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The Meaning of Necessary Good Works

You have always been taught that good works are necessary. What does “necessary good works” mean? Those who promote error give the word necessary just their one meaning that is often the first meaning listed in many dictionaries. We are called sometimes to explain the proper meaning of terms that have been corralled into one […]

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God’s Total Sovereignty Over the Will of Man

In our last article concerning freewill, we dealt with several repudiations of this erroneous doctrine. In this article, we will be dealing with an argument the Arminians have against the total sovereignty of God. Many Christian Churches teach Arminianism today, and thus, it is a very dangerous doctrine for us and our young people, since […]

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The Error of the Doctrine of Free Will

In spite of the fact that the doctrine of free will is against Scripture, many churches, including the Roman Catholic Church believe that this doctrine is true. This is not to say that we do not believe that man has a will; man does have a will, but it is sovereignly controlled by God’s will. […]

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The Question Must Be Asked…

If two sinners hear the same gospel message preached, why does one repent (Acts 5:31, Acts 11:18) and believe unto salvation, and the other perish in his unbelief? (1 Pet. 2:8, Lk. 13:5) Is it because one has more insight (Romans 3:11-12), is more intelligent, is more righteous, is wiser (1 Cor. 1:18, 26-31) or […]

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All Means All, and That Is All It Means!

Martyn is seeking membership in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. How often have we heard that when we try to explain the Reformed faith to Arminians? It is a very common objection, and a gross misunderstanding of Scripture. It is even a misunderstanding of language itself. What do words such as […]

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Arminianism (12) Singing Sound Doctrine

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” That is the admonition of I Peter 5:8 to the believer in this world who is surrounded by lies and the very real threat of being deceived. One way in which the believer heeds this […]

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Arminianism (11) The Saints Assured of Persevering

Having considered the doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, and irresistible grace, we now consider the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints as explained in the Fifth Head of the Canons. Concerning the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, the Arminians, at the time of the Synod of Dordt, were very […]

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Arminianism (10) God’s Efficacious Grace

We are now up to the latter portion of the Third and Fourth Heads of the Canons. In the previous article we dealt with the doctrine of man’s total depravity. Now we will move on to man’s conversion to God and the manner thereof. It is not surprising that just as the Arminians have exalted […]

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Arminianism (9) Man: Sick or Dead?

We have already considered the Arminian corruption of the truths of predestination and the atonement. Now we will move on to the Third and Fourth Heads of Doctrine of the Canons which deal with the corruption of man, his conversion to God, and the manner of his conversion. Since this head of the Canons covers […]

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Arminianism (8) Limited Atonement

In the last article we briefly considered the doctrines of election and reprobation. We noticed that “election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, …he hath out of mere grace …chosen …a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ” (Canons I, 7). Now we move on to the next link in the “golden chain […]

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We ended the last article with three tactics used by the Arminian party to further their cause. They attempted to infiltrate the seminaries; they discredited the creeds of the Reformed churches; and they used every means available to short-circuit the proper ecclesiastical operations of the churches. Their tactics many times were successful to the great […]

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We ended last time with Arminius preaching in Amsterdam on Romans chapter 9. His preaching brought to light the fact that two parties existed within the church of Amsterdam. There were the Calvinists and the sympathizers of Arminius. In the year 1593, the consistory had smoothed matters over to the point where both parties could […]

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Tulip (1)

Krystal hummed along with a familiar hymn on the radio as she put a bunch of tulips in a vase. Mother had picked the late bloomers that morning, but hadn’t had time to arrange them. Everyone was busy with special jobs to do on this beautiful Saturday afternoon! Even Krystal’s little brother, Jamie, was sweeping […]

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Whosoever Will

Book by Herman Hoeksema. Reformed Free Publishing Association, Grandville, MI. 164 pages (paper). The title of this book is based upon the words of a hymn, the chorus having the words: Whosoever will may come. Whosoever will, whosoever will; Send the proclamation over vale and hill; ‘Tis a lover Father calls the wand’rer home: Whosoever […]

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Through Strife to Victory Chapter 1

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, composed in England in 1647, begins with the question: “What is the chief end of man?” To that the answer is given: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” That applies also to God’s church. For God shows forth the riches of His glory in and […]

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Renewed Day by Day

From a physical point of view, Young People, and from the day when we were born, we began to go through some won­derful changes. That day we were very, very help­less and weak, compared with what we are now, and can do today. For many months we could cry; but we could not talk. It […]

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