All Articles For Vol 90 Issue 19 8/1/2014

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Congregation Activities With apologies to our Wingham, Ontario PRC, we include this bit of information taken from their church bulletin of April 27. Even though it’s about three months old, the news is still interesting enough to include here. Members of Wingham were invited to a COAH (Come Over and Help is an organization of Reformed men and women committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union) meeting. Cees Brouwer, project director of COAH, and Istvan Visky, pastor of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania, shared their experiences regarding the work COAH...

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Lord’s Day 24 Question 62. But why cannot our good works be the whole or part of our righteousness before God? Answer. Because that the righteousness which can be approved of before the tribunal of God must be absolutely perfect, and in all respects conformable to the divine law; and also, that our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin. Question 63. What! do not our good works merit, which yet God will reward in this and in a future life? Answer. This reward is not of merit, but of grace. Question 64. But doth...

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At the time of year called Lent, Reformed believers remember the death of Jesus Christ for their salvation. They do not remember His death legalistically by putting ash on their foreheads or by giving up some favorite pleasure, but by listening to a series of sober sermons that expound the biblical doctrine of the death of Jesus Christ. Nor are the few Sundays before resurrection Sunday and on Good Friday the only times they remember His death, but they remember it whenever the gospel is preached by believing it. Especially they remember the Lord and show His death till He...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2014, p. 349. In our last article we began treating those qualifications of the office of elder that relate to his family life. The elder must be “the husband of one wife” and have “his children in subjection with all gravity” (I Tim. 3:2, 4; Titus 1:6). In that article we asked whether God requires the elder to be a married man and a father. We concluded that God does permit unmarried men, as well as married men without children, to be elders. But more must be said about these qualifications. What, positively,...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2014, p. 375. Unavoidable is the theme of, and even imperative, for warfare that runs throughout all of Scripture and therefore also our Psalter, our Three Forms of Unity, and the doctrinal terminology taught us in catechism class. If the Bible were a book I had never seen, and upon my first encounter with it I read it through from beginning to end and thereafter someone asked me what were some things that struck me about that book, whether I had saving faith or not, I would surely conclude, among other things, “Warfare....

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2014, p. 373. Introduction The preceding article in this series demonstrated that postmillennialism is guilty of explaining the biblical signs of the end of all things as applicable only to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. The signs and their reference are past. The signs do not signify, for postmillennialists, the second coming of Jesus in the future and its nearness. The reason for this preterist (that is, “past”) explanation of the biblical signs in Matthew 24 and other places in Scripture is that the biblical signs portend the increase of lawlessness,...

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I appreciate the discussion between Brendan Looyenga and Rev. Spronk regarding our critique of evolutionary science (SB, July 2014). Dr. Looyenga argues: “the problem with atheistic science is not its failure at logic, but rather its failure to comport with the truths of Scripture.” I suggest the problem with atheistic science is both its failure at logic and its failure to comport with Scripture. Atheistic science, in common with empirical science as a whole, has for its fundamental premise that true knowledge of the physical world is based on sense experience. The fundamental axiom of empirical science is that truth...

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This article is in praise of our Church Order, the CO of the great Synod of Dordt (1618-19), its wisdom, its balance, in particular as evidenced by Article 69, the article that governs which songs may be sung in our worship services. The occasion for this editorial is a follow-up on an article by the undersigned that appeared in the April 1, 2014 issue of the SB, an issue devoted to Psalm-singing. The article was entitled A History of Psalm/Psalter-Singing in the PRC. For the PRC the two are tied together. The 1912 Psalter is the one songbook used in...

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In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:16-17   Zephaniah is a prophet of God prophesying in Judah at the time of King Josiah. This is before the captivity and after the rule of the great King Hezekiah. Judah is filled with syncretistic religion at this time. There is the worship...

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