All Articles For Vol 88 Issue 20 9/1/2012

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Young People’s Activities Beginning on Monday, July 30, and running through Thursday, August 2, the Young People’s So­cieties of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA and the Lynden, WA PRC hosted the second annual Young People’s Western Retreat at Pend Oreille Bible Camp in New­port, WA, north of Seattle on the Idaho border. Thirty-five young people from our churches in Lynden, Spokane, Loveland, Edmonton, and Lacombe planned to attend. The theme of the retreat was, “Stand Fast in One Spirit,” from Philippians 1:27. Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. Kleyn spoke on the retreat theme, and Rev. R. Hanko...

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Federal Vision: Heresy at the Root, by David J. Engelsma. Jenison, Michigan: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2012. 252 pages. Hardback. [Reviewed by Martyn Mc Geown.] This reviewer grew up in a Presbyterian denomi­nation in Ireland. Although the church was not very doctrinal, one thing sticks in my head even now. It concerns baptism. At every occasion of baptism, the minister said (whether this was an official baptismal form I do not know), “Baptism is a testimony to the divine initiative, that God takes the first step in our salvation . . . .” I often wondered what that meant, but...

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Beginning with this article, I intend to start a new series on the subject of salvation by grace alone. It is of central importance that we thoroughly understand this truth, and that we know how to take the Scriptures in hand and teach this truth to our chil­dren and to others. We all frequently encounter those who claim to believe that salvation is entirely a gift of God’s grace, but who then contradict themselves when they speak of man having to fulfill a condition to be saved. When speaking to these people, we do well to explain to them key...

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This year at the 2012 Synod of the Christian Re­formed Church (CRC), after years of interviews, sur­veys, and revisions, the Form of Subscription Revision Committee presented its report and proposed replace­ment of Dordt’s venerable Formula of Subscription (FOS).¹ The Synod of Dordt (1618–19) adopted the FOS, and since then it has served as the standard of confes­sional subscription in Reformed churches. In lofty, sober, clear, and compelling language the FOS sets down which are the Reformed confessions, the place of confessions in Reformed churches, the nature of Re­formed confessional subscription, and the penalty for the Reformed officebearer who refuses to...

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In the U.S. the last holiday of summer is Labor Day. Ironically, it is celebrated by not working, which reflects also its origin by labor unions who coerce businesses to cough up maximum pay for minimum labor. Scripture says much about labor. Little is welcome by labor unions except, perhaps, “the laborer is worthy of his hire” (Luke 10:7) or its condemnation of greedy employers, especially those who gain wealth by defrauding their employees (James 5:4). At first glance, Scripture seems to take a rather dim view of labor. Labor is the biblical word that emphasizes the arduous, backbreaking, endless...

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Previous article in this series: April 15, 2012, p. 331.   This is the mystery of the church: people of many nations (the Gentiles) are made fellow heirs, and of the same body with the church of the Old Testament (Eph. 3:6). Christ has abolished the Old Testament ceremonies of the law in order to make in Himself of two (Jews and Gentiles) one new man (Eph. 2:15). The church is no longer limited to one nation. It has become universal. This mystery was hid in God from the beginning of the world. But according to God’s eternal purpose, which...

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Previous article in this series: April 15, 2012, p. 319.   “And the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do: the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” I Chronicles 12:32  In our previous article the case was made that modern science’s adoption and strict adherence to Darwin’s doctrine of evolution has resulted in serious detrimental consequences for the study and development of science. Further, it was pointed out that the evolutionist’s position is rooted in the philosophy of naturalism (everything can...

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Previous article in this series: August 2012, p. 437. The last three editorials (June, July, and August) were written to call us to our duty to fight for the cause of God and truth. In these days when doctrinal purity takes the backseat to unity (see my editorial #2, July 2012, p. 413), the biblical call to combat error is vital for Reformed and Presbyterian churches. The first two editorials presented Scrip­ture’s mandate, the third issued the caution to do polemics properly. It would not be surprising if some were to cheer for the first two but sneer at the caution; or,...

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For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19 The Lord, accompanied by two angels, appeared to Abraham on the plains of Mamre. His purpose was to reveal two matters of importance to Abraham. First, He revealed that now at long last Sarah would bring forth a son in her old age. Secondly, the Lord revealed that He would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah on account...

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