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Question  From a West Coast reader I received a question about infra- and supralapsarianism. My questioner makes reference to a comment of Herman Bavinck about the failure of either infra- or supra- to offer a satisfactory answer to the questions concerning the relation of the various decrees of God, citing the first part of a quotation of Bavinck by Danhof and Hoeksema in Van Zonde en Genade (“Concerning Sin and Grace”).

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The following question was sent in: “We had a discussion in our family about sinning against the seventh commandment. The question was asked, where did it originate that you must confess your sins before the congregation. Is it not sufficient to do this before the consistory, assuming that the person or persons are sincere? Could you cast some light on the subject?”

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From the same West Coast reader who has asked questions about the subject of covenant breakers a couple of times before, I received some further questions. He writes: “In Old Testament times the Word of God speaks about covenant breakers. Can we also speak in the new dispensation about covenant breakers in the same sense of the word, with respect to those born of believing parents but who have turned their back on the church or who live an unruly and irregular church life? My question is not about the term itself, but rather about the idea of this expression.

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In the March 1, 1980 issue of the Standard Bearer a question was answered in regard to the statement in our Form for the Ordination of Elders and Deacons, which reads, “And ye poor, be poor in spirit, and deport yourselves respectfully towards your benefactors, be thankful to them, and avoid murmuring….” In that answer I agreed with the one who had sent in the original question, that I did not like the idea that the poor should be thankful to the rich, as if they owe a special gratitude to the benefactors who give out of their abundance.

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