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Although a formal motion to do so was not passed by the synod of 1960, it appears as though the synod was inclined to go ahead with the overture of the First Church and revise Article 69 of our Church Order so as to make provision for hymns in our churches. At least when the study committee advised that the article should be revised to read: “In the churches only the 150 Psalms of David shall be sung, as also such hymns which are faithful versifications of the Holy Scriptures, in each case the General Synod being the judge,” it...

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“When ministers of the Divine Word, elders or deacons, have committed any public, gross sin, which is a disgrace to the church, or worthy of punishment by the authorities, the elders and deacons shall immediately by preceding sentence of the consistory thereof and of the nearest church, be suspended or expelled from their office, but the ministers shall only be suspended. Whether these shall be entirely deposed from office, shall be subject to the judgment of the classis, with the advice of the delegates of the (particular) synod mentioned in Article II.”  —Article 79, D.K.O. The above article treats the...

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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: March 15, 2008, p. 279. “When ministers of the divine Word, elders, or deacons have committed any public, gross sin which is a disgrace to the church or worthy of punishment by the authorities, the elders and deacons shall immediately, by preceding sentence of the consistory thereof and of the nearest Church, be suspended or expelled from their office, but the ministers shall only be suspended. Whether these shall be entirely deposed from office shall be subject to the judgment of...

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In connection with the 79th Article of the Church Order we have been discussing the matter of the suspension and deposition of office bearers because of gross or public sins. We have seen that in case an elder or deacon is found to I be guilty of such sins he is not only suspended from office but immediately deposed by the consistory in conjunction with the consistory of the nearest church.

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“Furthermore, among the gross sins, which are worthy of being punished with suspension or deposition from office, there 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.” 

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We were last discussing matters that pertain to the granting of ministerial leaves of absence. In the preceding issue of the Standard Bearer we pointed out some of the reasons for which leaves are granted; we mentioned the correct procedure to be followed in obtaining a leave; and we stated that it was quite essential that the consistory and minister concerned have a definite understanding concerning certain things at the time the leave of absence is granted.

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In this issue of The Standard Bearer we want to share with our readers an article written in 1952 by Rev. J.G. Vos of the Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter) Church. Rev. Vos is also Editor and Manager of Blue Banner Faith And Life, a quarterly publication that is devoted to “expounding, defending and applying the system of doctrine set forth in the Word of God and summarized in the Standards of this church.” Originally the article referred to appeared under the heading, “Wrong Tendencies In The Use of The Psalms” and was later republished under the caption, “Ashamed Of The Tents Of Shem?” We...

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With our readers we also will share the views of our own emeritus Professor G.M. Ophoff who in hisChurch Right writes on the 69th Article of the Church Order as follows: “1. The Psalms. In the Roman Catholic church the choir sings and the congregation was silent. Calvin also introduced singing by the congregation, and collected for it a bundle of Psalms of Clement Marot and Beza. He had the tunes composed by Louis Bourgois and Maitre Piere, and began teaching these tunes to some persons and school children. The example he set was followed by the Reformed churches generally. The...

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