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Forgiveness and Repentance

Hi Rev. Laning, The question that I have is in regard to forgiveness. It seems that there are different ideas with respect to the part of repentance and its place in forgiveness. We know that we are called to forgive the brother as much as seventy times seven, but when do we properly forgive? (Luke […]

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Holding to False Doctrine and Walking In Sin

Dear Rev. Laning What is the difference, if there is any at all, between one’s holding to false doctrine and one’s living in sin? Michael J. Vermeer   Dear Michael A person who is holding to false doctrine is sinning by doing so. But such a person may or may not be impenitently walking in […]

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Polygamy in the Old Testament

Dear Rev. Laning I have a question that I have been thinking about for awhile. I’ve been reading through the Old Testament, and I’ve been bothered by the rampant polygamy that is recorded there. I don’t understand why God allowed the Old Testament men to have so many wives and concubines, and why He doesn’t […]

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Rev. James Laning

Rev. James Laning was born on February 15, 1963, to Gerrit and Betty Laning. The second of four children, he has one older brother and two younger sisters. He was born in Naperville, Illinois, located about an hour west of South Holland, and continued to live there throughout his childhood until he went away to […]

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Christian Fiction (2)

Dear Rev. Laning Thank you for your careful consideration of my questions and the thorough response you made in your rubric in the Beacon Lights. I have some follow up questions that have come up in my mind. You may include them in your rubric or send me a personal reply, whichever you feel is […]

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Crosses in the Churches

Dear Rev. Laning Here is my question, hopefully you can answer it. In examination of the movie the “Passion of Christ” and the Protestant Reformed stand against it, how, in light of the second commandment, do you view the crosses that we have in several of our churches? Are they a symbol that have a […]

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The Organization of Our Bible Societies

Dear Rev. Laning I am glad for this question and answer column in the Beacon Lights, and I hope that you can answer the question of someone older than a “young person.” Although I am of retirement age, I believe your answer might affect all of us—old and young. I want to know whether a […]

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