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Rev. Houck is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lynwood, Illinois. (In the previous article we pointed out that in the preaching, God Himself speaks, and that the Word which He speaks is a twofold power – a power that brings salvation to the elect, and a power by which the reprobate wicked are hardened. Further, we began to note that that power is not dependent on the eloquence of the preacher; for the natural man is in himself spiritually incapable of receiving the preaching, no matter how persuasive. We concluded that article by affirming that “if a person...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Tolerance is the buzzword of the day. We are told that we must tolerate the ideas, words, and actions of each and every segment of society. We may not pass judgment on the character of other people, but must accept them the way they are. What our elected officials do in their private lives must not influence our view of their qualifications for public office. We must accept the lifestyle of homosexuals as (viable!) alternatives to ours. We must cater to the whims and wishes of the...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. In the previous article we examined the prevalent view that we are not to pass judgment on the ideas and practices of others but are to tolerate and approve their ideas and practices. That this view is present even in the church is due to the fact that the church has lost her consciousness of God’s holiness. We evaluated this view as dangerous, godless, and unscriptural. In this article we will examine the Scripture passages which are pertinent to the issue, in order to understand that God...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Northern Ireland Reflecting on his first year as missionary in Northern Ireland, Rev. Ronald Hanko noted that “things have gone so well that it is difficult at times to see anything negative.” What was Rev. Hanko talking about? About his work as missionary, surely – for he wrote the above in connection with his observation that the Word had been eagerly received, and that the Lord had opened many doors for him and for the Covenant Reformed Fellowship (CRF). But we think he intended more. In fact, from the monthly reports...

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Greetings to the readers of the Standard Bearer! For those who do not have access to the Acts of the PRC Synod, or who do not keep up with the reading, allow us to inform (or remind) you that the Foreign Mission Committee (FMC) is staffed by ministers and elders from the congregations in Edger-ton, MN, and Doon and Hull, IA, as has been the case from its formation. The FMC is thankful for the opportunity to be involved in the great calling of Christ’s church, namely, sending forth the gospel to the ends of the earth. Our desire and...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. About a year ago, when I was participating in a series of lectures here in Singapore on the “Reformed View of Missions,” a brother asked me whether I favored the kelong method of missions or the net. The question was an example of cross-cultural frustration, for I didn’t know what he was talking about. After a few attempts to explain, of which I understood very little, Pastor Lau came to the rescue and briefly explained the difference and how they related to each other. It surely is helpful to have an...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. There is a strong movement in our day to legitimize the sin of homosexuality. The homosexuals (or gays, as they are called) have not only come out of the closet, but are demanding public acceptance of their homosexuality. They defend their life-style as an “alternative life-style.” And they insist that their homosexuality be respected as a legitimate “sexual preference.” A great deal of interest in the gay rights movement has been sparked recently on account of the adoption by the citizens of Colorado of Amendment 2 which prohibits...

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Rev. Cammengs is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Some Statistics The statistics relating to homosexuality are shocking. Not only do the statistics bring out the seriousness of this perversion, but plain for all to see is the judgment of God associated with this sin. Even from a human point of view, there is every reason to be appalled at the consequences of homosexuality. If only from a medical standpoint, everything ought to be done to rid our society of this menacing evil. That the homosexuals prefer to be referred to as “gays” is surely one of...

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. At the outset we wish to assert as strongly as possible that lack of assurance in the experience of the believer is abnormal. Doubt concerning one’s salvation is not the norm of the believer’s life. And certainly the lack of assurance of salvation is not a sign of a deep spirituality. There are those in the Reformed tradition who teach that doubt or the lack of the assurance of salvation is an indication of spirituality, so that the more one doubts, the more deeply spiritual that person is....

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Mr. Sugg is an elder in Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Houston, Texas. Whenever the word “suicide” in its literal sense appears, it causes disquieting dread, a dread of death, of death deliberate and appalling. Suicide is always a human tragedy. It is often the cause of yet other human sufferings. It is sometimes simply unexplainable. It is occasionally seen as sin. But it is only rarely seen as a sin that can be wholly contained within the heart of a believer. This is an important focus of this paper. Thus a basic premise of these remarks is that sin...

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