RFPA Annual Meeting - "After 500 Years: What about James on Justification?"

If in this anniversary year of the Reformation, you confessed justification by faith alone to a Roman Catholic neighbor, or to an advocate of the heresy of the federal vision, and he responded by quoting to you James 2:21 and 25, could you maintain your confession, or would you be silenced?

All opponents of the gospel truth of justification by faith alone, from Rome to the federal vision of today, hang their hat on James 2.

At the annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association on Thursday, September 28, Prof. David J. Engelsma will not only show the harmony of James 2 on the one hand and of Romans 3-5 and Galatians on the other hand, but he will also demonstrate that James 2 itself convincingly proves that it does not compromise the Reformation’s gospel truth of justification by faith alone.

The lecture will develop the truth of justification set forth in the speaker’s recent book commemorating and defending the Reformation of the church in this, the 500th anniversary of that glorious event, Gospel Truth of Justification: Proclaimed, Defended, Developed (Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2017).

        

 

Location details:
Southwest Protestant Reformed Church
4875 Ivanrest Ave SW
Wyoming MI 49418

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Book(let) Alert! - 'The Necessity of Membership in a True Church' by David J. Engelsma

Most readers of the RFPA blog are familiar with Prof. David Engelsma. For sixteen years he was editor of the Standard Bearer and he has written numerous books which the RFPA has published, including two which treat the topic of church membership: Bound to Join and A Defense of the Church Institute.

Those who read and profited from these two books will be interested in knowing that the Reformed Witness Committee (RWC) of Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Walker, Michigan has recently published The Necessity of Membership in a True Church, written by Engelsma. The booklet contains two parts: the text of Engelsma's public lecture sponsored by the RWC at Hope Church on the evening of November 11, 2016 and the questions of the audience and the answers of Prof. Engelsma that followed the lecture.

Having been present on that evening and hearing the lecture and the questions and answers, I can assure you that your effort of listening to the lecture online or reading this booklet will be greatly rewarded. While church membership is not a popular topic to speak on and write about in these days of the great "falling away", and while many a churchman dare not touch the topic with a ten foot pole, Prof. Engelsma addresses the "life-or-death matter" of church membership head-on (pg. 9).

The first part of the booklet, the text of the lecture, is divided into five parts: The Necessary Membership, The Marks of a True Church, The Marks of a False Church, The Nature of the Necessary Membership in a True Church, and The Believer's Calling. The booklet is thoroughly scriptural and confessional throughout. To disagree with the author's assessment of membership in a true church and the believer's calling as a vigilant church member is to disagree with scripture and the Reformed Confessions.

The second part of the booklet contains twenty-five pages of penetrating questions and fearless answers that followed the lecture. In the words of the author, some of the questions were "provocative" (pg. 10). One of the questions was, "What do you see as the most pressing, or dangerous, or most likely route of apostasy in the Protestant Reformed Churches?" (pg. 43).  Another, "If one leaves a true church and joins a church that is becoming false, can it be said that, insofar as they have left the truth, they have left Christ?" (pg. 53).

I encourage you to take the time to read the author's answers. Learn about the "ja broer" or uncritical "yes, brother" ..."who affirms everything that goes on and every sermon simply because the elders arrange the service as they do and simply because the minister says whatever he says" (p. 52). Read the author’s fearless and pointed answer to a question regarding NAPARC, which reads in part: "...the liberated Reformed churches make no secret of their judgment of the Protestant Reformed Churches as false churches inasmuch as they confess the unconditional covenant of grace. To these influential churches in NAPARC, the Protestant Reformed Churches are the one, anomalous, 'conservative' false church. Because the Protestant Reformed Churches confess the gospel of salvation by sovereign, particular grace in the preaching of the gospel and in the covenant of grace!" (p. 57).

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To obtain a copy of this booklet, one can contact the RWC by email at hoperwc@gmail.com. An audio recording of the lecture is available at www.hopeprchurch.org.

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This post was written by Aaron Cleveland, a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you have a question or comment for Aaron, please do so in the comment section.

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Our newest book, 'Gospel Truth of Justification' by David J. Engelsma, has arrived!

Our newest book, Gospel Truth of Justification by David J. Engelsma, has arrived!

 

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MP3 Now Available! Radio Interview with Prof. Engelsma on The Sixteenth-Century Reformation of the Church


Prof. Engelsma once again did a radio interview with Chris Arnzen, the national, religious radio host of Iron Sharpens Iron. The broadcast was an interview on a book that Engelsma co-authored and edited, The Sixteenth-Century Reformation of the Church. This interview was of special significance since this year is the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation.

The interview was broadcast live March 30, from 4-6 pm on Chris Arnzen’s website: (http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com). 

 

The following is taken from the "About" page on the "Iron Sharpens Iron" website.

If you’re weary of the typical fluffy Christian radio broadcasts, you’ll find Iron Sharpens Iron addresses a multitude of topics from a distinctly Reformed Christian worldview. Chris Arnzen asks the right questions, presents guests who have the answers, and continually challenges Christians to apply their faith to every aspect of their lives.

 Click on the icon to listen to the radio interview.

Click on the icon to listen to the radio interview on the Iron Sharpens Iron website.

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LIVE Radio Interview with Prof. Engelsma - The Sixteenth-Century Reformation of the Church




Prof. Engelsma will once again be doing a radio interview with Chris Arnzen, the national, religious radio host of Iron Sharpens Iron. The broadcast will be an interview on a book that Engelsma co-authored and edited, The Sixteenth-Century Reformation of the Church. The interview is TODAY starting at 4 pm and will be broadcast on Arnzen’s website: (http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com). Be sure to tune in later today!

 The following is taken from the "About" page on the "Iron Sharpens Iron" website.

If you’re weary of the typical fluffy Christian radio broadcasts, you’ll find Iron Sharpens Iron addresses a multitude of topics from a distinctly Reformed Christian worldview. Chris Arnzen asks the right questions, presents guests who have the answers, and continually challenges Christians to apply their faith to every aspect of their lives.

 

 

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Live Radio Interview with Prof. Engelsma on The Sixteenth-Century Reformation of the Church


Prof. Engelsma will once again be doing a radio interview with Chris Arnzen, the national, religious radio host of Iron Sharpens Iron. The broadcast will be an interview on a book that Engelsma co-authored and edited, The Sixteenth-Century Reformation of the Church. The interview is scheduled for this week Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 pm and will be broadcast on Arnzen’s website: (http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com). Be sure to tune in tomorrow!

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Gospel Truth Of Justification: Proclaimed, Defended, Developed


AD 2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation of the church of Jesus Christ. In 1517 the Reformer Martin Luther affixed the ninety-five theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, the act by which Jesus Christ began his reformation of his church. Essential to this Reformation was the gospel-truth of justification by faith alone. This book on justification is intended by the Reformed Free Publishing Association and the author to celebrate that glorious work of Christ.

But the purpose is more than a celebration of the beginning of the Reformation. It is to maintain, defend, and promote the Reformation in the perilous times for the church at present. The doctrine of justification by faith alone is so fundamental to the gospel of grace that an exposition and defense of this truth are in order always. The true church of Christ in the world simply cannot keep silent about this doctrine. To keep silent about justification by faith alone would be to silence the gospel.
* This book will be sent automatically to Book Club members.

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New Books!

NOW AVAILABLE:

C H R I S T I A N I Z I N G   T H E   W O R L D 

This book is a critique of Abraham Kuyper’s cultural theory of a common grace of God and of the grandiose mission of this grace, and of those who confess the theory and evidently intend to promote it so that it accomplishes the end Kuyper claimed. The book exposes Kuyper’s biblical basis for his theory and its practical mission.

The first and main part of the book is a much-expanded version of the public lecture given in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014 under the auspices of the evangelism society of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The second part of the book consists of questions raised by the audience at the conclusion of the lecture and of the answers by the speaker at the lecture. 

$19.95 / $12.97 Book Club  |  192 pages

 

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This is the story of a true church of Jesus Christ with very humble beginnings. The congregation of mostly poor farmers faced and survived many challenges, some due to her isolated location in a hook-like bend in the Grand River. But this one-hundredth anniversary book of Hope Protestant Reformed Church is more than a record of Hope’s history. More importantly, it reveals the secrets of her continuance as a faithful church today: secrets which if heeded give Hope and like-minded churches hope for tomorrow.

Expected Release date: June 2016
Now taking preorders.


This book will not be automatically sent to Book Club members. However, Book Club discount may be used on this title.

$44.95 | 752 pages | Hardcover

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Christianizing the World

Christianizing the World: Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide?

This book is a critique of Abraham Kuyper’s cultural theory of a common grace of God and of the grandiose mission of this grace, and of those who confess the theory and evidently intend to promote it so that it accomplishes the end Kuyper claimed. The book exposes Kuyper’s biblical basis for his theory and its practical mission.

The first and main part of the book is a much-expanded version of the public lecture given in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014 under the auspices of the evangelism society of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The second part of the book consists of questions raised by the audience at the conclusion of the lecture and of the answers by the speaker at the lecture. 

  • 192 pages
  • hardcover
  • ISBN 978-1-944555-02-3
  • Retail: $19.95  |  Book Club USA: $12.97 | International $13.96

This book will be released mid May and will be automatically sent to all Book Club members.

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Listen to the Radio Interview with Prof. Engelsma: The Reformed Faith of John Calvin

A couple weeks ago Prof. Engelsma informed the RFPA about the possibility of a live-stream interview with Chris Arnzen. Arnzen is a national, religious radio host.

Chris Arnzen had approached Prof. Engelsma, asking him if he would do a series of live radio interviews on various books he has authored.

There is a possibility there could be subsequent interviews on six different books authored by Engelsma.

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 Click the icon to listen to the radio interview on the Iron Sharpens Iron website.

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