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“These articles, relating to the lawful order of the church, have been so drafted and adopted by common consent, that they (if the profit of the churches demand otherwise) may and ought to be altered, augmented or diminished. However, no particular congregation, classis (or synod), shall be at liberty to do so, but they shall show all diligence in observing them, until it be otherwise ordained by the general synod.”  —Article 86 D.K.O. 

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“Secret sins of which the sinner repents, after being admonished by one person in private or in the presence of two or three witnesses, shall not be laid before the consistory.” Art. 73, D.K.O. “If any one, having been admonished in love concerning a secret sin by two or three persons, does not give heed, or otherwise has committed a public sin, the matter shall be reported to the consistory.” Art. 74, D.K.O. It will be evident that Articles 73 and 74 of the Church Order, quoted above, are closely related. They both deal with the manner in which the...

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“The reconciliation of all such sins as are of their nature of a public character, or have become public because the admonition of the church was despised, shall take place (upon sufficient evidence of repentance) in such a manner as the consistory shall deem conducive to the edification of each church. Whether in particular cases this shall take place in public, shall, when there is a difference of opinion about it in the consistory, be considered with the advice of two neighboring churches or of the classis.” —Article 75, D.K.O. When sin has been committed within the church and that...

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“Such as obstinately reject the admonition of the consistory, and likewise those who have committed a public or otherwise gross sin, shall be suspended from the Lord’s Supper. And if he, having been suspended, after repeated admonitions, shows no signs of repentance, the consistory shall at last proceed to the extreme remedy, namely, excommunication, agreeably to the form adopted for that purpose according to the Word of God. But no one shall be excommunicated except with the advice of the classis.”  —Article 76, D.K.O.  “After the suspension from the Lord’s table, and subsequent admonitions, and before proceeding to excommunication, the...

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The seventy-seventh article of the Church Order outlines the steps or procedure that is to be followed in excommunicating the impenitent sinner from the church. It must be remembered that this is not apunishment of sin but it is the final means used in an attempt by the church to save the sinner from the inevitable punishment which God Himself will surely inflict. The church does not inflict punishment for sin. She leaves that to God. In civil spheres, since the state is given the sword power, a specific punishment is written upon the statute books for every violation of law...

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We have taken cognizance of Rev. Hoeksema’s editorial comment in the January 15th issue of The Standard Bearer relative to our writing on the hymn matter in connection with Article 69 of the Church Order. We will not, however, at this time interrupt our present discussion to reflect upon these editorial comments but choose to continue to discuss the history of this question as it has been an issue before our Synod especially the last three years. Later we hope to comment upon all that our esteemed editor has written on this question during this same time. But this must wait until...

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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. “Furthermore, among the gross sins which are worthy of being punished with suspension or deposition from office, these are the principal ones: false doctrine or heresy, public schism, public blasphemy, simony, faithless desertion of office or intrusion upon that of another, perjury, adultery, fornication, theft, acts of violence, habitual drunkenness, brawling, filthy lucre; in short, all sins and gross offenses as render the perpetrators infamous before the world, and which in any private member of the church would be considered worthy of excommunication.” Church Order, Article...

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We must return once more to the report of the Synodical Study Committee and its report to the Synod of 1960 on the hymn matter. In addition to the committee’s historical and exegetical survey of the hymn question, it includes in its report a section entitled “Conclusions Of Your Committee.” To this section we will direct the attention of our readers in the present article. Although the committee readily grants “that the singing of the hymn in public worship is nowhere expressly forbidden in Scripture and neither is there an express command that the hundred fifty Psalms shall be sung...

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“Whenever anyone who has been excommunicated desires to become reconciled to the church in the way of repentance, it shall be announced to the congregation, either before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper; or at some other opportune time, in order that (in as far: as no one can mention anything against him to the contrary) he may with profession of his conversion be publicly reinstated, according to the form for that purpose.”  —Article 78, D.K.O. When all other attempts to save the sinner have: failed the final step of excommunication is applied. This step also is designed and purposes...

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