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Editor’s Note: The March 1 issue contained a letter from Rev. A. Lanning and the first half of Rev. K. Koole’s reply. However, prior to that printing, Rev. Lanning had sent the SB a revised letter, one that we intended to print, and to which Rev. Koole is responding. We inadvertently sent the wrong letter to the printer. We apologize to Rev. Lanning for this error. Therefore, in this issue we print the revised letter that Rev. Lanning intended to be printed, as well as the second half of Rev. Koole’s reply. Dear Editors, I write regarding the editorial in...

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Thanks for your recent articles on elders. Knowledge of Scripture is essential, but without wis­dom and love it could be ineffective, harmful, or even dangerous. Unless a man loves God, loves the people of God, and has a heart to serve them, he will never be a good elder. He must serve in love (Gal 5:13). He must, with all of us, have what Paul desired for the Ephesians: “strength in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts.” An elder should be gentle and kind, hum­ble and learning, trustworthy, friendly, a man of prayer. Read I...

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Re “Fighting Ourselves” (SB, Jan. 15, 2019, p. 184). Truly the human body is an amazing creation of God; even more so is the work of God in creating a spiritual body (I Cor. 12:12-27). It is truly a work of God’s sovereign grace to make out of many different members one body. This body is referenced in the title of the article as “ourselves.” As in science, so in theology it is very important to define terms precisely. “Ourselves” or “body” in the article is used to refer to the church. Scripture speaks of the church in the narrower...

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Dear Editors, I write regarding the editorial in the October 1, 2018 SB entitled “What must I do…?” The main doctrine that the editorial intends to teach is that obedience is necessary and possible for the child of God. With this doctrine, I am in full agreement. However, I take issue with the editorial for going beyond the truth that obedience is necessary for the child of God, and teaching instead that obedience is necessary for the child of God unto salvation. By doing so, the editorial teaches salvation by man’s obedient working, rather than salvation entirely apart from man’s...

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After reading Rev. Koole’s response to a letter written by Rev. Nathan Langerak, a letter printed after the response instead of before it, I was puzzled and my curiosity aroused. Was what I read a true response? Was what I read really an answer to a charge? I found in the response an explanation for the arti­cle which Rev. Langerak addressed, an article that appeared earlier in the Standard Bearer [Oct. 1, 2018]. I read of some reasons offered for which that article was written, offered by the author. I also read of his won­derment that Rev. Langerak should present...

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I’ve been reading your articles on Revelation 20, which are very helpful and seem really accurate. I have a few questions which you may or may not have already addressed. First, do you suppose the 1,000 is simply for fullness/indefinite duration? Or do you think it could be meant to resonate with or to co-opt the historical scheme based on the creation week? I refer to the Jewish and early Christian view: six days of labor and sin, then the seventh day = 1,000 years of messianic redemption with the cross, ending with the eighth day of eternity? Also, the...

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The letter from Manuel Kuhs together with Professor Dykstra’s reply I found thought-provoking (SB, October 1, 2018). Please permit me to address something in the reply I found confusing. The professor believes that one’s statements can be “out of harmony with the Reformed confessions” yet not contradict the confessions. The statements judged to be “out of harmony with the Reformed confessions” and that consequently compromised the doctrine of justification by faith alone, in his view, do not contradict the confessions. He writes: “If the teaching went farther and the logical conclusions were completely drawn out, it would eventually contradict these...

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As a subscriber and reader of the Standard Bearer magazine, I have read with interest your various articles on the errors of premillennialism as opposed to the truth of amillennialism. In this regard I enclose a pamphlet published some years ago entitled “Amillennialism Examined” by David McAllister, at that time a Brethren missionary in Zambia. He is now editor of Assembly Testimony magazine, which is published by the Brethren denomination, they being staunch adherents of premillennialism, as doubtless you know. In this pamphlet he takes amillennialism to task, believing it to be contrary to the Bible. I thought you would...

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It took courage to write your editorial on radicalism in the PRC (Editorial, Sept. 15, 2018, p. 485), and I thank you for it. There is no doubt that your writing arose out of your love for our churches and their future welfare. You rightly point out that these tendencies have been in our churches since their inception. I trace the origins to the existence of two very different worldviews that were imported by the Dutch (and a few German) immigrants who formed the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and subsequently the PRC. The Afscheiding group were known to be pietistic...

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I am writing about the most recent editorial, What Must I Do?, by Rev. Koole (Oct. 1, 2018, p. 6-9). I find the editorial deeply disturbing for the connection that it makes with doctrinal dispute in our churches, specifically the editor’s, “fear that we tend to underestimate,” the truth of irresistible grace, and the editor’s connecting this to the, “issues being discussed in the PRC of late, namely, grace and godliness—the life of good works—in the life of the child of God.” The editor’s reference is to the doctrinal dispute in the Protestant Reformed Churches over sermons preached at Hope...

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