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Ronald J. Van Overloop is a missionary-pastor of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Northwest Chicago. The calling of the individual believer to witness is as Biblical and Reformed as is the calling of the Church to preach the Gospel. There are dangers and pitfalls into which the unwary can easily fall. The danger of heresy comes quickly through false zeal and unscriptural methods. But these dangers do not bring the calling to an end. They may make one cautious, but they may not be allowed to lessen the Divine mandate. Consider an example. Occasioned by the request of the children...

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God created Adam free. This does not mean that Adam was free to obey or not as he chose, for the power to choose sin is not freedom. It means that Adam had the right, the power, and the will to obey. Man’s freedom is always found within the bounds of the law. The fish is not free to live on the land, and the tree is not free to live apart from the soil. Just so man was not created free to obey or not as he chose, but to obey. In disobedience there is, not freedom, but death...

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David J. Engelsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Preceding articles in this series have sketched the Biblical teaching concerning the divine call of sinners to salvation. It was shown that Scripture distinguishes between the call of the elect and the call that comes to the reprobate, and wherein the distinction consists. The last article concluded: Holding this Biblical doctrine of the call, the Protestant Reformed Churches are constrained to repudiate the “well-meant offer of the gospel.” By the “well-meant offer of the gospel” is meant the conception of the preaching of-the holy gospel, in...

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(A BIBLE FOR WHICH MEN DIED—continued)  But even more than the Greek New Testament, the Roman Church feared the translation of the Bible into the language of the people. In the Translators’ Preface to the Reader we find the following reference to this attitude of the Roman Church: “So much are they afraid of the light of the Scripture that they will not trust the people with it, no not as it is set forth by their own sworn men, no not with the License of their own Bishops and Inquisitors.

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It probably will not strike us that we treat Sunday worship like watching a sporting event. But we do come, sometimes, to be entertained, rather than to worship; to see what we can get out of it, rather than to bring offerings of praise. And if we are not sufficiently entertained, we would almost be bold enough to complain as some would for a refund or a rain-delay check. Instead of being the active participants in the worship, we sit back and wait for a good show. When we worship, though, we are neither spectators nor are we sporting. On...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. In a previous article (see the October 15, 2000 issue), we treated the history of the Scotch Confession of Faith. That article appeared in the special Reformation issue, October 15, 2000. It may be helpful to reread that article for the background to the present one. In this article, we want to look more closely at the contents of the Scotch Confession. Overview of Contents The Scotch Confession contains all of the important truths common to the creeds that were written in the Reformation era. It affirms all...

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The late Gerrit Vos was a pastor in the PRC and for many years a writer for the SB. We reprint here an article of his which appeared in the December 1 issue in 1958. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 … and on earth peace…. Luke 2:14 b … The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 b Higher criticism delights to find contradictions in the Bible. Well, the above texts seem to teach such. On the one hand we have heard the song of...

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Rev. Hanko is missionary-pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Introduction In the previous article we looked at what Knox wrote about the covenant in relation to baptism. We saw that in those writings his doctrine of predestination dominated, so that his view of the covenant, though not fully developed, was there soundly biblical, the emphasis being on the eternal and unbreakable character of that covenant and its establishment with the elect only. In this article we hope to show that in his other writings, particularly his political writings, he went in another, less biblical direction and...

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Rev. Coleborn is a pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Part 1 of this continued article appeared in the preceding issue of the SB. Summary of the Church Order The main subjects that the Book of Discipline and the Book of Common Order dealt with are as follows:   The Officebearers of the Church   The offices of Christ’s church according to God’s Word were recognized as ministers, elders, and deacons. Two temporary offices were also allowed, to meet the abnormal situation in the Reformed Church of Scotland at that time, when there was an acute shortage of...

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