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Religious Terms Defined

This year (1976 ) THE OUTLOOK (formerly TORCH AND TRUMPET) is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. The first issue was for April. May 1951. Each issue during 1976 is to carry one or more reprints from the issues of that first year, 1951. At the time he wrote this contribution, Rev. Johannes G. Vos was pastor of […]

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The Cultic Character of the Toronto Movement

The Toronto Movement (AACS) is described in this lucid and informative article as cultic in character. The writer, Rev. Johannes G. Vos, is a minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America; Professor Emeritus, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; and editor of Blue Banner Faith and Life. It will be of interest to our […]

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WHAT IS THE EVOLUTIONARY WORLD VIEW? A. It is a Non-Theistic Conception of Reality. Classic evolutionism is essentially atheistic or pantheistic. The postulate of Biblical Theism is inherently foreign to evolutionistic thought. This is not to say that all evolutionists are atheists or pantheists, or that no evolutionist sincerely professes the Christian Faith. People are […]

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Surrender to Evolution: Inevitable or Inexcusable?

l. Is Evolution “Proved Fact” and therefore Unchallengeable? This is certainly the popular impression. It is fostered by constantly repeated assertions in the press and in academic circles. Many who repeat such assertions do not have intelligently held convictions based upon consideration of evidence, but are merely uncritically repeating cliches. Where the statement that evolution […]

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The Offense of the Cross

“If I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offense of the cross ceased.” Gal. 5:11 The word here translated “offense” is the Greek “skandalon,” which first meant the trigger of a trap or snare, then an occasion of stumbling. Our word “scandal” is derived from it. The offense of the cross is the […]

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Calvinism in America Today and Tomorrow

The pioneer missionary Adonirum Judson, languishing in a Burmese jail, was asked, “What do you think now of the prospects for the conversion of the heathen?” He replied: “The prospects are as bright as the promises of God.” We will do well to regard the prospect for the future of Calvinism in America in the same light. […]

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The Law of God

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin” – Romans 7:14 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20 By “the Law of God” we mean the moral law […]

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A Righteous Man Who Compromised

Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tend toward Sodom.” Genesis 13:12 Lot was a Righteous Man, but Covetous Like Abraham, Lot was a believer in Jehovah, a person justified by faith. 2 Peter 2:6–8 shows this. He really was a child of God, […]

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The Sin of Divided Devotion

“They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.” 2 Kings 17:33 After a long siege, Samaria fell to the Assyrian army in 722 B.C., and the people were deported to remote regions. Then the Assyrians took people from other regions and settled them in the territory […]

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Are Bones a Luxury?

Our pastor preached another doctrinal sermon. It is gelling to be almost more than we can stand! This remark of a Covenanter church member betrays a common, but deplorably wrong-headed, attitude toward the doctrinal system of the Christian Faith. People who say such things regard instruction in Christian truth as a boresome nuisance. They prefer “inspirational” sermons. But “inspiration” will be a […]

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