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I am writing concerning your Editorial in the March 1, 2009 Standard Bearer. Please understand I greatly respect you, the SB, and the PRC. I have been a reader and subscriber for over thirty years. So in that frame of reference I am criticizing what I see as several errors in your March 1st Editorial. 1. The creeds are not the work of the Holy Spirit. They are man’s words summarizing particular biblical doctrines. 2. Some (like me) can “honestly dispute” that the same charge holds true for present day officers of churches as it did for the apostles. 3. We are dealing with...

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Church Membership—Optional? In the April 1 issue of the Standard Bearer a reader tells us that he “…can’t find a passage of Scripture that states we must do anything other (or additional) than believe on Jesus Christ for salvation.” He need not look any further than the book of Ephesians, where we read, “…Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Eph. 5:25). Now if Christ loves the church and gave Himself for it, does He also love those outside the church? Did He give Himself for them as well? The answer must be “no,” by logical inference; otherwise we would...

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On Nailed Tent Pegs In the April 15 SB Rev. Koole questions why a like-minded son or daughter of Father Abraham would even think of not participating fully in PR communal schools and would choose to homeschool instead. By its very nature, faith leads a man to where God wants him to be, not necessarily to where other men think he ought to be. This is what truly makes a man a son of Abraham. Consequently, what appears to be folly to man may, in fact, be the wisdom of God. Much faith and even greater love, however, is required to fully accept differentiated...

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Excess Introspection Your editorial on Jean Taffin’s little book [The Marks of God’s Children, Baker, 2003] in the August 2003 Standard Bearer was a blessing. Especially I was heartened to find another who so well described my feelings about excess introspection combined with a deficit of trust, joy, assurance, and praise. I have put the editorial in my assurance file. It should also guide me away from some “Reformed” preachers and groups. Lewis Price Batesville, AR Lying Please allow me to make a few remarks on the matter of lying, addressed in SB of April 15, 2003, p. 322, and...

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The “Witness” of Matthew 18 Please have Rev. Daniel Kleyn complete his article [“The Neglected Admonition,” Standard Bearer, Dec. 15, 1999]. Don’t “neglect” to explain exactly what is meant as “witness.” It cannot necessarily mean witness to the sin against the brother. I was involved in a situation like this and accompanied the offended brother as a “witness.” To make a long story short, I left the PCA because of what transpired. I am very interested in what the author has to say about the “witness” and his responsibilities. Emmett O’Donnell Fulshear, Texas Response: The Standard Bearer article referred to...

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Hard Stands Thank you for your useful work Common Grace Revisited, originally a series of editorials in the Standard Bearer (March 15, 2002 — December 1, 2002). I am a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and have struggled with the doctrine of common grace ever since I read A.W. Pink’s book The Attributes of God. I am especially grateful for your work in light of the desire of many within the church to blur the line between the church and the world. I am especially impressed with (or depressed by) the quotations of Mouw and Smedes at the end,...

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Ironic Site Selection As the Protestant Reformed Churches prepare for the celebration of our seventy-fifth anniversary, I wonder if anyone else sees the irony in the selection of this place to celebrate? If the Lutheran churches had celebrated their anniversary at the Vatican seventy-five years after the theses had been nailed to the church door, that esteemed professor of theology who had nailed the ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg would have nailed them to the wall and then dieted on the worms. I pray that our denomination remains faithful to the truth and that...

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The Real Scandal I just read your editorial, “The Hillsdale Scandal” (Standard Bearer, March 15, 2000), and wanted to express my appreciation for a timely and perceptive contribution. I didn’t have a lot of data about all that occurred, World magazine being one of my main sources. I do, however, concur with your pointing to the “real scandal” and pray that it will be effective in pointing us to God’s holy requirements. Thanks. (Dr.) Carl W. Bogue Akron, Ohio

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Baptism by Women In the article, “Invalid Baptism by Women,” in the Standard Bearer of 1 March 2000 you take a position that seems to go beyond what the Bible by necessary consequence would demand. With you, I wholeheartedly enjoin that for baptism the application of water in the name of the triune God is required, as well as that women are not lawfully called to be ministers. It must be admitted that WCF, ch. 28.2; Second Helvetic Confession, ch. 20; the Bremen Consensus; and the Scottish Confession of Faith maintain that a sacrament is only valid when performed by...

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On a Distinctive Reformed Doctrine of Salvation I have a couple of questions and comments about “Distinctively Reformed Soteriology” by Rev. Laning in the February 15 issue of the Standard Bearer. First, at the end of the “Limited Atonement” section, we find this phrase: “…and that He did not die for those whom God had reprobated.” I find it more accurate to put it this way: “…and that He did not die for the non-elect.” The difference? I understand that we are all born as reprobates (original sin) and that only the sovereign electing love of God converts us from...

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