FILTER BY:

Is the Center of My Life the Church?

Have you ever met Harry? He is one of those fellows who is not so very interested in the worship service or various activities of the church. The first thing Harry does after he is ushered to his seat in church, is settle down as comfortably as possible. Then he struggles through a tradition prayer. […]

Continue reading

The Covenant and Our Friendships

Before we present the outline proper in regard to our subject, let us set forth the principle of God’s Word that truly governs our subject.  The principle is this, that our friendships must reflect the bond of friendship between God and His people in Christ Jesus.  This implies that our friendships have their basis in […]

Continue reading

Saved in the Way of Suffering

Suffering is an aspect of human life. Suffering is common to all men. Most people do not want to talk about this aspect of their life. They would rather ignore this harsh reality. It is therefore, strange that young people would desire to discuss this subject. Young people are foreigners to physical pain and suffering. […]

Continue reading

Modern Day Forms of Idolatry

I.   What is Idolatry? A.  Idolatry is to worship someone or something other than the one true God. (Cf. H.C. L.D. 34) 1. Who is the one true God and how do we know him? a. His identity 1) He is Jehovah, the God of Israel in all ages. 2) He is the God and […]

Continue reading

A Voice from within the G.L.T.S.

The voice that we hear in the material below belongs to Quek Kok How, a member of the Gospel Literature and Tract Society of Singapore. He has taken the Christian name Francis, and thus signs his own work. He is twenty one years old, of Chinese descent, and has been a Christian for about eight […]

Continue reading

Redeeming the Time: In an Age of Ignorance

The theme of our convention speeches is expressed in the words of the apostle Paul: “Redeeming the time.” We should note briefly the use of the concept time in this epistle to the Ephesians by the apostle. In the first chapter of this letter the apostle speaks of eternity in contrast to time. This contrast […]

Continue reading

A Faithful Disciple of Christ

Are you a faithful disciple of our Lord? Is it possible to be faithful and only be a disciple outwardly? Is discipleship related to the whole matter of one’s church membership? Is church reformation only possible where men and women of faith clearly perceive the meaning and requirements of a disciple of Christ? Is faithfulness […]

Continue reading

The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”  John 10:11 In this passage from the gospel of John, Jesus is addressing the Jews and is stressing the truth that He is the Messiah. The promised Messiah had come and this is He, Jesus of Nazareth. As the Messiah Jesus […]

Continue reading

The Cross Engulfed in Darkness

Luke 23:44 “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.” That darkness was the speech of God at the cross. God’s voice prevailed over the land for three long hours. That speech of God was devoid of love and grace. It was God’s […]

Continue reading

Christmas Brought Division

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” -Matthew 10:34 The essence of Christmas is Immanuel. Christmas as an historical event can, of course, never be repeated. Mary and Joseph went to the city of David nearly two thousand years ago and there […]

Continue reading

Christ Died for the Ungodly

Romans 5:6-8 In these verses the apostle Paul is setting forth the uniqueness of the love of God in Christ to us. Paul contrasts the love of God with the love of man for another man. God’s love for his own is completely different from any manifestation of love among mere men. “For scarcely for […]

Continue reading

Our Membership in the Church

God has given to us His perspicuous or transparent Word of revelation. Ac­cording to the dictates of this clear infallible Word, we must worship God. Therefore, the question: Have you ever given account before the face of God for your present church membership? Some persons in the church never even consider this question. Others, when […]

Continue reading

The Institution of the Church

In the last article, we discussed the Church of Christ as it is an organism, the body of Christ, holy in Him. But now we have to come down from those lofty heights of faith wherein we saw the Church as inexpressibly beautiful, radiat­ing with the beauty of God’s grace as a clear brilliant diamond. […]

Continue reading

The Church as an Organism

The Church of Christ as an organism is very little understood today, and the idea is appreciated, I fear, even less. We do not live in the consciousness that the Church is an organism. Consequently, many of the beautiful truths bound up in this concept make no impact upon our lives. I believe that if […]

Continue reading

Now is Christ Risen

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” I Cor. 15: 19-20 We are the Church of Christ. The Church has ever confessed that Jesus arose. The meaning of Easter […]

Continue reading

Faith Speaks

Romans 10:9-10 Faith speaks; the believer makes a confession. Yes, that is true, but why does faith speak even when confronted with the threat of punishment and death? Faith must speak! It is impossible for the believer not to confess that Jesus is Lord. Jesus, the believer confesses, is Lord alone. His is an exclusive […]

Continue reading

Are We Pelagians Too? (3)

It does not seem as though the caption to this series of articles really fits the subject material. Does it? The caption asks a question about us as P.R. young people and as churches, that is about our present spiritual attitude and confession. The only possible validity for this caption to the previous articles of […]

Continue reading

Are We Pelagians, Too?

The last time we discussed this subject we recalled that our former leaders condemned the theory of common grace as Pelagianism. But it now remains to briefly demonstrate the truth of this assertion. However, before we do, I want to remind you of what essentially happened in 1924. We did not withdraw from the C.R.C., […]

Continue reading

Are We Pelagians Too? (1)

That word “Pelagian” does not mean much to you and therefore the question is probably unintelligible. It is regrettable that this term “Pelagian” is not more meaningful to us. This term aptly describes the religious convictions of the vast majority of “churchgoers” today. Many informed people in the Reformed community of churches would not like […]

Continue reading

Some Have Not the Right to Believe

It is commonly acknowledged that some persons who come under the preaching of the word do not have the ability to believe. We confess, and I would hope that others do so too, that unless God first prepare one’s heart to believe he cannot and will not believe in the name of Jesus; unless God […]

Continue reading

Go, Get My Son a Godfearing Wife

Abraham was speaking to his servant when he said: “And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, […]

Continue reading

Freemasonry (2)

The last time we talked together about the Masonic Lodge, we were discussing its organizational aspects. At the conclusion of the previous article, I asked you to consider a definition of Freemasonry. It was a definition not of my making but given by one of its own adherents. I trust that you did contemplate the […]

Continue reading

Freemasonry and/or the Church (1)

Freemasonry is better known as simply Masonry or more popularly still as the organization of the Masonic Lodge. A rather strange subject for the Beacon Lights, you are probably thinking to your­self. Maybe if I relate to you how my interest was developed your interest will be quickened also. Recently, while performing my pastoral duties, […]

Continue reading

Repent! (3)

Thus far in our discussion of the doctrine of repentance we have asked and given an answer to several questions. In our first article we asked: What is repentance? Is repentance obligatory for all men? In re­lation to that we asked the question does God confront every man who ever lived with the demand to […]

Continue reading