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Vol 99 Issue 05

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Run the race

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 Are you an active, vibrant, and energetic Christian? Are you a single-minded, whole-hearted believer living in devotion to...

The sin of forgiveness (2)

Forgiving an impenitent sinner is a sin. Offensive as that may sound—even blasphemous—this is Scripture’s teaching and that of the Reformed Church Order, as we saw last time (Nov. 1, 2022). The automatic and immediate declaration of forgiveness to someone who is not sorry for gross sin is “the sin of forgiveness.” When a fifteen-year-old boy with an assault rifle murders three of his classmates, it is a sin for the victims’ parents and friends immediately and publicly to say, “We forgive you.” If a father raped his daughter, it would be a sin for the daughter to forgive him...

Intolerance of Christianity displayed in Australia RCUS missions conference

In the Standard Bearer and many other forms of media exists a recorded testimony to the truth of God that can and will be used against us by the world. It is sobering and a little frightening to realize that anytime the powers that be in the world (government, media, big-business, and more) want to attack us, our families, and our churches, they already have plenty of material that they can use. A recent article on christianitytoday.com illustrates the reality that enemies of the truth can and will use what was said by us or by the church we are...

The Council of Constantinople (553): The meeting

Previous article in this series: August 2022, p. 439. The last article set forth the context for the meeting of the Fifth Ecumenical Council. The Monophysites were teaching that if Jesus was one person, He necessarily must have one nature (mono = one; phusis = nature). Other theologians took the opposite position: because Jesus has two natures, He is two persons. These latter set forth their position in “The Three Chapters,” or “Heads.” Without question, the Three Chapters contained error, and Emperor Justinian condemned it. But why did he condemn it: because he saw the truth of the matter, or...

Sun

Few things cheer us like the sunrise stretching its  colorful wings across the morning sky, or the warmth  of the sun at its midday zenith. In the colder months the  sun rises late and sets early. Gray clouds cover its face.  We miss it! The sun is a creature of peculiar glory and  importance (I Cor. 15:41). God made it so. God created light on the first day. On the fourth day  God made the sun to be “the greater light to rule the day”  (Gen. 1:14). God issued the sun its abiding command to  shine upon the earth and...

Antinomians? Without a doubt (4)

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2022, p. 10. A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous  words stir up anger. He that refuseth instruction  despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof  getteth understanding.  Proverbs 15:1, 32 Introduction  Martin Luther’s objections to indulgences, voiced  publicly when he nailed the Ninety-Five Theses to the  door of the castle church in Wittenberg, were the spark  that led to the Reformation. Luther’s opposition to  indulgences was not limited to the irreverent claims made  by the indulgence peddlers as, for example, that they  were effective to forgive a man even if...

Praying for our prodigals

“We lift up our child in prayer, Lord. Help us, for we  do not know what to do. Our child is walking in sin,  will not meet to talk with us about it, and is listening to  and giving in to spiritual enemies. We cry out for Thy  mercy. Thou alone hast power to change the heart….” Such is a prayer of Christian parents who have a wayward  child. Who else can set such a one free? “Bring  thy son hither…. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit,  and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father”  (Luke 9:41-42)....

What is gender dysphoria and its common expressions? (4, concluded)

Previous article in this series: November 1, 2022, p. 69. Sex and gender are one  The teaching of Scripture is that gender is inextricably  bound to one’s biological sex. The proper relation  between sex and gender is that gender is the proper  social expression of one’s sex. The Scriptures know  of two genders, and both are determined not by one’s  feelings but by one’s sex. That God created gender  to be an expression of one’s sex is implied in what we  saw in the previous article, “male and female created  He them.” Yet, the Scriptures go on to draw out...

Spiritual maturity

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him  in all things, which is the head, even Christ”  Ephesians 4:15  There is something terribly wrong with that child who  forever remains a child. Year after year that child does  not grow. The parents rightfully become very concerned.  They plead with the doctor “Our child is not growing.  There’s no development at all! What could possibly be  wrong?” That’s a real fear for parents. Every father  and mother knows that fear when they bring their child  to the doctor with such a serious condition. Are you growing? Are you...

Domestic mission committee update

Almost two years have gone by since our previous home missionary accepted a call to the pastoral ministry. At that time, he had been laboring to develop a mission field, communicating with various contacts, and assisting the churches in their work of evangelism. In the providence of God, the calling church at that time was not able to continue its work as a calling church. Although that part of the work ceased, the work of the Domestic Mission Committee (DMC) did not end at that time. In the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), the DMC is set up to “regulate and...

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