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As to Conditions (11)

As to Conditions (11)

This eleventh and final article in the series 'As to Conditions' was written by Herman Hoeksema in the June 1950 issue of the Standard Bearer. ____________ Once more we meet with the term condition in the Canons of Dordrecht, and again the word is put in the mouth of the Remonstrants. It is found in Chapter 5, Rejection of Errors, 1: ‘The true doctrine having been’ explained, the Synod rejects the errors of those: “Who teach: That the perseverance of the true believers is not a fruit of...

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June 2020 Standard Bearer preview article

June 2020 Standard Bearer preview article

 Click to read pdf as printed in the June 2020 issue. This article is written by Rev. Joseph Holstege and will be published in the June 2020 issue of the Standard Bearer. Mind In days of pestilence and its resulting trouble, warranted is the apostle’s admonition that we “be not soon shaken in mind” (2 Thess. 2:2). When tempted to broadcast our opinions on said pestilence and its effects, the caution of Proverbs 29:11 is also in order: “A fool uttereth all his...

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Did you miss these books during quarantine?

Did you miss these books during quarantine?

Unfolding Covenant History (volume 6): From Samuel to Solomon and Letters from Katie Luther: A Novel are now available! “This story impressed upon me the importance of godly friendships.”—Sarah Mowery, children’s book reviewer for Perspectives in Covenant Education   “In every chapter [of this book] we are led from the types in their weaknesses and sins to the reality, even to the Lord Jesus Christ and his cross where alone we find our salvation. This book comes highly recommended.”—Rev. Martyn McGeown...

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As to Conditions (10)

This tenth article in the series 'As to Conditions' was written by Herman Hoeksema in the May 15, 1950 issue of the Standard Bearer. ____________ Before I proceed with my discussion of condition, I want to call the attention of our readers to something I wrote almost twenty years ago, and in which I apparently teach conditions myself. I refer the reader to Volume VI, page 90, ff., of the Standard Bearer. This passage occurs in a series of articles which have been published in pamphlet form under the title, Calvin, Berkhof,...

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Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, by Richard J. Smit This little book discusses the nine aspects of the fruit that proceed from that fountain, Christ, and which by his Spirit he works in his saints. The book encourages branches of believers and their seed unto a life of good fruit-bearing. This beautiful paperback is a perfect gift book for anyone, young or old. This book also works well as a devotional. PAPERBACK EBOOK

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A REMINDER about our May Book Sale!

A REMINDER about our May Book Sale!

In an effort to free up some space in our warehouse for the new books we continue to publish, the RFPA is offering older titles with a large inventory for 70% off the retail price.* This month’s books are: Communion With God Peace for the Troubled Heart  Retail price $28.95 each Sale price—$8.69 each! These are both excellent books for personal devotions and they also make great gifts for high school and college graduates! ________________ *Note to RFPA book club members: 70% discount on these...

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As to Conditions (9)

We must still call attention to the very last part of Canons III, IV, 12.

There we read: “Whereupon the will thus renewed, is not only actuated and influenced by God, but in consequence of this influence, becomes itself active. Wherefore also, man is himself rightly said to believe and repent, by virtue of that grace received.”

Now the meaning of this is plain.

The article had first emphasized that the grace of regeneration is absolutely sovereign and unconditional. 

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Don’t forget—The Standard Bearer is available for free online!

Don’t forget—The Standard Bearer is available for free online!

The May 15 issue of The Standard Bearer is now available here: https://rfpa.org/pages/the-standard-bearer. Here are a few articles in this issue: “A Fruitful Vine” by Rev. Michael DeVries “Taming the Tongue” by Rev. Rodney Kleyn “Relating Good Works and Justification” by Prof. Brian Huizinga “Book review: Unfolding Covenant History (Volume 6): From Samuel to Solomon” by Rev. David Noorman And don’t forget—the April 15 issue and the May 1 special issue, Since by man came death, are still available and can...

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May 15, 2020 Standard Bearer issue is now available!

May 15, 2020 Standard Bearer issue is now available!

Due to printing restrictions related to COVID-19, the RFPA is temporarily unable to print and distribute hard copies of The Standard Bearer. Once these restrictions have been lifted, the RFPA will print and mail out all postponed hard copy issues of the magazine. In the meantime, these issues will be available for free online as they are produced. You can read the May 15, 2020 issue at: https://rfpa.org/pages/the-standard-bearer.  

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As to Conditions (8)

As to Conditions (8)

In our last article under this heading we referred to Canons heads three and four, article 12, which speaks of regeneration. And at the close of that article we had several questions which we now shall discuss.

The first question in whether, if faith is a condition, regeneration must not also be considered as conditional, as something which man must fulfill in order that God may give him the grace of regeneration. That would seem to be almost an impossible conception, but it is also a conception which seems to be implied in what the Rev. Petter writes in Concordia of Feb. 2, 1950. For there he writes that the Spirit of regeneration, the Spirit of salvation, comes after repentance and is related to the latter as a condition.

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May Book Sale!

May Book Sale!

In an effort to free up some space in our warehouse for the new books we continue to publish, the RFPA is offering older titles with a large inventory for 70% off the retail price.* This month’s books are: Communion With God Peace for the Troubled Heart  Retail price $28.95 each Sale price—$8.69 each! These are both excellent books for personal devotions and they also make great gifts for high school and college graduates! ________________ *Note to RFPA book club members:...

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Mothers’ Day

Mothers’ Day

Dear moms, We realize that you have been spending a lot of time with your kids in the last few weeks. And a lot of that time was probably spent reminding them to focus on their schoolwork, telling them to be kind to their siblings, and asking them to please stop making a mess. Do you need a break from being your children’s demanding taskmaster? Take some time to sit down on the couch and read with them. And what could...

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REMINDER: Upcoming Website Maintenance—5/2-5/4

REMINDER: Upcoming Website Maintenance—5/2-5/4
Reformed Free Publishing Association is excited to announce that we are launching a new website!

As a valued customer, we are reaching out to inform you of some scheduled maintenance that is required to bring you a fresh and improved website experience. The website will be in maintenance mode and inaccessible during the following period:
Website Maintenance Begins: Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 1AM (EST)
Website Maintenance Ends: Monday, May 4, 2020 at 8AM (EST)

There is no action required from you. Your account login and history will stay the same. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we launch!

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As To Conditions (7)

In my last article on this subject (cf. The Standard Bearer of Dec. 15, 1949) I was discussing Canons 2, article 8, an article of our confessions which completely covers the entire truth of our salvation from election to eternal glory. Yet, this article not only fails to speak of conditions but leaves no room for the notion at all.

It speaks of the sovereign decree of election as the unconditional source of our salvation. It emphasizes that the gift of faith is bestowed by God only upon the elect, so that faith is presented as belonging to salvation itself. Moreover, by this God-given means of faith, the elect are infallibly led unto salvation. And how can a gift possibly be, at the same time, a condition unto that gift?

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