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All Articles For Pamphlet Concerning the Reformation of the Church

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(In the last paragraph Kuyper has concluded his discussion of how an individual engages in church reformation and finally makes a break with his church when such church reformation proves impossible from within: In, the following paragraph, Kuyper goes on to discuss the whole concept of the true and the false church for reasons which he himself gives.)

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(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 is called to enforce both tables of the law, he insists that the magistrate has not the right to punish the heretic with capital punishment.) 63. Concerning Reformations Which Already Exist and Their Distinct Character. Because the Reformation of the sixteenth century is usually considered to be the Reformation, many live under...

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[In this paragraph Kuyper is discussing reformations in Scripture and in history. In the last installment he has spoken of reformations in the Old Testament. He now speaks of reformations in the New Testament and in history.) After the fall of the kings until Jesus’ public ministry we read in Scripture of three more reformations. The first came about when Zerubbabel led the exiled church back to Palestine and was with Joshua instrumental in the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. The second happened when Ezra and Nehemiah rose up with fiery courage to stifle at its inception the corruption which once...

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(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 Independentistic or Congregational form of church government.) 

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(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 the King exercises authority through men, and only this mediate authority is relevant here.” Thus, he now turns to a discussion of mediate authority.) 

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(In the last installment Kuyper has spoken of the authority which belongs to the office of believers in the church and the authority which belongs to the special offices in the church. He has discussed this question in a very general way and reserved particular discussion of it for future paragraphs. He now turns his attention briefly to the relationship between the authority of the church and the authority of the magistrates.) 21. How This Authority of the Churches Is Related to the Authority Of the Magistrate.

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(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 Spirit in the office.) 12. In What Way the Holy Spirit Binds Together the Earthly Office With the Heavenly Messiah-Office of King Jesus. 

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