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Augustine’s View of the Indissolubility of the Marriage Bond (2)

This article is a continuation of his article on Augustine held over from the October 15, 2014 Special Issue on Augustine. Only Death Dissolves the Marriage Bond Although in his teaching he stressed the permanence of marriage, Augustine recognized that the Scriptures permit divorce. The Scriptures permit divorce on one ground: adultery.…

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“Through Endless Ages Sound His Praise”: The History of Psalm-Singing in the Church

What among men has endured as many ages under the sun as the psalms…the psalms sung…the psalms sung in corporate worship? Precious little. Psalmody has seen Solomon’s temple used and burned, doleful children of the covenant marched to Babylon and jubilantly returning, the Son of God incarnate humiliated and exalted,…

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The Underlying (Doctrinal) Reasons for Separation

At bottom, the Reformation of 1857 that gave birth to the Christian Reformed Church was doctrinal. The reason our spiritual fathers formed a new denomination rather than remaining in the Reformed Church of America was doctrine: the truth of God’s Word, theology. Separation for non-doctrinal reasons is hardly justifiable, to…

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Confessions and Catechism Preaching in the Reformation of 1857

Semper Reformanda! Always reforming! Just as the life of the believer is one of progres­sive sanctification, so the life of the church should be one of continual reformation. The opposite for the believer is spiritual deterioration. The opposite for the church is apostasy. Was the formation of the Christian Reformed…

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The Lodge—“This Foreign Plant upon Holy Soil”

Unsettling Reports Among the issues that prompted a number of the churches of the Holland Classis of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) to withdraw and establish what would become the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) was the issue of lodge membership, particularly the lodge of the Freemasons. The Freemasons is…

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Rome and Politics (8): Rome’s Syncretism with Pagan Religions

Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2009, p. 352. Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (1965) Given the Roman Church’s false ecumenism with the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants, it is no…

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Rome and Politics (6): Rome’s False Ecumenism with Protestants

Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: January 15, 2009, p. 179. Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism (1964) is the Roman Catholic Church’s blueprint for restoring all professing Christians—especially the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants—to the papal fold. This will also…

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Rome and Politics (7): Rome’s Ecumenical Methods with Protestants

Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2009, p. 206. Having considered Rome’s false ecumenism with Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, and Protestantism, as well as the principles of Roman ecumenism, it remains to examine the methods of its…

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Rome and Politics (5): Rome’s False Ecumenism with Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism

Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: December 15, 2008, p. 138. Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism (1964) The most official, systematic, and widely accessible statement of the Roman Catholic Church’s false ecumenism is Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism (1964). The…

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