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Prayers for the LRF

I am a member of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF), which is a mission work of the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland. While Northern Ireland belongs to the United Kingdom (UK), Limerick, where the LRF is located, is a city in the Republic of Ireland, a sovereign country independent of the UK. This political difference […]

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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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The Ploughboy (3)

The church, the pope, the cardinals, the bishops, the king of England—they all wanted one man. They wanted him stopped and they wanted him dead. Bibles and more Bibles were pouring into the hands of Englishmen. For centuries Rome had conducted her services in Latin—a language the people did not understand. Many priests understood it […]

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The Ploughboy (1)

The mists of dawn hung in the air as the English farmer and his son emerged from their humble, thatched roof cottage. The boy shivered. The air was cool on this early autumn morn. He welcomed the heat of the old mare as he helped his father harness and hitch her to the plough. They […]

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Crossing the Threshold of Hope

Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1994.   This book by the current Pope consists of a series of questions asked by journalist Vettorio Messori along with the Pope’s answers. Although displaying a learned broad philosophical background, the Pope in this book […]

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Catholicism

While my family and I have been serving God’s people in Northern Ireland we have had the opportunity to look at world events from a different perspective. Perhaps in the future I will be able to discuss other things we have learned out here, but in this article, I would like to take a look […]

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Unknown

On July 29, 1968, Pope Paul promulgated his seventh encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which condemned all methods of contraception on the grounds that it is an attempt to violate God’s natural laws. The decision is reflected by a distinct minority of Catholics, and it created an unprecedented storm of protest and dissent among […]

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Who Kills Christ Now?

On Nov. 20, 1964, the last day of the third session of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in Rome, the highest legislative and representative body of the Roman Catholic Church, by the overwhelming vote of 1893 to 99, approved of a document condemning “hatred and persecutions of Jews.” The controversial declaration, which absolved Jews of […]

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Let Rome Return to the Bible

The 2,200 council fathers met in St. Peter’s Basilica were addressed by the ailing Pontiff in their last meeting of the year 1962.  This council, which has been called by Pope John XXIII is dedicated to the proposition that all faiths and all men shall ultimately be united in one great world church. Pope John […]

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The Pope is Still Proud

A recent issue of a nationally circulated magazine blazed across its cover the caption, “Pop John, the Humble Pope.”  This description is only one of the many anthems being sung at the present time to the honor of Rome’s head.  With the calling of the Vatican Council, the “glorias” become louder and louder.  Catholics, Protestants, […]

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The Roman Catholic Church and Politics

The undersigned was asked to write an article for Beacon Lights on the topic, “Influence of the Catholic Church on its members who are political candidates.”  Since the influence of the Romish Church not only affects such political candidates but also affects politics in general, when ever any issue of the Romish Church is at stake; […]

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The present political situation in the United States raises an interesting question.  Once more, the highly emotional issue of a Catholic running for President rages on the American scene.  Ever since Catholic, Al Smith lost to Herbert Hoover in 1928; the consensus has been that a similar endeavor would amount to political suicide for the […]

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Abstinence

The Roman Catholic believes that he must perform certain good works. He does these good works in order to help pay for his sins. Two ways by which a Catholic performs good works are by observing the laws of fast and abstinence. The following quotation is a list of regulations for observance of fast and […]

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The Fruit of Preparation (2)

In our last essay we were busy watching David Turnabout as he was engaged in the dutiful task of preparing an essay explaining the Fifth Article of the Confession of Faith. In the present essay we shall bring this subject to a conclusion by briefly outlining the salient points of David’s finished product. The subject […]

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Cardinal

The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson, published by Simon & Schuster, N. Y. The Cardinal, is the story of an Ameri­can priest who becomes, in our times, a Prince of the Roman Catholic church. From a lowly beginning this priest, Stephen Termogle, climbs the ecclesiasti­cal ladder until he has reached the status of ‘Cardinal’. The […]

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The Reformation (2)

Last month we ended with the question: Just what did the Refor­mation of the sixteenth century contribute to the church of the New Dispensation? What was its outstanding gift of the grace of God to us? Various answers may be given to this question. The benefits of the Reformation are manifold. By it the church […]

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Pe’re Antoine

Pe`re Antoine by Edward F. Murphy Here is a vivid story of the inner life of a Roman Catholic priest.  It is a study of the motives which prompted his ecclesiastical activities and affords an appreciation of the tangled human relationships which resulted from love of self rather than love of God. Already as a […]

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The Roman Catholic Church and…The Antichrist

As we all know, God’s Word tells us about the coming of the Antichrist.  It is often said that the Roman Catholic Church is the antichrist or that the Antichrist will come from it.  Already in the 10th century there were people who proclaimed this.  Many of our forefathers held this to be true.  We […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

Translation and Condensation by Mr. Geo. Ten Elshof   It was not without sorrow that Chiniquy left his congregation in Canada. For, as we have seen before, he was loved by all the churches which he served. His unselfish devotion to his flock and his ardent love for them had won him a place in […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

Translation and Condensation by Mr. George Ten Elshof   Introduction: – Karl Chiniquy, a young man studying for the priesthood, has been disputing with his instructor concerning the vow of celebicy. Father Leprohon, his instructor, has vainly attempted to overthrow the Scriptural proofs which young Chiniquy sets forth. Last time we left him busily and […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

(A translation and condensation by George Ten Elshof)   If you will recall, we noticed in our previous issue that Karel Chiniquy is now attending the school which is preparing him for the priesthood. He has been engaged in debate with his instructor concerning various matters. We left him last time in the midst of […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

(A translation and condensation by George Ten Elshof) Synopsis: Chiniquy, born and raised in Canada, has lost his father and is living with relatives who are enabling him to attend school with the intention that he shall later become a priest.  He tells us now of some of the training which he received. Father Chiniquy […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

(A translation and condensation by George Ten Eslhof) The above title will no doubt give a clue to the fact that Father Chiniquy was a Roman Catholic priest.  That is correct.  For many years he served the Catholic Church but was converted to Protestantism.  We trust that the following account of his life and work […]

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The Inquisition

Jesus said, “Learn from me, for I am meek and lowly of heart.” We ought always to be disposed to persecution, to suffer for Christ’s sake. In the United States, so far, I may say there is yet a comparative peace, for the people of God to worship Him as they themselves believe to be […]

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