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Be Firm in the Truth

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (Eph. […]

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There are several reasons why we need to understand Genesis 1, and how to defend 24-hour creation. First, Genesis 1 begins with “in the beginning.” This is the beginning of God’s sovereign plan of salvation which he would work through his son for his people. Secondly, it is likely that we will be exposed to a creation heresy, […]

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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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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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Drifting with the Wind (3)

As pointed out in a previous article, Young People, Satan sends forth the wind of false doc­trines to keep us from seeking the Kingdom of Heaven and its righteousness. Doing that, he strives to make us drift off the path that brings us to the channel through which we enter that kingdom. But there is […]

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Drifting with the Wind (1)

There is a word, Young People, which the author of the epistle to the Hebrews used very often. That word is the adjective “better”, which he uses nine times in this epistle. He speaks of Christ being better than the angels, of a better hope, a better testament, a better covenant, of better sacrifices, a […]

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Our God’s Victorious Grace

As you young people know, it makes no difference where you prick an inflated balloon.  Whether you prick it in front or in back, on the left side or on the right side, you are going to deflate it.  The larger the hole the faster the air or gas will escape.  In fact, even a […]

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The Trickery of Error

Without the work of the official ministry of the Word as established in the true church, instituted according to Scripture with ordained minister, el­ders and deacons, we have no protec­tion against “the trickery of error.” The work of the ministry in the pure preaching of the Word is for the purpose of edifying (building up) […]

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The Christian in This Age of Error

“Some … have erred concerning the faith’’ (I. Tim. 6:21).  “Ye (Sadducees) do err, not knowing the scriptures” (Matt. 22:29)  “He that refuseth reproof erreth” (Prov. 10:17). “Idols “are vanity and the work of errors” (Jer. 10:15). “He that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth us not. By this know […]

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Signs in the Church

Let me begin by saying that I appreciate the choice of the theme – Signs of the Time. This shows that you as Young People are aware of the dreadful evil of our times, and that you take the nearness of Christ’s coming seriously. That is a good sign. Especially, I appreciate the topic assigned […]

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Seducers Revealed and Reproved

We live in evil days when the foundations are destroyed and when it seems that “…the heathen are come into God’s inheritance.” The temple and the holy oracles have been defiled. (cf. Psalm 79:1) We live in days when “…the prophets make God’s people to err.” These prophets are the false prophets of Matthew 7:15, […]

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Positively Negative

If there is one thing that characterizes the age in which we live it is this: it is an age of compromise. That this is true is easily seen in every area of life today. On the international level there is a multiplicity of organizations (U.N., NATO, OAS, etc.) all aimed at establishing peace on […]

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The Weight of Glory

  The church that loses her fiery hatred for errors concerning the truth of Scripture walks the way of a sickness unto death. Placidly accepting heresies with the church at Thyatira (Rev. 2:20) or tolerating evil with mild protestations as did Eli (I Sam. 3), she places herself under God’s judg­ment of that which claims […]

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Creeping Corruption

As most every high school student of modern American Literature knows by heart: “The fog creeps in on little cat feet.” Whether poet Sandburg was writing only of the fog that occasionally envelopes his beloved Chicago, or of the fog that clouds one’s thinking, or perhaps to both, we can only speculate; for philosophers, theologians, […]

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Make Up Your Mind! (2)

“Men who are admittedly Reformed but who have a tendency toward one-sidedness” are cast out of the fellowship of the church because they refuse to mix the Reformed Truth with the poisons of Messrs. Pelagius and Arminius and company! They insist upon the unadulterated truth! On the other hand men who, to quote the Canons, […]

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The Truth Concerning God Triune

It may undoubtedly be said, without fear of contradiction, that there is no area of truth that is more viciously assailed and universally distorted than that which directly concerns GOD! To this we must immediately add that no error has more serious and damning consequences than that which denies the truth about GOD! This conclusion […]

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Trying the Spirits

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets arc gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ […]

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Fellowship in Contrary Doctrines (3)

(Conclusion) In our last installment in Beacon Lights we promised to draw some practical conclusions with respect to the matter of our having fellowship in contrary doctrines. We have seen that Scripture, and, therefore, God Himself, forbids us to have fellowship or to receive into our house those that bring doctrines contrary to the doctrine […]

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Fellowship in Contrary Doctrines (2)

(Continued) Last month we raised three questions in connection with our attempt to determine the truth and error of II John 10. You will recall that this passage reads as follows: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; for he […]

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Fellowship in Contrary Doctrines (2)

(Continued) Last month we raised three questions in connection with our attempt to determine the truth and error of II John 10. You will recall that this passage reads as follows: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; for he […]

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Fellowship in Contrary Doctrines (1)

Four significant things are mentioned in Article 7 of our Confession in connection with the matter of “The Sufficiency Of The Holy Scriptures.” These matters are: (1) All that is necessary to believe unto salvation is clearly and sufficiently revealed in the Bible. The Bible is not obscure but a lucid revelation of the plan […]

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Credo…Non Credo

It was the time of the evening service, when the people of the Lord thronged to the house of God to keep the holy day. The service was begun with the usual prayers, the reading of the Holy Word, and the singing of the Psalms. But, there was something special about this particular service. An […]

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Error in Convention

In our last issue of Beacon Lights we wrote that our calling as soldiers of Christ is to fight the battles of faith, which means that we are to openly combat every form of error that besets us. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in high […]

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