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The Four Blood Moons When the moon passes directly behind the earth, and the sun, earth and moon are in direct alignment, there is a lunar eclipse. Because in a total lunar eclipse the moon has a reddish glow, it is sometimes called a “blood moon.” In recent years and months, John Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church, San Antonio, Texas, has been fueling speculation of something significant happening on the date of these blood moons. His theory is as follows. First, God has given the sun, moon, and stars as “signs” (Gen. 1:14). Hagee interprets these signs to be God’s...

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Pope Francis’ First Visit to the U.S. “As Francis makes his first U.S. visit, his emphasis on serving the poor over enforcing doctrine has inspired joy and anxiety in Roman Catholics”—that is the subheading of an article on Pope Francis by Robert Draper in the August issue of National Geographic. The new pope visited the United States for the first time in his life September 23-27, 2015. On the docket, according to the August 31 issue of Time, were two days in Washington D.C. to visit President Obama and discuss their shared values, such as responding to global warming and...

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The Decision On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States redefined marriage and effectively legalized homosexual marriages in all 50 states. The next day Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. explained the decision: Everything has changed and nothing has changed. The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday is a central assault upon marriage as the conjugal union of a man and a woman and in a five to four decision the nation’s highest court has now imposed its mandate redefining marriage on all fifty states. As Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent, “The majority’s decision is an act of...

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The Irish Vote for “Same Sex Marriage” I reside in Ireland. Therefore, it is natural that I should report on the recent “Marriage Equality Referendum” here. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first nation in the world to redefine (defile, profane) marriage by a popular vote in a referendum. Every other nation, including the USA (on which I will not comment), gave “marriage” rights to homosexuals and lesbians either by a majority vote of the legislature or by judicial fiat. In Ireland, the citizens chose to redefine (defile, profane) marriage in their own Constitution. Let that sink in— Ireland’s...

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De Reformatie Ceases Publication The last issue of De Reformatie appeared on December 30, 2014 after ninety-plus years of publication (1920-2014).1 Some of the readers of the Standard Bearer know what De Reformatie was. But I suspect that many of the younger readers do not know. De Reformatie (The Reformation) was the Dutch church paper edited for many years by Dr. Klaas Schilder, a Reformed pastor and theologian who, after being ousted from the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (GKN) in 1944, helped form a new denomination that still exists today, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (“Liberated”). On the...

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Canadian Reformed Creation Overture Do the Reformed Confessions, in particular the Three Forms of Unity, leave room for theistic evolution, that is, for the notion that God used a process of evolution to bring the world into being? And do the Reformed Confessions allow for the teaching that Adam had hominid ancestors, who lived and died before sin entered into the world? And is this a ‘gospel issue’? By God’s grace, the Protestant Reformed Churches and her sister churches have consistently rejected every form of theistic evolution. Every officebearer affirms the historicity of Genesis 1-11. We have not even had...

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PC-USA’s Tolerance of Homosexuality becomes Official The news media covered this story well, so many of our readers already know about it. But it is still worthwhile to take note of the Presbyterian Church-USA’s official redefinition of marriage that approves homosexual unions. Holly Yan of CNN reports:1 The country’s largest Presbyterian denomination has changed its definition of marriage to include gay couples—though not explicitly. Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment to its constitution after most of its 171 presbyteries—or governing bodies—voted for it, PC (USA) said Tuesday. Before, the definition said marriage was between “a man and a woman.” The...

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The Ashers Bakery Case I wonder who might have predicted decades ago that the homosexual lobby would be the chief persecutors of Christians in the Western world. Who would have imagined that it would be homosexual advocacy groups who would most endanger freedom of speech and religion? And who might have thought that marriage would be the battleground, with bakers, florists, and photographers under pressure to conform to this world? “Gay marriage” (I use inverted commas advisedly, because Christians do not recognize such a thing) is now legal in many nations, and the US Supreme Court will make a ruling...

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Out of the Frying Pan… Five congregations in Illinois have completed the process of leaving the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and joining the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). I mentioned in an earlier report about the exit of these congregations from the RCA that I hoped they would explain the grounds for their action sometime in the future. Ben Kappers, lead pastor of the First PCA of Lansing, IL (formerly First RCA), explained why he and his congregation left the RCA in an article published on February 12, 2015 (before the March 1 publication of my previous report but...

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As previous contributors to this rubric have documented, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) exonerated teaching elder and Federal Vision (FV) advocate, Dr. Peter J. Leithart.1 Leithart remains a member and a minister in the PCA. Let me remind you of the case: By his advocacy of the FV, Leithart was accused of teaching views that are not in accordance with the Westminster Standards, the confessions of the PCA. The presbytery of Pacific North West exonerated him. When the presbytery’s decision was challenged, the presbytery rejected the complaint and referred it to the Standing Judicial Committee (SJC) of the PCA,...

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