All Articles For Vol 88 Issue 11 3/1/2012

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Denomination Activities A delegation of Rev. William Langerak and Mr. Sid Miedema was appointed by our churches’ Contact Committee to visit our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, as well as Covenant’s on-going mission work in Limerick for the annual church visitation. The men left Thursday night, January 19, arriving in Dublin Friday morning, January 20. On Sunday Rev. Langerak preached twice in Covenant PRC. During the week Rev. Langerak also had the opportunity to lead an Adult Bible Study, deliver a public lecture on “The Biblical Identity of the Antichrist,” and conduct church visitation with...

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Hudsonville PRC recently hosted a conference with the theme, “The Answer in an Age of Uncertainty,” on Friday, January 27. Rev. Garrett Eriks spoke on “Knowing the Truth in an Age of Uncertainty,” and Rev. Andrew Lanning spoke on “Finding True Freedom in an Age of Uncertainty.” The conference was encouraging on many levels. Hudsonville’s large auditorium could not fit even one more person in its packed pews. Those responsible for hosting the event estimated that around seven hundred people filled the auditorium, overflowing into the narthex. The advertising targeted young adults, and come they did! Many college students and...

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The second semester of instruction in our Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary is well underway. After the holiday break, professors and students alike are “hitting the books” once more. The second semester was preceded by the annual interim course. By rotation it fell to the undersigned to teach the interim. The subject of the interim course was “Contemporary Roman Catholic Theology.” Together professor and class examined the distinctive doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church in the light of history and Holy Scripture. We concluded that, beyond doubt, Rome has not changed. Rome holds today the same false doctrines and...

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When considering some of God’s marvelous creatures, as we have had opportunity from time to time in this rubric, we find that our thoughts always go back to the beautiful twelfth article of the Belgic Confession, in which we make a precious confession regarding God’s work of creation and providence. We believe that the Father, by the Word, that is, by His Son, hath created of nothing the heaven, the earth, and all creatures as it seemed good unto Him, giving unto every creature its being, shape, form, and several offices to serve its Creator; that He doth also still...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2011, p. 346. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven”. Eccl. 3:1 Having pointed us to the transitory character of life and its vanity under the sun, Solomon turns to the seeming pattern of life in the world. The text presents a series of contrasts that embrace the bearing of children and birth, death and dying, planting and rooting up, and killing and healing. The contrasts encompass the circumstances and affairs of life or “purposes under heaven,” both of joy and sorrow, activity and labor, gain...

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The word God itself actually tells us very little about God. Its root idea and etymology are disputed. Its meaning is generic. Its use is not limited to Scripture, or even as a reference to the one true God. Theologians rarely treat the word itself, but usually apply various teachings of Scripture overall to the divine being, and then often using so many Latin and philosophical terms that the fascinating, warm, and instructive use of the word God in Scripture is lost. The danger is that the triune, true, and living God to whom it alone belongs becomes distant, cold,...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2012, p. 185. Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise? Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2011, p. 112. Some of our young adults attend Neo-Calvinistic colleges (e.g., Calvin College, Dordt College, Trinity Christian College, and Redeemer University), where they are taught what is referred to as theReformational worldview. Although the termReformational sounds like the term Reformed, what is being taught in these institutions amounts to a radical departure from the truth of the Reformed faith. It is my intention to demonstrate this departure, while addressing just one subject area at a time. At present we are considering the difference between Reformed and Reformational views on the subject of divine revelation. To...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2012, p. 220. We continue our treatment of a couple of papers written by Dr. William Young on Abraham Kuyper’s extensive influence on Reformed thought, and in par-ticular Kuyper’s doctrine of God’s covenant. These are papers that were written for theological journals some 30 years ago but have now been published in book form (Reformed Thought) along with other of Young’s selected writings. As stated previously Dr. Young is severely critical, not only of Kuyper’s inflated view of common grace, but also, and especially, of Kuyper’s covenant view and, in particular, his doctrine...

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By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. Song of Solomon 3:1The bride in our text yearns for the presence of her bridegroom. So, too, the believer has a holy desire for fellowship with Jesus Christ, the bridegroom of the church. Frequently, however, we are lulled into spiritual slumber by the cares and concerns of the world, so that we do not seek Him as we ought. The result is that we do not experience the fellowship with God that we would like, and God seems far from...

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