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Vol 84 Issue 03

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities  The Doon, IA PRC called Rev. Carl Haak to be our churches’ next missionary pastor to the Berean PRC in the Philippines. Rev. Haak was led of the Lord to decline this call. From a trio of the Revs. Allen Brummel, Steven Key, and Ronald VanOverloop, the Edgerton, MN PRC extended a call to Rev. Allen Brummel to serve as missionary in Sioux Falls, SD. On Sunday, October 7, Rev. Brummel announced his acceptance of that call. Congregation Activities As a denomination, we give thanks...

Report of Classis East

Held at the First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI, on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, with a continued session on Wednesday, September 26, 2007. Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 but had to continue in session on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 to finish its business. Each congregation was represented by two delegates; Rev. G. Eriks was the chairman of these sessions. At issue with the classis were three appeals from members of the Grace PRC relative their pastor’s home schooling his children. Two of the appeals were treated by the classis, a third was not considered to...

Genesis Protestant Reformed School

Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. On March 9, 2007, the members of our Genesis Protestant Reformed School Society in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, decided to set September 4, 2007, as the goal for the opening day for a new elementary school. By this decision, we had committed ourselves to a very ambitious and daunting task. Nevertheless, we realized that we would be totally dependent upon the Lord’s will and help for the accomplishment of this goal. By faith the board and society pressed forward in the confidence that the Lord would provide...

A Brief History of the Afscheiding (2)

Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2007, p. 30. Hendrik de Cock  De Cock was the oldest of the Secession leaders, the first to take an active stand against unbiblical doctrines and practices in the state church; the first to be disciplined; the first, with his congregation, to secede from the Dutch Reformed Church; and also the first of the leaders to die, for he saw only the beginnings of the Secession, dying already in 1842, just eight years after its beginning and at the young age...

All Around Us

Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. Persecution in Iraq  When we think of Iraq, we likely tend to focus upon the war against terrorism, the military involvement against al-Qaeda. We may think of the on-going internal strife among the largely Muslim populations—Shiites versus Sunnis. We may forget or not be aware of a relatively small portion of the Iraqi populace that is Christian and caught in the middle of the turmoil there. Brothers and sisters in Christ and their families are suffering grievously in Iraq. They are being abducted, held for ransom, tortured,...

Contacts in Russia

Mr. VanDerSchaaf is an elder in Faith Church in Jenison, MI, and a member of the synodical Committee for Contact with Other Churches (CC). This article and the one that preceded it in the October 1 issue of the Standard Bearer give an account of a recent visit by representatives of the CC to contacts in Germany and Russia in July of 2007. On Monday, July 16, we flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Moscow. Our Air Berlin flight arrived in Moscow at about 5:30 P.M. We were met at the airport by Mr. Renat Ilyasov and Mr. Alexander Makeev. Mr....

Redeemed with Judgment: A Reformed Perspective on Isaiah

Mr. Hoeksema is a member of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church. This article is the text of his address to the RFPA at their annual meeting on September 27, 2007. Mr. Hoeksema is editor of Redeemed with Judgment, a collection of sermons by the late Prof. H.C. Hoeksema on the prophecy of Isaiah. Volume 1 is now available. History  The history of this book goes back some forty or more years. In 1959 HCH (as I will respectfully refer to my father) was appointed professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches, a post...

Secretary’s Annual Report 2007

At the end of the 83rd year of existence of the Reformed Free Publishing Association and the continuous publication of the Standard Bearer, we can again report to the association and our readers that we have been enabled by God’s providential care to continue giving a witness to the “Reformed truth,” the purpose of our organization. We give thanks to our heavenly Father that He has made this possible for another year. He made this possible above all by the working of His grace and Spirit through many persons. In this annual report I would like to touch upon the many...

Eight Big Lies

My thanks to Mr. Cal Kalsbeek for his comments [cf. September 1, 2007 Standard Bearer, p. 474] on Joel Belz’s World magazine article entitled “Seven big lies.” Mr. Belz should have listed eight Big Lies! The first being the lie about Scripture itself. The lie that the best manuscripts were found in a jar in Egypt, and in a trash can in the Vatican—as put forth by the liars Wescott and Hort in the 1880s and accepted wholesale by “Reformed Christians” such as B.B. Warfield, et. al. This is why all the other lies have been so readily accepted by our modern age. Once the Scriptures were...

Rome, Dr. Mouw, and Communion with the Saints (Or: Have You Hugged a Roman Catholic of Late)

Though the October 15 issue of the Standard Bearer is commonly considered our Reformation issue, we trust November 1 comes close enough to Reformation Day (October 31) to justify another editorial dealing with an aspect of our ongoing controversy with Rome. The title of this editorial is occasioned by an article recently written by the well-known Dr. Mouw in The Christian Century Magazine, the May 15, 2007 issue, entitled “Communion with the Saints.” It is an article that, though presented in a somewhat whimsical, lighthearted fashion, deals with the weighty and historically divisive issue of Rome’s practice of praying to the saints. Dr....

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