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Acts of the Synod of Dordrecht: Historical Foreword (7)

(Connection: In the preceding section we saw Gomarus, accompanied by several of his fellow ministers, debating against Arminius, accompanied by several of his fellows. The subject was the various points of doctrine about which they disagreed. The conference was held in the presence of the States. At the conclusion of…

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Acts of the Synod of Dordrecht: Historical Foreword (10)

(Connection: In the last installment we saw the conflict become more intense. In some parts of the country actual separation began to take place, and even the formation of so-called “nood-gemeenten” (emergency congregations). Meanwhile, Simon Episcopius, on advice of the Remonstrants, was called to the Academy of Leiden. Again pleas…

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Acts of the Synod of Dordrecht

(In the previous installment we learned about another conference, urged by WiIlem Lodewijk, Count of Nassau and Governor of Friesland, between three representatives of the Remonstrants, led by Johannes Uitenbogaard, and three representatives of the Reformed, led by Festus Hommius. The Remonstrants sought toleration for their views—no strings attached. The…

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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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A Pamphlet on the Reformation of the Church

(In the last paragraph Kuyper has begun chapter 3 of this pamphlet which deals with the deformation of the church. Kuyper introduced this general subject with a discussion of various kinds of imperfect churches: mission churches, churches under persecution, and aggrieved churches.)  37. How the Deformation Of the Churches Is…

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

56. Concerning Reformation Through A Break With The Existing Church.  It is more important, if that is possible, that reformation by means of a break with the church has the conviction of sin and guilt as its point of departure, than in reformation through spiritual revival and gradual church renewal. …

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A Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

(Kuyper is, in this paragraph, discussing church reformation as it involves a break with the denomination. Reformation always begins with an individual or with individuals in a local congregation, but always continually involves the denomination as a whole. The role of a minister is always more serious than that of…

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