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.The GKN on the Nature and the Authority of Scripture (4) Thus far we have seen, first, that the very method and approach of the Report/Decision of the GKN concerning the nature of the authority of Scripture is radically wrong. This method and approach are philosophical. The Report apparently assumes that as philosophy’s conception of “truth” changes, the church’s understanding of the inspiration and authority of Scripture also changes.

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The approaching end of our first semester at our Protestant Reformed Seminary and the beginning of the second served to remind me that two of our present five seminary students expect to graduate this year, the Lord willing. That also means that after this year our churches will have only three students left in our seminary department (There are none in the pre-sem department at present.), and these three will be three years away from graduation (1986). 

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As I write this, the end of the year 1980 is approaching. I am reminded of the fact that with the retirement of two more of our older ministers, our churches have in a sense reached the end of an era.  I refer, of course, to the fact that during this past year the Rev. Robert C. Harbach and the Rev. John A. Heys attained the status of minister emeritus in our churches.  It is not my intention to repeat the various biographical details which were included in this year’s synodical Yearbook. These are available to all our families in...

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Being a treasurer of an organization is, I suppose, usually considered to be a rather staid and prosaic job, rather routine and dull. After all, it involves, for the most part, keeping accurate records of a lot of dull figures.  But there is great benefit for any organization in having a good treasurer. And this is especially true, I think, when it comes to our denominational, or synodical, treasurer. 

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After reluctant farewells at the Launceston airport, we began to make our way .northward to mainland Australia, and eventually to Brisbane, in the southern part of the large state of Queensland. There were two attractions to the north: the one was the warmer weather (sounds strange to us of the northern hemisphere, doesn’t it, that warmer weather is to the north), and the other was renewal of acquaintances with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Brisbane and their young pastor, Rev. Chris Coleborn.

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. Although our stay in Singapore was relatively brief, too brief to make as thorough acquaintance with the young brothers and sisters of the GLTS as we might have liked, and too brief to gain as great an understanding of the work there as we would have liked, yet we were able to gain a considerable acquaintance with the work there. This was partly because of our opportunity for fellowship and conversation with Pastor and Mrs.

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Two successive issues of Clarion, The Canadian Reformed Magazine (Jan. 14 and Jan. 28, 1983) have carried a transcript of an address by the Rev. D. DeJong to a Christian Reformed Elders Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta. The address is entitled “A Canadian Reformed View of the Christian Reformed Church.” As the title suggests, the Rev. De Jong is a Canadian Reformed (Liberated) minister. According to his own testimony in the course of the address, he came to Canada and to the so-called Liberated Churches there in 1963.

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2010, p. 172. In the new dispensation, the truth that God has entrusted to the church is constantly under attack. God has graciously given the Reformed church confessions for a solid wall of defense against Satan’s attempts to introduce heresy into the church. The Reformed church has learned from history how evil men, though claiming to be Reformed, have yet tried to bring in damnable heresies. The Formula of Subscription (FOS) was adopted as a means to preserve the truth of the confessions. Any church that intends to be Reformed must maintain the...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2010, p. 148. The Formula (or Form) of Subscription (FOS) is a form that Reformed churches require all their officebearers to sign. These churches do so because they love the Reformed faith, and thus determine to adhere to the adopted confessions—to Reformed confessions. The heart of the form is this promise: We not only believe what the confessions teach, we will uphold and defend them. The FOS was formulated by churches in the Netherlands—churches in the thick of the battle for the truth of the Reformation. The history of the form indicates the...

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