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The subject of this article as seen in the title certainly is not new to the believing child of God. Prayer occupies a very large part of our lives. This is true of all the saints of all ages, from the beginning of time to the present, till Christ’s return upon the clouds of heaven. That the saints of the Old Dispensation were a praying people is evident immediately upon looking in God’s Holy Word.

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(This essay was prepared for the Officebearers’ Conference held in October, 1977 at Faith Church, Jenison, Mich. It was prepared for publication in theStandard Bearer at the request of those present at the conference. It will appear in the Standard Bearer in two successive installments.)  I would define Christian liberty as the privilege and the ability to serve God in love with our whole life and being. 

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Today’s society is one in which the specialist plays an important role. In almost every sphere of labor one must have received a great amount of special training in order to be known as a professional in his field. As a result, much of the simple way of life as we once knew it has vanished. For example, instead of the one-room school house of long ago wherein could be found only one teacher who instructed all the grades, many schools today embrace a large faculty of teachers, each specializing in his own field. The same has become true in...

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The truth of the communion of the saints is far more than merely an abstract doctrine that we only confess with our mouth. It is a blessed, practical, spiritual reality for the saints of God that is begun here on earth and shall be perfected in glory. This article of our faith involves many important implications for the calling of the individual saints of God. How often do we think of ourselves as members of the communion of the saints? We are not merely so many individual members of the church of Jesus Christ.

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The theme of this article expresses the earnest inquiry of many concerning the nature of Scripture. But the theme has a tremendous weakness, for it implies something about one’s approach to Scripture. The theme would leave the impression that one is in doubt concerning who it might be that was the author of Scripture. But be assured that for us the matter is settled. We believe that the Bible is in its entirety the Word of God. We hold that the Bible is the authoritative, infallibly inspired Word of God. 

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The church is one. She is one in Jesus Christ her Lord. This is one of her most beautiful attributes. The unity of the church is from eternity. She is one because she was chosen as one body in Christ Jesus from before the foundations of the world. She is one because she has her life and salvation out of the one Jesus Christ. She is one because she is called and gathered by the one Word and Spirit of Christ. She is one because she is gathered as one organism centrally from the line of the generations of believers...

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Christian liberty, therefore, is simply this, that we willingly walk in the narrow confines of God’s commandments and find our happiness there. To our flesh this sounds like a paradox: a liberty which subjects itself to the cruelest taskmaster possible. Our flesh often rebels, kicks the traces, breaks away from the narrow limits of the law. In fact, when the law says, “Do not touch!” we say, “I want to touch; who says I can’t?” There is always the urge to test the wet paint sign, or deliberately to oppose the “Keep off the grass” sign by walking on the...

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In the previous article, we briefly introduced our subject and presented the reader a two-fold thesis. Further we discussed the idea of priestcraft, which feeds upon the teaching that the Bible is an obscure book. Very briefly we outlined Martin Luther’s escape from Roman Catholic priestcraft and took cognizance of Luther’s doctrine of Scripture in as far as it touches upon the matter under discussion. We saw that Luther boldly denied the Romish doctrine that the Bible is obscure in its meaning and we noted that Luther rejected priestcraft. 

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(Editor’s Note: This article was submitted for possible placement in the Standard Bearer by Mr. Bernie Postma, member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Because of the importance of the subject of the Dooyeweerdian Philosophy and the related AACS, or “Toronto,” Movement, we are placing it in two installments. As is always the case, placement does not imply endorsement by the Standard Bearer or its editor.)

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