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Throughout the ages, the church has had to contend for the faith over against many wrong conceptions of the Scriptures. Man, who would exalt self rather than God, sinfully has set forth doctrines that attempt to confuse. But the Bible is simple and clear, and the simple truth of the Scriptures has always brought comfort and strength to God’s children. When there is an attempt to introduce error into the midst of the church it is introduced by the setting forth of their devious tenets in the most abstract and confusing language possible.

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In this article, I would like to consider the truth as given to us by our God in a particular text of Scripture. It is a Word of God that is especially appropriate to consider in the days in which we are called to live: The text is Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” 

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Dearly Beloved, the reformed Christian is in danger of losing all that he has held dear in faith. There is an attempt to take from God’s children the Scriptures as the Word of God—normative for faith and walk. This is being done today by those professing a need for and a desire for a “new hermeneutic.” These are strong charges, you might say. Is this really true? Is there really such a danger with the desiring of a new way of interpreting the Bible? (Hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpreting the Bible.) Recently in Edmonton, Dr.

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(Editor’s Note: I received the following letter for publication in our magazine. I publish it in the belief that it will foster our contacts with the OPC of New Zealand and of Christchurch in particular. Mr. Andrew W. Young, the writer, is an elder in the Session of the, Christchurch congregation. You will also be interested to know that he has recently turned down a professorship in Lincoln College at Christchurch in order to begin training for the ministry at our seminary. He and his wife, Nola, hope to arrive in Grand Rapids, the Lord willing, during May.) 

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Do you witness? Are you a witness? These are questions that are often asked in many churches in our day. Oftentimes these questions are asked from a wrong point of view. They are asked from the point of view that the decision to witness or not to witness depends on man. Whether or not a man witnesses is not the question. All men witness of the life that is in them. They are either witnesses of God or of the devil. All men have not the ability to witness of God because all have not the works of God’s grace...

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An outstanding feature of the Scripture’s teaching concerning the church is the importance of faithfulness to the truth of God’s Word, and to the sound doctrinal preaching of the Word. The life of the church is dependent upon Christ’s Word. But today there is a forsaking of true Scriptural preaching and teaching. This is detrimental to the church, and in fact brings it to destruction if persistently followed. It is well that we consider our ways also, in the light of the teaching of God’s Word concerning the church.

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Ichabod! The glory has departed! Let that never be said of this church! That was the thrust of Prof. Herman Hanko’s moving sermon at the official dedication of the new church building of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC) in Northern Ireland (5 August, 2010). The Ballymena congregation was joined on this special occasion by family and friends, neighbors, our building contractor and quantity surveyor, as well as saints from the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) in America and the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF), plus Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany. In fact, this was the first CPRC service attended by Anganeta...

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The Lord wonderfully instructs His church in prayer by means of the “Lord’s Prayer.” In the first three petitions He teaches the church to use prayer to glorify God, to extol Him, and to be concerned above all with that glory. This is especially true of the third petition. And as we turn our attention to the will of Jehovah, we will note that the will of God eternally is to glorify Himself in the highest possible way through Christ and His church. And all things in this creation, as well as all creatures, come under this eternal purpose of...

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1. In the trends he promotes. Witchcraft, spiritism, fortune-telling, astrology—things of the ancient Dark Ages past—right? Thirty years ago, right! but today? Wrong! far from it! For the masses of people deny the doctrine of divine revelation and providence, turning, instead, to these occult “sciences,” so that a revival of them appears under the guise and euphemism of para-psychology. The latter claims to be a new science, but it deals in the old field of the psychic, the metaphysical in the sense of supernatural phenomena.

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