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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(In the previous article Kuyper, in speaking of the present calling of his church to engage in church reformation, has made a distinction between three groups of churches which exist within the State Church. One group of churches has retained a somewhat Reformed character. Another group of churches has become…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(In the preceding paragraph Kuyper has talked about reformation which comes about through a split between a local congregation and the church federation. In this paragraph he speaks of reformation by means of a split between the individual and his own congregation.)  58. Concerning Reformation By Means Of A Break…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(In the last paragraph Kuyper has distinguished between reformation and revolution by pointing out that reformation is always done in obedience to God.) 62. Concerning Reformation and the Magistrate. The question is also brought up and is of importance: does not a part of the work of reformation belong to…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(Kuyper has been talking about the role which the magistrate must take in the work of church reformation. In the last paragraph he spoke vehemently against Article 36 of our Belgic Confession which gives to the magistrate the right to exterminate heresy. Although Kuyper does not deny that the magistrate…

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A Pamphlet on the Reformation of the Church

(In discussing the question of authority in the church, Kuyper is still talking about the. different forms of church, government. He has already discussed the Romish form of church government, the Lutheran system of church government, and the Reformed system of church government. He now turns his attention to the…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(In the last installment of this translation Kuyper was talking about the exercise of authority in the church. He had mentioned a direct authority, i.e., an authority by which Christ rules directly over His church. He concluded the last paragraph with the statement: “But also with the use of means…

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A Pamphlet on the Reformation of the Church

(The following paragraph is the concluding paragraph of Chapter 1 in which Kuyper deals with general principles of church reformation. In particular, he has been talking in previous paragraphs concerning the nature of the offices in the Church of Christ. In this paragraph he discusses the work of the Holy…

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A Pamphlet on the Reformation of the Church

We make only a short statement by way of introduction to the following pamphlet.  Just because the Reformation of the church is now a relevant issue, Luther’s 400th anniversary has a more urgent significance.  Also in Luther’s day men did not thoughtlessly begin the demolition of what was incurably filled…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Churches

(In the last article which appeared in the Standard Bearer of Kuyper’s “Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Churches” Kuyper discussed his views on the relation between church and state. In this and successive paragraphs, Kuyper discusses the duties of the individual office bearers and the function of the office…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(Kuyper is discussing reformation in the church through the way of separation from the church. He is discussing the conditions under which such separation becomes necessary and the individual’s calling to be obedient to God even when he faces opposition from his church. This kind of reformation must begin in…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(In the last paragraph Kuyper has discussed the responsibility of individual members, whether ordinary members of the congregation or office bearers in the church, with respect to unfaithfulness and disobedience in the church. He has discussed what the calling of these members is and how they must begin the work…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(In the last article Kuyper began a discussion of the reformation of the church by way of separation from the denomination. He talked briefly about the fact that such reformation always begins in the local congregation. But as that reformation begins in the local congregation, it can be either opposed…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(In the last article Kuyper began a discussion concerning reformation by means of separation from the denomination. He suggested, in this connection, two possibilities: one possibility is that the consistory of a local congregation is in conflict with the church federation; the other is that an individual is in conflict…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(Kuyper has discussed the unity of the church as that unity is expressed in broader ecclesiastical assemblies and in relationship with other denominations worldwide. He now concludes chapter 2 of his book with the following paragraph.)  33. Whether the Churches Ought to Interfere in What Does Not Belong to the…

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