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Observance of Christmas I wish to thank you for your October 15, 1994 issue on “The Reformation and Worship.” I found it a blessing and a challenge and have already made one change in our approach to worship because of it. Thanks! But, I am also writing to ask two questions. I recently received a mailing from the Presbyterian Heritage Publications of Dallas, Texas. In it they list a booklet, “Christmas: A Biblical Critique,” by Michael Schneider and Kevin Reed. This booklet begins with Pastor Schneider’s sermon, “Is Christmas Christian?” in which he challenges hearers to consider the unbiblical nature...

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Sound Works on Amillennialism I am a Primitive Baptist minister from Memphis, TN and a longtime subscriber to the Standard Bearer. I appreciated very much your series of articles on “A Defense of (Reformed) Amillennialism.” Can you recommend other works which are sound on this subject? I have some friends who are historic premillennialists, and I am trying to convince them of their error. In passing, I do not want to sound overly critical, but Andrew Fuller is not one about whom you should be saying very much in a favorable light. If you would read some of the things...

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The RCA and “The Formula of Agreement” As a member of the RCA, I read with much interest your editorial, “The Sacraments are Still an Issue” (Standard Bearer, Oct. 1, 1997). Over the last years, the Lord has steadily drawn me to what I am convinced are more biblical viewpoints on several issues than what my home denomination professes. Consequently, the recent approval of the “Formula” distresses me greatly … to the point that I can no longer be “at home” in the RCA. You are right, the “resisters'” emphasis has been the UCC stand on the homosexual issue and,...

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Read on the Web I have just finished reading the article on John Gill and hyper-Calvinism (“John Gill: Hyper-Calvinist? [A Review Article],” Standard Bearer, April 15, 1996). I want to thank you for posting this on your site and for the professor’s clear explanation of the difference between real hyper-Calvinism and what is falsely called hyper-Calvinism, that is, the denial of the so-called “sincere” or “well-meant” offer. I have not previously been acquainted with your circle of churches (I am a Reformed Baptist), but I am pleased to read of your history on this site. Thanks again for posting this...

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Unadulterated Calvinism Thank you so much for your continued excellent witness, exposition, and defense of historic, unadulterated Calvinism in the pages of the Standard Bearer. Speaking as an orthodox Calvinist (but still in the PCUSA), the SB is the only witness that I know of today that examines with clear, biblical exegesis, and discerns the precise issues of, the doctrinally muddy thinking in today’s ecclesiastical-theological events. Would you please send me a copy of the issue of the SB dealing with the prediction by Harold Camping of Christ’s coming in 1994, referred to in the September 1, 1994 issue of the...

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The Sum of Christian Doctrine Is it really true that the Heidelberg Catechism contains “the sum of Christian doctrine” as stated in the October 15, 1994 Standard Bearer, “The Good Practice of Two Services, One Given to Catechism Preaching,” by Rev. Dale Kuiper, and so often affirmed in our circles? I can think of several important doctrines not covered by the Catechism. The obvious one, of course, is the doctrine of the last times. Much of the Bible is devoted to this important subject since it is an integral part of His coming into this world. Yet the Catechism chooses to...

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Theological Honesty Regarding Infant Baptism Your recent editorial on catechism (Standard Bearer, Sept. 15, 1997) prompts me to write and query some of your assumptions. Firstly, I presume that you only attribute the qualities of election, redemption, and regeneration to the demonstrated spiritual seed of believers, because many by their behaviour in childhood are markedly still children of wrath. Therefore, you would not describe all children of believers in these terms, right? We agree that they are all encompassed in the covenant and ought to receive the sign of that; yet, we know what happened to Esau: given the sign...

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Curious Missive from Wonderland Probably not many readers of Christian Renewalread the Standard Bearer, and so I had second thoughts about replying to the articles of Engelsma in the February 1 and February 15 issues of the SB. But for the sake of those readers who get both magazines, I believe a brief reply might be helpful, especially since Engelsma goes to great lengths in trying to refute something I wrote in the December 26 issue of CR. I will try to be brief. 1.I wrote that the “PR churches informed the Alliance that for them to attend as fraternal delegates they would have...

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Not Appropriate As well-meaning as MaryBeth Lubbers’ article was on her fond memories of Miss Reitsma (“The Reformed Family: Teachers,” Standard Bearer, 9/15/96), my wife and I were offended at the lack of personal purity that some parts of the article endorsed. Mrs. Lubbers made it a point to mention Miss Reitsma’s shapeliness and fashionable clothing, going even further to say that “she was a head-turner.” No mention is made that any heads that turned were turned in wickedness, as is made very clear in Matthew 5:28: “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust...

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Appearance of Evil I always look forward to reading the Standard Bearer. And I do mean, “look forward.” I’m always behind on my reading! Thanks to Rev. Bruinsma in the September 15, 1994 issue urging us to walk a godly path in life. I like his quote highlighted on page 489. However, I’d ask that he take a second look at the word “appearance” (eidos) in I Thessalonians 5:22. I was reading in Strong’s, Vine’s, and BAGD. The passage actually exhorts us to abstain from true forms of evil, not, as Rev. Bruinsma seems to be saying if I understand him correctly,...

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