All Articles For Vol 95 Issue 09 2/1/2019

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Trivia question The new PRC denominational directory, under “sister churches,” unintentionally gives an old address for Rev. M. McGeown, missionary pastor in Limerick, Ireland. His current address is 38 Abbey Vale, Corbally, Limerick, Ireland, V94 K7ER, as correctly listed in the SB and the Acts of Synod. In which year did he move into his current home? Answer later in this column. Mission activities On December 16 at 2:00 p.m. a presentation was given at the church building of the Berean PRC of the Philippines. This was conducted by the delegates of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore along...

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In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History, by Sinclair B. Ferguson. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2018. Hardcover $18.00; digital $9.00. 229 pages. [Reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper.] This book “is not a history of the church” (4), but a “panorama” (7) of her history. Taking the church’s history one century at a time (twenty centuries, twenty chapters), Ferguson relates the two or three most significant church-historical events or persons in that century. For instance, the second century was characterized by persecution from without and false teaching from within. The sack of Rome, the...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2018, p. 137. In the last article we considered the above-mentioned subject from the viewpoint of a question proposed by the inspired psalmist in Psalm 119: “How shall a young man cleanse his way?” This question was answered without hesitation: “By taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Ps. 119: 9). The question implies that the young man (and by im­plication the young woman) mentioned knew the awful reality of his own sinful nature. He also knew that he could not deliver himself from the power of the sins of immorality. He needed...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2019, p. 161. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9 Introduction Because dispensational premillennialism refuses to recognize the church as the fulfillment and reality of Old Testament Israel, this premillennialism has concocted its heretical and absurd eschatology, that is, doctrine of the last things. There must be a future, national conversion of the Jews in order to fulfill Old Testament prophecy concerning the...

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Previous article in this series: June 2018, p. 396. The Bible is trustworthy. It can be relied upon. The inspired psalmist gives expression to the Bible’s trustworthiness when he says “the testimony [Word] of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7). That God’s Word is “sure” means that it is trustworthy. Trustworthiness is the last of the five perfections that are often ascribed to Holy Scripture. The Bible is trustworthy and can be relied upon be­cause the Bible is the Word of God—the Word of God in the words of men. Because the Bible is the Word...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2019, p. 183. Scripture is silent with respect to the history of the Jewish state between the time of Malachi and the birth of John the Baptist some 400 years later. But we can learn something of that history from other sources. We know, for example, that the Jews were ruled by various world powers that rose and fell during this period. Since 536 B.C., they were under what proved to be a rather mild rule by the Persians. Medo-Persia, you will recall, constituted the breast and arms of silver in Nebuchadnezzar’s image...

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After reading Rev. Koole’s response to a letter written by Rev. Nathan Langerak, a letter printed after the response instead of before it, I was puzzled and my curiosity aroused. Was what I read a true response? Was what I read really an answer to a charge? I found in the response an explanation for the arti­cle which Rev. Langerak addressed, an article that appeared earlier in the Standard Bearer [Oct. 1, 2018]. I read of some reasons offered for which that article was written, offered by the author. I also read of his won­derment that Rev. Langerak should present...

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By God’s grace, the Protestant Reformed Churches are determined to train our ministers well—our prophets and teachers. With equal determination we must train our elders well, for the watchmen on Zion’s walls must have the wherewithal to watch properly, her gatekeepers must be skilled in the use of the gate’s keys, and her overseers must have wisdom to make proper judgments about the faith and life of the members and about the instruction from the church’s prophet. I wrote last time that our churches do train our el­ders. It is not the same kind of specialized training that the churches...

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“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” I Peter 5:5b This meditation deals with the second part of a verse. The first part of the verse is addressed to a specific element in the church: “Ye younger, submit yourselves to the elder.” Although there are differing opinions as to the meaning of these words, they are most likely directed to the younger element of the congregation in their relationship to those who hold the office of elder. The younger with their enthusiasm,...

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