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Personal Devotions

Calling attention in this article to our personal devotions, we must, of course, first of all turn to the infallible scriptures. After all, these scriptures are a lamp before our feet and a light upon our path. And, what scripture is more appropriate for our purpose than Ps. 119? We read in verse 9: “Wherewithal […]

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The Perseverance of the Saints

In our final article on TULIP we call attention to the letter, P, in TULIP, the perseverance of the saints. We must distinguish between perseverance and preservation. The preservation of the saints refers to a work of God upon the saints. The perseverance of the saints refers to a work of God through the saints. […]

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Irresistible Grace

The truth of God’s irresistible grace is represented by the fourth letter, “I”, of the word TULIP. That the grace of God is irresistible follows, inexorably, from the truths of God’s sovereign predestination, limited or particular atonement and total and absolute depravity, even as it is just as true that the Armenians must conclude that […]

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Total Depravity

We now turn our attention in this third article to the first letter of TULIP the letter which represents the truth of Total Depravity.  Is it not unbelievable that our mother church, the Christian Reformed Church, could deny a truth as clearly scriptural and which is experienced by every child of God?  In 1924 that […]

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Limited Atonement

In our second article on TULIP, we call your attention to the third letter of this word. This third letter of the word representing the Five Points of Calvinism refers to the truth of Limited Atonement. We prefer to speak of Particular Atonement. Of course, we have no objection to the word, limited, as meaning […]

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Unconditional Predestination

This article is the first of a series of 5 on the 5 points of Calvinism. Having been asked to write an article for Beacon Lights on each letter of TULIP, or the Five Points of Calvinism, I gladly comply. My first article will deal with the subject of Unconditional Election or Predestination, the second […]

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Common Grace Versus Tulip

I wish to congratulate our young people upon the choice of this subject. Do you, young people, realize that the Christian Reformed Church’s (our mother church) adoption of the Three Points in 1924, their choice of a common and a general grace of God, led very directly to their present sad and deplorable condition? Having […]

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Remember Thy Creator – In the Church

How important is our calling to remember our Creator, Who created us, also distinctively, with all our own gifts and talents! Whatever vocation in life we choose, it was chosen for us and created in us. And to remember our Creator implies, negatively, that we must never be motivated by ourselves, our own personal gain […]

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Introduction Young People, these are the outlines for the discussion groups at the convention. Read and study them to be prepared to take an active part. 1.   Meaning of light a.   Scriptural references: John 3:19-21; Eph. 5:8; I Thess. 5:4-8; I John 1:5-7. b.   We can make the following distinctions: 1)   Physical light — light […]

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Romans 1 (2)

Romans 1:26-32   V.  Verses 26-27. A.  The connection. 1.   In this verse Paul refers again to the judicial ground for the “gave them up” of verse 24 — see explanation of this expression. 2.   In verse 24 he had written in general of the corruption in which the Lord had “given them up” through […]

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