible response of its Bishops. The results have recently been pub­lished. According to the study, the bishops concluded that 4,392 priests allegedly have abused more than 10,000 victims over a 50-year time span. [You may be sure this is the most favorable estimation (and spin) possible.] What is noteworthy is that the study was honest enough to ac­knowledge that the...

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Reformed believers officially confess to believe the apos­tolicity of the church. The Nicene Creed is one of our official creeds, and in this creed we con­fess to believe “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” Thus it is very important that we understand the meaning of the church’s apos­tolicity, so that we may confess this truth with understanding from the heart. When considering the aposto­licity of the church we once again make a distinction between the church as the universal body of the elect and the church as an institute upon this earth. First of all, it is the church as...

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For the past sixteen years, it has been my responsibility, but also my privilege, to serve the members of the Protes­tant Reformed Churches as editor of the Standard Bearer. In some small way, I may hope, a much wider audience has benefited. Nearly half the present subscrip­tions to the magazine go outside the Protestant Reformed Churches. Responses, public and private, have indicated appreciation, as well as vigorous opposition, from without. Although the Standard Bearer exists primarily for the building up of the members of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the truth, it is also a voice, sometimes friendly, at other...

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The one who gives assur­ance to the believing child of God, we saw last time, is the Spirit of Christ. There is nothing surprising about this, since He is the one who gives certainty about everything. The Spirit gives the church cer­tainty that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We believe “with­out any doubt all things contained in them [the sixty-six books of the Bible], not so much because the church receives and approves them as such, but more especially be­cause the Holy Ghost witnesses in our hearts that they are from God” (Belgic Confession, Art. 5). The...

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities This past month members of the Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC were able to host a booth at the Alto Fair. Pamphlets, books, and tapes were made available to fair goers in an effort to make them more aware of the Reformed distinctives and Randolph PRC. Related to that effort, in August Randolph will also be starting a series of community mailings this fall, intending to mail about three a year. This was intended to be yet another way in which members of...

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Praying Together for True Revival, by Jonathan Edwards. Ed. T. M. Moore. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 2004. Pp. xvii + 204. $11.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] In connection with the 300th anniversary of Edwards’ birth in 1703, a number of works by and about Jonathan Edwards are appearing. Praying Together is one of Edwards’ own works under a new title. The original title was, in shortened form, An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, Pursuant to...

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The Presbyterian Doctrine of Children in the Covenant: An Historical Study of the Significance of Infant Baptism in the Presbyterian Church, by Lewis Bevens Schenck. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R, 2003. Pp. xvii + 188. $15.99 (paper). Infant Salvation in the Covenant The message of this reprint of a work first published in 1940 is precious. It is traditional, confessional Presbyterian (Reformed) doctrine that infant baptism means the infant salvation of the elect children of godly parents. Parents and the church must view and rear the baptized children as elect and regenerated. “The doctrine of the historic Reformed church [is] …...

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Rev. Miersma is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, currently serving in Ghana, West Africa. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. John 10:16 Other sheep I have which are not of this fold.” Notice that the text twice uses the word “fold.” The Revised Version translates the text using that word only once. It reads, “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring,… and there shall be...

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