All Articles For Vol 87 Issue 21 9/15/2011

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Young People’s Activities  The young people and congregation of the Randolph, WI PRC hosted the 70th annual Young People’s Convention on August 8-12 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI. Plans for this year’s convention began already three years ago and Randolph deserves all our thanks for a job well done. We may be wrong about this, but we think that this was the first convention hosted by the Randolph congregation. The theme of this year’s convention was, “Lessons from the Life of Joseph,” with the theme text, “But God meant it unto good,” from Genesis 50:20. Rev....

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Neither Calendar nor Clock: Perspectives on the Belhar Confession, by Piet J. Naude. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010. 255 pages. $25.00. Soft cover. ISBN9780802862594. Reviewed by Mark H. Hoeksema. This book deals with a subject unfamiliar to most of us in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Its setting is in South Africa, located on the other side of the world from us, and in a theological context that few understand. More specifically, its subject matter concerns the issue of apartheid, the centuries-long discrimination against native Africans both by the civil authorities and by the church, which was...

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A couple of blocks north on our Iowa country road, nestled among cornstalk-spangled fields and soybeans aplenty, sleeps the town cemetery. I like to walk there from time to time to read the inscriptions on the headstones. Some are new, while others date back nearly a couple hundred years. It was near harvest time last October that I saw a familiar face walking through there. It was a Christian school teacher visiting from Michigan. He came to Iowa to attend the annual Protestant Reformed Teachers’ Convention. The convention met right next door to the cemetery, at Trinity Christian High School...

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*The articles appearing under this theme are the substance of a lecture given in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Northern Ireland on January 12, 2011. The Holy Scriptures refer to various sins against the Holy Spirit. In addition to the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, more commonly known as the “unforgivable sin” (Matt. 12:31-32; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:10), we are told that Israel “vexed his (God’s, DJK) holy Spirit” (Is. 63:10); that Ananias and Sapphira lied “to the Holy Ghost” (Acts 5:3); that the Jews of Stephen’s day, as well as their fathers, did “always resist the Holy Ghost”...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2011, p. 155. It is a common teaching that all human beings bear the image of God. Scripture, however, says that to bear God’s image is to be righteous and holy, and to know God as your friend. It ought to be clear that such can be said only of the regenerated believer, who in the new man is God’s child and bears His image. So how do people attempt to defend the position that all human beings bear God’s image? What method do they commonly use? The erroneous “broader-narrower” distinction One way...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2011, p. 461. Rob Bell is a false teacher openly promoting damnable heresies. His teaching includes the heresies of Jacob Arminius: God loves all and wants all to be saved. Jesus died for all and thus salvation is available for all. In the preaching, God offers heaven to all. All that remains is for people to make their choice: heaven or hell. Rob Bell goes beyond Arminius himself, drawing from the spiritual descendants of Arminius—the promoters of the social gospel. Standing with postmillennial proponents of “kingdom theology,” Bell maintains that heaven is not...

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“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; but hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior; to Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 1:1-4 The apostle Paul and one of his spiritual...

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