All Articles For Vol 91 Issue 13 4/1/2015

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Denominational Activities Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Doon, IA PRC on March 4. The business was mostly routine. Classis West plans to meet next on September 30 in the PRC of Edgerton, MN. Evangelism Activities The Evangelism Committee of Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI held a personal witnessing seminar for members of their congregation on February 25 and March 4. The seminar took the place of the society meetings normally scheduled on those dates. Young People’s Activities There is a PRC Young People’s Convention on the horizon! Scheduled for August 10-14, the 2015 convention will be hosted...

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On March 4, 2015, the thirty delegates to Classis West met in the Doon, IA PRC. The day dawned sunny, clear, cold, and windy—a typical winter morning on the eastern edge of the plains. Inside, the delegates enjoyed warm fellowship. Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph PRC) opened the session by reading I Timothy 4:11-16, and giving a meditation on verse 16. The young pastor reminded the delegates of the need both to be diligent in our labors, and to be personal examples of godliness, assuring us from God’s Word that in this way we will enjoy God’s blessing on us personally...

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But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. I Timothy 3:15-16 Introduction In the previous article we showed that the practice of reciting the Apostles’ Creed in worship is a biblical practice. We did that by appealing to...

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And when they had ordained them elders in every church…. (Acts 14:23) For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee. (Titus 1:5) The fact that a man is qualified to be an elder in Christ’s church does not, by itself, make him an elder. Nor has he become an elder by virtue of being designated by the council of a church or being chosen by the congregation to be an elder. Until the church of Jesus Christ ordains...

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Genesis 8:21 said to be a promise of common grace Wrong views on God’s kingdom are related to wrong views on God’s covenant. Whether you are talking about the cry to “redeem culture” that is heard coming from some colleges (such as Dordt College), the two-kingdom theology taught at Westminster Theological Seminary West (California), or the dispensational views held by Baptists, these teachings are connected to erroneous explanations of God’s covenant promises. There are many, for example, who base their earthlykingdom position on what God said after the flood. The covenant that God made with Noah is often said to...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2015, p. 248. Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man...

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As previous contributors to this rubric have documented, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) exonerated teaching elder and Federal Vision (FV) advocate, Dr. Peter J. Leithart.1 Leithart remains a member and a minister in the PCA. Let me remind you of the case: By his advocacy of the FV, Leithart was accused of teaching views that are not in accordance with the Westminster Standards, the confessions of the PCA. The presbytery of Pacific North West exonerated him. When the presbytery’s decision was challenged, the presbytery rejected the complaint and referred it to the Standing Judicial Committee (SJC) of the PCA,...

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This letter is in response to Rev. Martyn McGeown’s article “Abortion: the Culture of Death” in the January 15, 2015 issue of the Standard Bearer. While reading the article, I had to lay it down and stop reading it several times because it was so disheartening. Although the content about women advocating for and endorsing abortion was heartrending and disturbing, this was not the reason for my being disheartened. For a denomination—the PRC—that proclaims and promotes grace (like no other denomination does) as the ultimate covering for the worst of broken sinners, there was little mercy given to women who...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2015, p. 269. Introduction What it means to be Reformed, as we have seen so far, is to believe heartily the biblical doctrine of the covenant, to confess that truth openly, and to live it with greatest joy. Covenant! This is Reformed. And Christian. In this 90th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (1925-2015), we are reflecting on the heritage God has given to us as a Reformed denomination. There are many things that we could say about the PRCA but, being Reformed Christians, what we want most to say is...

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Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? Habakkuk 1:12, 13

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