All Articles For Vol 87 Issue 20 9/1/2011

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Previous article in this series: August 2011, p. 436. Rob Bell’s latest book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, is full of heretical teachings. He proposes a “better story” than the biblical gospel preached by the Christian church for nearly two thousand years. The book has stirred up a firestorm of protest from Evangelicals and Reformed theologians. A number of the reviews contain extensive criticisms of his theology. They condemn Bell for his improper use and interpretation of the Bible, his universalism, his wrong view of sin (all horizontal), his...

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Congregation Activities On Monday morning, July 11, a line of severe thunderstorms came in off Lake Michigan and swept through southwest Michigan. In addition to the usual rain, thunder, and lightning, these storms also packed winds estimated by the National Weather Service to be in excess of 90 mph. You can imagine the damage done in some communities around the area. One such area was Jamestown, MI, where the parsonage of the Providence PRC took a direct hit from those storms. Five trees on the property around their parsonage and barn were uprooted or broken off as a result of...

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A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, by Michael L. Brown. Concord, NC, EqualTime Books, 2011. 691 pages. Hardcover. ISBN-10-0615406092. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] A Queer Thing Happened to America is a carefully researched, and very disturbing, account of the development of the GLBT6 movement, from the Stonewall riots (June 1989), through the reception (June 2009) by President Obama of 300 gay activists at the White House, to its vision of the future. Brown lifts the lid on militant homosexual activism, especially in America, and uncovers an agenda that pervades every part of...

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*We print here an abbreviated version of the annual report. May 2, 2011 The Board welcomes all of you to this annual meeting and thanks you for the support you show by your attendance this evening. The Lord in His infinite knowledge and plan has given us the privilege of educating all the covenant children that He has given us. We as a Board are privilegedto work for the children with special needs whom God in His wisdom has given us. We need your help, your prayers, and your financial support, but also we need you to advocate for this great cause....

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The Presbyterian Church (USA) to Homosexual Officebearers: “You are free to be sexually active.” In 2010 the General Assembly of the PC(USA), a denomination with 2.3 million members, decided to remove a clause from its constitution that required ministers to “live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” Removing this language would have the effect of allowing homosexual officebearers in the PC(USA) to have same-sex dating and “marriage” relationships. For this decision to take effect a majority of the denomination’s presbyteries needed to approve it. In 2010 Christianity Today reported the...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2011, p. 350. The following is a brief summary of what has been considered thus far in this series on divine revelation: • The Son, and thus the Father, is revealed only to some people. The Father reveals Himself in and through His Son. When one sees the Son, He sees the Father, since the Son is the perfect Image of the Father. The Son, however, does not manifest Himself to everyone. Only the elect receive the grace to see the Son, and in this way to see the Father. The gracious revelation of...

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Previous article in this series: June 2011, p. 397. Preterism  An exception to the rule that postmillennialism is and must be preterist in its interpretation of the biblical passages that prophesy dark days for the church towards the end is the seventeenth-century Dutch Reformed theologian Wilhelmus a Brakel. As a prominent member of the theological movement known as the “further reformation,”¹ Brakel was heavily influenced by the English Puritans. He was an ardent postmillennialist. Brakel gave what surely must be one of the most complete and optimistic descriptions of the postmillennial expectation ever written. Only Warfield’s exceeds it. In the...

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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 The two verses before this passage are verses that all of us should commit to memory. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Here God’s grace is contrasted to our own works and efforts. God’s grace is His undeserved favor to His elect people. Works are works of obedience to God that a man may...

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