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The rejection of the will of God has reached an astounding degree in recent years. Only a very small percentage of the population still confesses that God desires to save only some people. The commandments of our Lord are increasingly violated. Now there is also a rapid rise in the rejection of God’s will concerning one’s gender. What once was a very small and mostly male group of gender-deniers has now become an increasingly large group including many women and girls. How is this to be explained? Is the rejection of God’s will concerning whom He has determined to save...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2022, p. 469. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Proverbs 24:17-18 Introduction According to Acts 5:31, God has exalted Jesus Christ to be a Prince and Savior, “for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Take note of the order. Repentance is first, followed by forgiveness of sins. This is God’s order in saving sinners. In the previous article, we examined what the Three...

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Previous article in this series: June 2023, p. 398. I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. Jeremiah 31:18-19   A turning In the ordo salutis, the logical sequence in which the Holy Spirit applies the...

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Prof. Ronald Cammenga, rector and professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI Previous article in this series: July 2022, p. 418. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6 Introduction In the previous article in this series, readers were introduced to the first error that is being promoted by the Reformed Protestant Churches (RPC), on account of which they are justly accused of being antinomians. That error is the teaching that forgiveness...

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Prof. Ronald Cammenga, rector and professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:15 Introduction and approach Most readers of the Standard Bearer are aware of the recent schism in the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC). Three ministers, Nathan Langerak, Andrew Lanning, and Martin VanderWal, have led the schismatics out of the PRC. They have organized themselves as the Reformed Protestant Churches (RPC). At the time that they...

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Previous article in this series: September 15, 2021, p. 489. In this series of articles, we are concerned to understand the proper relation between the assurance of salvation and good works.1 The Word of God and our Reformed confessions make plain that there is a relation between them. What is that relation? How do our Reformed confessions set forth the relation between assurance and the believer’s life of holiness? What can we learn from the confessions regarding the relation between assurance and good works? In previous articles, we have seen that the relation is not that good works are the...

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Prof. Ronald Cammenga, rector and professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, Michigan What Says Herman Hoeksema? In this series, we are concerned to point out the antinomianism of the Reformed Protestant Churches (RPC), the schismatic group that separated from the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC). In the last several articles, we have examined the teaching of John Calvin with respect to the relation between repentance and forgiveness. We have compared the teaching of Calvin to the teaching of the RPs that forgiveness is eternally prior to repentance. Before...

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Previous article in this series: July, 2021, p. 424. Most recently in this series I have expounded the biblical concept of the righteousness of Christ which is imputed to us in justification. As our representative head, Jesus came under the law, was rendered guilty in our place, and suffered all the punishment that the law threatens for our transgressions. He suffered all the punishment we deserve for our sins. On our behalf He also rendered in full all the obedience that the law demands for the satisfaction of God’s justice. He provided all the obedience necessary for us to be...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2021, p. 375. True faith distinguished from wicked presumption Although assurance is of the essence of faith, the faith of God’s people is an imperfect faith. Their faith is often mixed with unbelief. Although strong at times, there are other times when faith is weak. Mingled with true faith are doubts and fears. Besides the mountain tops of faith, there are also the deep, dark valleys. In His infinite goodness, God stoops to the weakness of our faith. With a view to the assurance of faith, God in various ways and by various...

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Previous article in this series: April 15, 2021, p. 327. The testimony of the gospels The obedience of Christ comprehends the totality of the Father’s will as it was perfectly performed by Christ, the Servant of Jehovah, during His vicarious life on earth. Last time we demonstrated that the Scriptures and Reformed confessions teach that Christ’s perfect, lifelong obedience is imputed to our account in justification as our righteousness before God. Romans 5:19 teaches, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Even as many are reckoned...

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