All Articles For Vol 87 Issue 08 1/15/2011

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Young People’s Activities  Although we cannot say for certain, we are rather confident that all of our young people’s societies, in all of our congregations, in one way or another, have the opportunity during the month of December to spend an evening caroling together. This caroling is usually done to the elderly, the widows and widowers, and the shutins in the various churches, but it can also include a trip to a nearby retirement home, or hospital, or even just a tour of the neighborhood around the church. But we are certain that no matter how it is done, or...

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Mission work is done by us in obedience to the command of Christ. He calls us to preach and teach His gospel of truth to all the nations of the world. This must be done tirelessly and unceasingly until the day of His return. The truth that Christ has given us to proclaim in our mission work is not something bland, for we have in our possession as a Reformed church the rich and precious heritage of the Reformed faith. Christ has entrusted that to us. We are privileged and blessed to have it. And thus we are able to...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2010, p. 129. The opening words of the “Preacher” are in many respects very striking. His identity, which as we have seen is that of Solomon, is stated as “the son of David, king in Jerusalem.” But that identity is initially set in the background. He steps before us first of all as the “Preacher” and his “words.” His words are “vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” This truth we must hear from the outset. It is from this truth as it is developed that he will lead us to the whole duty...

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2010, p. 80. Preterism  A third fundamental element of postmillennialism’s doctrine of the last things is “preterism.” “Preterism” in postmillennial eschatology is a certain way of explaining all the New Testament passages that predict abounding lawlessness, apostasy, Antichrist, and tribulation in the last days, that is, the days immediately preceding the return of Christ. Preterism explains all these passages as referring to events that, with regard to the church in the twenty-first century, have already happened, in the distant past. The word “preterism” derives from the Latin word meaning “past.” Contemporary postmillennialists make...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2010, p. 103. Because Christ is faithful to His church, His saints also share in that blessed virtue, faithfulness, by His Spirit of sanctification. Some of the saints noted for their faithfulness in the Bible include Abraham (Num. 9:8); Moses (Num. 12:7, Heb. 3:5); Daniel (Dan. 6:4); Hanani (Neh. 7:2); Shelamiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, Pedaiah, and Hanan (Neh. 13:13); the Colossian saints in general (Col. 1:9), and Onesimus of the Colossian church in particular (Col. 4:9). The Lord gives special attention to the need for this virtue among officebearers in His church....

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2010, p. 132. A Curious Charge I have been examining the report on the federal vision received for information at the 2010 Synod of the URC. The report is dangerously flawed because, while it criticizes the federal vision for its heretical doctrine of justification by faith and works, it leaves the vicious root of this heresy in the federal vision’s erroneous doctrine of the conditional covenant untouched. The federal vision teaches that every baptized child is a member of the covenant; that every baptized child receives the promise of the covenant; and that...

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Christian colleges I’ve been meaning to write you a note of appreciation for your articles that give a much needed warning to students who are attending or planning to attend a Christian college. I can identify with many, many of the examples and instances you brought out in your articles. The “kingdom” language and “engaging” or “transforming” culture were philosophies that figured prominently in the instruction and life at the Christian college from which I graduated recently. Looking back, I know that I, for a time, was drawn in by that language. I can see it in some of the...

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In this issue’s letters section, we print correspondence from Rev. Douglas Kuiper, who questions the propriety of identifying church and kingdom. I did that in my four editorials entitled, “A (Sharp) Pastoral Warning to Students in Christian Colleges” (Oct. 1, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 1). I said, “The kingdom is the church.” In the letters section I briefly answer Rev. Kuiper. I take opportunity in this editorial to address the question more fully. At the heart of his letter is the question, “Is the word is the right word to use when speaking of their (church and kingdom) relationship?”...

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“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” Romans 8:3 This beautiful chapter of Paul’s epistle to the church at Rome begins with the triumphant declaration that there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. All men are sinners and thus liable to the severe condemnation of God. But for those who are in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation. What a blessed truth! But how can we be assured of...

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