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The Body They May Kill…

A Martyr in Rome On September 9, 1560, in the city of Rome itself, and before the very eyes of the Pope, Pius IV, there was put to death for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ one Jean Louis Pascale of Piedmont, a young pastor in the Waldensian colonies in […]

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Rev George Ophoff: The Polemicist (26)

In our last article, we gave to our readers a quote from one of Rev. Ophoff’s Standard Bearer articles in which he began his attack upon the conditional theology which was being taught in out circles and which led to the schism of 1953. It is not our purpose to enter into the entire controversy […]

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The Covenant Faithfulness of God

Have you ever traveled, possibly through the western states viewing the beautiful mountains and bountiful plains, or toured the north-eastern states with their autumn colors and beauty as God alone can make them? Upon a safe return, did you relive all the pleasant memories and experiences over and over again? I think we all have. […]

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Conventions a Quarter Century Later

The house-cleaning season is both frustrating and amusing. When one engages in the annual ritual called house-cleaning, the boredom and drudgery of the activity can be somewhat lightened by intriguing discoveries. In remote corners of closets, in neglected boxes, and in fragrant cedar chests one finds old hats, out-dated shoes, musty scrap books and treasured […]

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The Fifties

When first asked to write about the 1950’s, they appeared in my mind as a shapeless, featureless segment of history. But a little more concentration and the perusal of some “Standard Bearers” of the era began to give it dimensions. One bit of information suggested another and soon the “50’s” came alive again. January 1, […]

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Our Court Case

After all attempts at an out-of-court settlement failed, the case between The First Protestant Reformed Church, plaintiff, and Hubert De Wolf and his “consistory,” defendants, came up before Judge Thaddeus B. Taylor in the Superior Court of Grand Rapids. Proceedings and testimony before the court lasted from Tuesday, May 25, 1954 until Tuesday, June 15, […]

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Looking Back

This month Beacon Lights celebrates an anniversary, its first anniversary. It was one year ago, in the month of February, that our young people’s paper was first published, after a period of dormancy of about six months. Why wasn’t our paper published? You all realize the trouble in our Protestant Reformed Churches. Beacon Lights, too, […]

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The Promise

Several years ago, the Rev. Hoeksema wrote a pamphlet under the title, “The Gospel,” which has been published and reprinted more than once by the Sunday School Society of the First Protestant Reformed Church. In the interest of the truth vs. errors of those that have schismatically left our churches, and who, even today, continue […]

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Our Schools

If we look back over the thirty years of our existence as Protestant Reformed Churches to discover any serious lack we may have suffered, we would venture to say that our sore spot lies in our failure to provide proper facilities where our children might be instructed according to the demands of God’s covenant. Even […]

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A Righteous Cause

While we await the court decision of the Superior Court in Grand Rapids concerning the disposition of the name, archives, fund, plant, building and equipment of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, it is well that we draw back the reins of our rushing life, to make several observations in retrospect. This we […]

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The Easy Yoke

Would you say the spiritual life of the child of God is an easy way of life? With the recent conditional controversy still causing pain and anguish in the hearts of many who might sometimes have failed to grasp the extent of the doctrinal implications in all the phases of the argument, can we agree […]

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Our Present Controversy in the Light of History

It is important to bear in mind that a heretic is one that opposes one or more fundamental tenets authorized by the Church to which a heretic belongs. In the light of that definition it must be emphasized that those who will not submit to the teaching authorized by our Church are heretics. They are […]

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Letters

March 7, 1954 Holland, Mich. Dear Mr. Editor, In light of recent events, the letter in OPEN FORUM written by Hollis D. Heemstra was very much out of place. In these trying times we should not be busy condemning and calling the church of God names. Instead we should be praying and asking God to […]

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Straight Thinking

Out here in the Midwest corn belt, there is an insurance company – its name is not important – which has the rather gruesome custom of marking every fatal highway accident with a sign, which, besides bearing an “X” to mark the spot, also carries in large letters the single word “THINK.” I suppose the […]

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Open Forum

February 14, 1954 Grand Rapids, Mich.   In the light of recent events, we recall the grotesque antics of a contentious faction whose discordant ways kept the congregations of our Protestant Reformed Churches at loggerheads. What ailed the splinter group? Was it too much jealousy and selfishness interfering with the minds of the people who […]

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Of Faith and Charity

The well-known poet, Longfellow, once wrote that in this world a man must either be an anvil or a hammer. Perhaps without intending to, he neatly summed up the philosophy of living for many a worldly man seeking recognition, success and even security. Either make things or break things. Beat or get beat. Life is […]

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