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Vol 99 Issue 21

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The path of light

Gerrit Vos (1894-1968) was a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches, serving the congregations of Sioux Center (IA), Hudsonville (MI), Hope (Redlands, CA), and Edgerton (MN). This meditation was originally written in Dutch and entitled Het Pad Des Lichts. It can be found in the September 15, 1949 issue of the Standard Bearer. Translator, Prof. B. Huizinga. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Proverbs 4:18, 19 Time and time again we...

A crisis of authority: Honoring elders

Rev. Joshua Engelsma, pastor of Crete PRC in Crete, Illinois So far in this series of editorials I have noted two dangers regarding authority in the church, set forth positively the fundamentals of God-given authority in the church, and laid before those in authority in the church the calling to model Jesus Christ in servant-leadership. I began with the calling of officebearers toward the members intentionally: officebearers must take the lead in caring for the members and ought not give occasion for the members to dishonor them. Having made that point first, now in this concluding article I want to...

Letters

Forgiveness in eternity and in time In your recent article “Antinomians? Without a doubt (7)” (SB, volume 99, July 2023), you remark regarding the eternal nature of the forgiveness of sins: First, “If we present ourselves to God for pardon, it is evident that pardon takes place in time and not in eternity” (p. 424). Second, “If seeking God’s forgiveness is to be a response to the experience of His heavy hand on us, clearly God’s forgiveness takes place in our lifetime and not eternally” (p. 425). Finally, “For if forgiveness takes place in eternity, what need is there for...

Antinomians? Without a doubt (8)

Prof. Ronald Cammenga, rector and professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, Michigan What Says Herman Hoeksema? In this series, we are concerned to point out the antinomianism of the Reformed Protestant Churches (RPC), the schismatic group that separated from the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC). In the last several articles, we have examined the teaching of John Calvin with respect to the relation between repentance and forgiveness. We have compared the teaching of Calvin to the teaching of the RPs that forgiveness is eternally prior to repentance. Before...

Habakkuk: The just shall live by faith (12) God’s judgment and salvation (2)

Rev. Ronald Hanko, minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches and member of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, Washington Previous article in this series: August 2023, p. 442. A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:1-2 We saw in the last article that Habakkuk 3 is a fitting conclusion to the prophecy, for in it Habakkuk bows submissively to the will of God, acknowledges...

Coram Deo

Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, pastor of the Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan Every Reformed young person needs to know some Latin. Not only is it the language from which many modern languages have their origin, and not only is it the language most Reformation leaders used to compose their writings, but it is a language frequently used to make important truths memorable, one of them being coram Deo. This Latin phrase expresses the most fundamental description of the Christian life. A young person ignorant of its meaning is seriously deficient in his under standing of how to live as a...

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale and the First Forty Years of the English Reformation, by G. F. Main

The following book is reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper, professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan. Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale and the First Forty Years of the English Reformation, by G. F. Main. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2023. Pp xii + 201. Hardcover. $35.00. The Middle Ages are known, among other things, for ignorance of the Bible. Few lay-people knew the Bible; most priests did not even read or know it! The official Bible version was the Latin Vulgate, which laypeople could not read. John...

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