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The church of Jesus Christ, as the body of Christ, is holy. So we confess together in the “Apostles Creed.” When we say the church is holy, we mean that both as to her calling and in respect to her virtue she is holy. The church is consecrated unto God. The church is such in principle, in and of grace alone. Her holiness is the gift of grace. Thus neither with respect to her spiritual virtue of holiness, nor with respect to her calling, may she exalt herself. The church is holy only in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

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Does the subject of the title strike you as a strange question? Do we really have a need for such an institution? Do you really understand what it takes to be a Protestant Reformed teacher? I think that there is more involved than we may first think. I had not given the subject much thought until I had opportunity to visit with a young man from one of our congregations who was considering going into Christian Education. This young man related to me some of the soul vexing experiences that he had gone through at one of the existing Christian...

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Without a strong hand at the helm, a ship drifts, and washes about in the sea, whether the sea is calm or rough. When there is this strong hand, the wind, though it be blowing almost directly against the ship, helps to push that ship forward.  Essentially, contentment is to be independent. It is an internal independence of external circumstances. Of course, it is not an independence in our relationship to God, for we must learn in all of our life that we are DEPENDENT upon God. 

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ture that it is Moses’ understanding of the truth or Matthew’s interpretation of the truth or Paul’s reaction to the truth but never the truth per se. You see, cultural and historical circumstances that surround a statement of the Bible determine how it is to be understood. The new hermeneutic insists that one give full due to the human side as well as the divine side of the Scripture.  We could go on and on to show how the new hermeneutic manifests itself in the churches, but let this serve to show the very seriousness of this error. 

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One of the most significant phenomena of the modern church world is the increasing predominance of fundamentalism. We often see fundamentalist churches growing rapidly while those churches which hold to the truly Reformed faith are often declining or struggling to maintain an existence. Furthermore we often see many who have, been historically Reformed leave the Reformed Churches for such fundamentalistic churches.

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In our last article we discussed the major difference between the Reformed and Fundamentalist positions. Those differences can best be summed up in that we as Reformed insist on maintaining what we call a Reformed heritage of the doctrine of the scriptures. We insist that we must understand scripture in the fight of that heritage. We insist that this heritage be preserved in the creeds of the church, that it must be passed down from generation to generation.

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At the last Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches, a decision was taken which directly affects the financing of the mission work of the churches. It was a rather momentous decision, a departure from the ordinary practice of the churches to raise necessary funding through Synodical assessments. Yet few have been made aware of the decision. The Acts of the last Synod (at the time of the writing of this article) have not yet been distributed. The consistories have been informed of the decision under consideration, but even there some misunderstanding has arisen.

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In the Apostles’ Creed we confess to believe that the Holy Catholic Church is the “Communion of the Saints.” Both from a doctrinal and practical point of view this is a wonderful and blessed aspect of the doctrine of the church as it is taught us in the scriptures. This truth views the church from the aspect of the spiritual fellowship the church as a whole has with God in Christ Jesus and the mutual fellowship that lives among the members.

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