Further decline: The Roman Catholic Church under Pope Francis Hindu attack on Christians

The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “In 10 Years, Pope Francis Has Disrupted the Catholic Church.”1 We take a brief amount of space to note that this title misleads when it refers to the institution that Francis rules as the “Catholic Church.” Francis rules the Roman Catholic Church. Francis has no jurisdiction over the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church (to which we belong as Protestants) over which there is one Ruler, Jesus Christ. Duly noted; now we turn to the description of Francis as a disrupter. Francis certainly has instituted changes/disruptions in the Roman Catholic Church. The […]

The consolation of Barnabas

But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:27 The experience of feeling spiritually alone is very real. There is the reality of how great your sins are that they can rise up against you and paralyze your soul. On the other hand, there is the suffering and pain of disease, tragedy, and loss that can make you feel shattered into a thousand pieces. […]

Antinomians? Without a doubt (7)

Although the wicked, while they reproach God and pour and vomit out the venom of their breast, harden themselves in the vain hope that they shall not be punished, still there will not be a syllable which the Lord does not hear and which he does not at length call to account. John Calvin, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, 3:123 In this series of articles we are examining the false teaching of the Reformed Protestant Churches (RPC) that God’s forgiveness of sins takes place before Godworked repentance over sin. On account of their teaching we have charged […]

Spiritual maturity manifest

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:15 Are you growing? Are you maturing? Are you developing? Even as a little boy grows and develops into a full grown man, so the Word of God calls us to grow and develop. We are to grow up into Jesus Christ, even “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). This is what we considered last time—the call to spiritual maturity in Jesus Christ and the fervent desire that […]

The Story of Abortion in America: A Street-Level History 1652-2022, by Marvin Olasky and Leah Savas

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. The Story of Abortion in America: A Street-Level History 1652-2022, by Marvin Olasky and Leah Savas. Wheaton: Crossway, 2023. Pp xv + 494. Hardcover. $39.99. This book is a history of abortion in America from colonial times to the present. Abortion in America is a grim reality, an infant holocaust, a legal killing of at least half a million unborn persons annually. For it the nation will endure, and is […]

News from our churches

PRC news (denominational) At the time of this writing (mid-June) the following may be noted concerning ministerial calls in the PRC: D. Kleyn was considering the call to Hudsonville PRC. On June 11 Rev. C. Spronk declined the call to Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) and Rev. D. Noorman the call to Randolph (WI) PRC. M. Kortus was considering calls to Hosanna PRC (Edmonton, AB) and to Loveland (CO) PRC. Doon (IA) PRC had a new trio of Revs. H. Bleyenberg, D. Kleyn, and R. Smit. On June 18 she called Rev. Kleyn. Lynden (WA) PRC formed a new trio of […]

Christ’s instruction for temple builders

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me […]

Preview of Synod 2023 of the PRCA

The Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA) will be hosted this year by Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI). A pre-synodical worship service will be held on Monday evening, June 12, 2023, to beseech God for His blessing prior to taking up the work, and the twenty minister and elder delegates along with the five professor-advisors will gather to begin the work on Tuesday, June 13, at 8:00 a.m. Three overtures and a protest I believe it is safe to say that the issue presently on the hearts and minds of officebearers and members of the denomination is that […]

Letters

Langberg and Grasso Diane Langberg is a member of Calvary PCA in Willow Grove, PA, a member of a Reformed denomination that does not permit the ordination of women. She is also a psychologist and an author of numerous books on abuse. In the SB’s special issue, Langberg is the first author recommended in “Resources Related to Sexual Abuse. “I… find her to be excellent,” writes Rev. Guichelaar, adding, “She specializes in trauma but she also has books on sexual and clergy abuse, which are obviously intimately related to the subject of trauma. If you want to help a friend […]

The Chosen television series

There is power in media to promote a message. Through television, film, radio, podcast, and social media, getting a message out to the masses has never been easier. And the platforms to receive the message are owned by almost everyone, as smartphones, tablets, and televisions are becoming ubiquitous. Many are the messages that are being promoted, so many of which are dangerous to the Christian and to the church. What I will address in this article is The Chosen, the television series about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Dramatic productions of biblical narratives, and more specifically of Jesus, […]