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False Prophecies My purpose in writing to you is to enclose a copy of an article on Harold Camping from a recent issue of theSan Francisco Chronicle. You will find it interesting if you have not already received a copy. You may not have, inasmuch as there is not a PRC in our area. You may wish to make a brief comment in a future issue of the SB regarding what was said in this article. One additional comment. We have purchased a set of audio tapes put out by Ligonier Ministries on “Giants of the Christian Faith” by Dr. John Gerstner....

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Appropriate After having read the letter “Not Appropriate” (Stnndard Bearer, Dec. 1, 1996) by Mr. Marc Carpenter, and having reread the article entitled “The Reformed Family: Teachers” (SB, Sept. 15, ,1996) by Mrs. Lubbers, I am somewhat confused as to the nature of Mr. Carpenter’s objection. His letter reads, “my wife and I were offended at the lack of personal purity that some parts of the article endorsed.” I am left wondering, to whose lack of purity does he refer? Mrs. Lubbers’ or Miss Reitsma’s? Indeed, in the record of Mrs. Lubbers’ memory, a portion is given to the physical...

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God’s Patience with Theologians First, let me tell you how much I’m enjoying my subscription to the Standard Bearer. To one who has newly revived his interest in the Reformed faith, your journal is a constant source of encouragement and help. I am puzzled by the editorial in the April 1, 1995 issue, “A Defense of (Reformed) Amillennialism,” and I have a few questions. First, although I understand the distinction between the various millennialisms, I’m not sure I now understand the amillennial position on the millennium itself. One paragraph states, “Coming is a ‘golden age.’ It will last at least for...

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Love for the Old Faith With great delight I received my first copy of the Standard Bearer. Your love for Christ and the truths of grace has deeply impressed my heart. I have a number of theological works in my bookcases, and without question Herman Hoeksema is the top of the top, in my humble opinion. I find that I agree with you on all points of doctrine other than baptizing of babies and sprinkling. Other than that I could and would gladly call myself a part of the Protestant Reformed Churches. I came out of a Southern Baptist Church,...

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Wholly Appropriate Permit me to express a word of encouragement and appreciation where the contributions to the Standard Bearer of Mrs. MaryBeth Lubbers are concerned. When reading Matthew 5:28, it is worth remembering the use of “desire” in Luke 22:15. Apparently, not having grasped that the word is used of the Lord seems to lead some away from the God-breathed Word and into the realm of Greek philosophy, where spirit is seen as good, while matter is perceived as per se evil. If Miss Reitsma’s eyes “danced with mischief,” would it not have been wholly within the framework of our...

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Singing Psalms I would like to express my appreciation for your editorials of May 1 and June 1, 1995 entitled “Music in the Church.” These articles deserve careful reading, so that the principle that underlies them, namely that the Psalms constitute the church’s songbook till the end of time, is clearly understood. We sing them, not first of all because it is required of us by the Church Order, but because it is required of us by God Himself. I do however have a question. In my study of the Psalm/Hymn question I have read that the original word-order in...

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According to Rev. Cammenga’s informative article on communion (SB, Nov. 15, 1997), John Calvin suggested having communion once every week. In our churches we have it once every three or four months. That’s no small difference. Do you know what Calvin’s reasons were for wanting communion so often? He was a lover of God and a dedicated student of His Word, so I am interested in what he had to say and would respect it. Randy Vaalburg, Byron Center, MI Response: Calvin’s desire for frequent—even weekly—administrations of the Lord’s Supper is easily documented. Now, to get rid of this great...

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Doctoral Study of Hoeksema’s Theology I was pleased to read your excellent editorial on Herman Hoeksema as “The Reformer of 1924,” in the October 15 issue of the Standard Bearer. I was especially intrigued by your suggestion that the time had come for someone from your denomination to write a doctoral dissertation on Hoeksema’s theology. I want to encourage you to follow through on that suggestion. I am sure that you know that many of us who do not agree with all of the details of Hoeksema’s theology have, nonetheless, learned much from his writings — and also from the...

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An Untapped Resource Your brief editorial, “Retired, Not Dead” (SB, Nov. 1, 1995), led me to conclude that the greatest untapped resource in our churches, in the area of church extension work, is retired men and women in the congregations. (The second greatest untapped resource is our young people, but that’s another matter.) Local evangelism societies or committees receive dozens of letters per month requesting pamphlets and information regarding the Reformed faith. Ought these letters lie in a box for a month until someone finds time to respond to them? Ought not these requests be answered immediately, and then not...

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Correction and Comment I would like to thank you for your comments concerning the “Seminar on the Principles and Practice of Reformed Education,” which appeared in the January 1, 1996 issue of the Standard Bearer. I, too, see that this course is an opportunity for all of our teachers, whether experienced or not, to grow together in the knowledge of Reformed, Christian principles of education, as they have developed through the centuries under the guidance of our covenant God. One correction should be made, however, in the article. At some point in the development of this course, the idea of...

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