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Unconditionally Chosen Unto Salvation

Although it is today universally denied, young people, the truth of man’s total depravity is a basic truth of Scripture. God told Adam that if he would eat of the forbidden fruit he would die that very day. Paul, in Ephesians 2:1 tells the Ephesians that before God quickened them, that is, made them alive, […]

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Election: The Fountain of Every Saving Good

The synod of Dordt met during 1618–19 to settle the controversy about the doctrines of grace that had erupted around the person and teaching of the pestilential James Arminius. As a minister he underhandedly spread his lies from 1590 until his death in 1609. He made predestination the particular object of his attacks. The hope […]

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President Trump

It will be helpful to read the July 2016 editorial if you still have a copy of this issue. The present editorial is in some ways a continuation of this earlier article. When it was written, the election had not yet been held and was being hotly contested. Now the election is past, and we […]

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The Life of John Huss (1369-1415)

Introduction: Ever since the time of the Protestant Reformation there has been a saying that goes something like this: “The doctrine of election stands at the very heart of the church.”  Maybe you have heard your own minister say that from off the pulpit, or in the catechism room: “The doctrine of election stands at […]

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Election 2016

Young people, for the first time some of you will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. Some of you already are eligible. And surely your parents and grandparents are eligible (and we know that they read us too). This will pose some issues for all of us, especially concerning the presidential election, which […]

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The Fountain

The water sprang In arching glee, A bubbling, gurgling, mounting tree. From deep within The ground it climbed, To reach a peak of height sublime. O fountain fair, A pillar there, What can you teach me in the air? The spray you spew Delights the eye, And sprinkles o’er me as I try To understand […]

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Making Our Calling and Election Sure

As you know, Young People, when we are reading a book in a room that has no windows, has its door closed, and the electricity is suddenly and unexpectedly shut off, we will not be able to read and learn the new things that are in that book. Similarly, although we are born again children […]

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Question and Answer

Question: Only the elect are saved. But does article 3 of the Canons of Dordt, Head II mean that Christ’s death and suffering paid for the sins of all the people in the world? If it does, then why are not all people saved? If it does not, then what was the necessity in Christ […]

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Chosen Unto a Particular Atonement

The day Adam disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit, he died spiritually.  He did not become spiritually sick, weak or partially paralyzed, but spiritually dead.  Did God not tell Adam that the day he sinned he would die?  We must insist that he died that day and that God did not simply mean […]

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The Wicked Are Like the Chaff

“The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.” Psalm 1:4 The wicked are like the chaff The righteous are like a tree. They are like a tree laden with brilliant foliage and producing an abundance of fruit. For the righteous are planted by God near the Stream of […]

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Correspondence

Southwest Protestant Reformed Church Junior Young People’s Society   Our society discussed the article, “Approving the Disobedient?” by Phil Dykstra, for an after-recess program. We found that we do not agree with the opinion Mr. Dykstra holds in this article. We should vote. It is not right to remain silent. The leaders of the nation […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (20)

  Its Value. Conclusion The truth of election has very practical value in tile certainty of the true Christian’s salvation. It is a folly to attempt having assurance of salvation not founded on the basis of election. It makes no sense to acknowledge the effect while the cause is denied. No true assurance conies to […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (18)

Its Proclamation, (cont’d) A further difficulty in the proclamation of this truth which the faithful preacher will encounter is the insistence of some that it is of such a nature, emphasizing God’s sovereignty as it does, that it tends to blind them to man’s responsibility.  They hide behind the former as a cover to excuse […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (17)

Its Proclamation, cont’d Another reason why the truth of predestination, and preaching in harmony with this biblical fundamental of the faith, is absent from so many pulpits is because of a love for popularity.  A preacher so enamored aims to please his auditors.  He wants all his pulpit ministrations to be to crowded audiences.  He […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (16)

14. It’s Resistance, cont’d God is the only one with a sovereignly free will.  Has He not the right to exert it as He pleases, to do what He will with His own, to predetermine the destiny of all His creatures? But proud, self-assertive, would-be autonomous man objects to this.  By nature a rebel, he […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (15)

Its Resistance, cont’d In our last installment we considered how the enemies of this truth rage against it and regard the proclaimers of it as downright wicked.  When such ire and epithet fall upon you for the truth’s sake, take it as an indicator that you are on the right track.  Modern election—doubters are Diabolonians […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (12)

11. It’s Evidences We have entitled this series “Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election,” rather than simply “The Doctrine of Election,” since we have not been treating the subject from a systematic-theological or dogmatical point of view.  It is more proper to speak of the doctrine of Scripture, or the doctrine of the Gospel, than […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (11)

Its Exhibition The view of the decree of election presented in the last three installments is not only the most acceptable, but the correct one, not because it happens to agree with our opinion, but because it is most in harmony with Scripture.  Divine election is that act of God according to which He chose […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (10)

Its Supralapsarian Character (continued) Election takes us back to the beginning of things, to the beginning of God’s counsel.  We have been dealing with the divine order of that counsel as that order is revealed in Scripture.  This, of course means that we have been setting forth supralapsarianism, for that is the predestinarian view of […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (9)

Its Supralapsarian Character             To a certain extent we entered into the Supra-Infra question, pointing out that the Supra scheme is anything but an “extreme of squeamish timidity,” that rather it, more than the Infra scheme, elevates the certainty and the sovereignty of the decrees of God.  We also noted that the Supra view has […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (8)

It’s Character In our last installment, we answered the charge that election and reprobation make God a “respecter of persons.” When the angels that sinned fell, God provided no Saviour for them.  He was no respecter of their persons.  All were worthy of damnation, and all were damned.  But when man fell, God provided a […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election

Its Justice   The enemies of election contend that for God to sovereignly choose a people to Himself and to deny the rest of mankind the same blessing as the elect is to become so partial as to treat the latter with the greatest inequality.  They must realize, however, that the God of election is […]

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