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    ESRA NUUSBRIEF: 1 April 2004 AD Hieronder is die inhoudsopgawe van die kerklike tydskrif, The Standard Bearer (SB). Die SB is die tydskrif van die Protestant
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      ESRA NUUSBRIEF: 1 April 2004 AD

      Hieronder is die inhoudsopgawe van die kerklike tydskrif, The Standard
      Bearer (SB). Die SB is die tydskrif van die Protestant Reformed Churches in
      America (PRCA). Die artikels daarin is hoogs relevant vir die huidige debat
      aangaande bybelse reformasie in kerke van gereformeerde belydenis. Sien
      veral die volgende twee artikels wat spesifiek van belang is vir SA:

      - Why a Reformed Christian May Not Attend the Movie, The Passion of the
      Christ, and What He or She Must Witness to Those Who Do*

      - The Reformed Churches of South Africa: A Reformed Perspective on the
      History and Current Struggle in the Dopper Churches of South Africa

      Hieronder is die inhoudsopgawe, plus die inleiding tot laasgenoemde artikel.
      Die volledige tydskrif kan gesien word by

      http://www.prca.org/standard_bearer/volume80/2004apr01.html#Feature%20Articl
      e:

      Groete
      Slabbert Le Cornu
      _____________________________________________
      Esra Instituut: Posbus 19105 Noordbrug 2522 Suid-Afrika
      Web: esra-instituut.tripod.com E-pos: esra@...
      _____________________________________________

      The Standard Bearer: April 1, 2004 Vol. 80; No. 13; April 1, 2004

      Table of Contents:
      - Meditation - Rev. Martin VanderWal
      · Come, See the Place!

      - Editorial -- Prof. David J. Engelsma
      · The Film: The Passion of Christ

      Letters
      · Delight over Assurance
      · More on"Gospel Services"
      · Response
      · In Favor of the "Vernacular"

      - Feature Article - · The Reformed Churches of South Africa

      -When Thou Sittest in Thine House - Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma
      · Working Mothers

      -That They May Teach Them to Their Children - Prof. Russell Dykstra
      · Two Covenants, Two Schools (3)

      Editorially Speaking...
      In this issue of the Standard Bearer, we begin a three-part series on
      the history and present doctrinal and spiritual condition of the Dutch
      Reformed
      church in South Africa. The articles feature the Gereformeerde Kerken van
      Suid-Africa (Reformed Churches of South Africa), known popularly as the
      "Dopper"
      churches. In the past, this has been the soundest of the Reformed churches
      in
      South Africa.

      Most readers of the Standard Bearer have little knowledge of the Reformed
      church in South Africa and its present struggles. The only mention of the
      Reformed churches in South Africa by the religious press in North America
      has
      been castigation of apartheid. The more important issues of faithfulness in
      doctrine and worship are of no concern to these magazines and journals.
      There are theological developments in the Reformed churches in South Africa
      that are of the greatest interest to all who love the Reformed faith. The
      report that begins in this issue informs us of these developments.

      The editorial in this issue, interrupting the series on assurance, is the
      text of a speech given to the students and faculty of Covenant Christian
      High
      School in Walker, MI. At the request of the administration of the school, I
      explained why Reformed Christians, particularly the students at Covenant,
      ought
      not to attend the movie The Passion of the Christ. The speech was given the
      morning of February 25. The movie was to be released to the public that
      evening. Because many have requested a copy of the speech and because the
      speech may be of benefit to a wider audience, I publish it here.


      The Reformed Churches of South Africa: A Reformed Perspective on the History
      and
      Current Struggle in the Dopper Churches of South Africa

      1. The Current Crisis in the GKSA
      "We have currently arrived at the biggest difference of opinion in the
      144-year existence of the Reformed Churches in South Africa (GKSA =
      Gereformeerde Kerke van Suid-Afrika). The difference of opinion is
      irrefutable,
      but our prayer is that the Lord will keep us from a church schism."

      This is quoted from professor-emeritus JH van Wyk, currently editor of Die
      Kerkblad (The Church Magazine), the official church magazine of the GKSA, in
      the
      December 2003 edition of this magazine. This verdict was reached as a result
      of
      certain decisions that were made at the GKSA Synod in January 2003. These
      decisions could lead to a church schism in the GKSA, unless the Lord sees
      fit to
      spare us from this. Some of the controversial recommendations and decisions
      that have been made are the following:

      - not recognizing the Sabbath as a creation ordinance anymore, but rather
      just
      as something which we follow because of the examples of the early church and
      the Apostles;
      - freedom to use individual glasses ('kelkies') on certain grounds, together
      with the cup at the Lord's Supper;
      - changing the words of the Apostles Creed from "descended into hell," to
      "who,
      to death, has undergone the anxiety of hell";
      - opening the office of deacon to women; and
      - accepting a new non-messianic rhymed psalmbook (2001), to be used
      alongside
      the older messianic rhymed psalmbook (1936).

      It was especially the last two decisions that sent stirrings through local
      congregations. Many local churches were not prepared to accept and implement
      the above decisions, while others have taken a 'neutral' stance, not
      accepting
      or rejecting the decisions, but rather waiting for further developments.
      Some
      churches have sent 'open letters' to all churches, in which they openly
      reject
      the last two decisions as being against Scripture, the Three Forms of Unity,
      and
      the Church Order. One church has declared openly its official grieving
      (doleer), stating that they are now to be known as "The Reformed Church of
      Waterberg (Dolerend)." The signs of church schism were seen most clearly
      when
      in October 2003 two very different kinds of meetings were held in Pretoria.
      One
      gathering of Doppers praised and thanked the Lord for the new Psalmbook
      (which
      contained the new rhymed 2001 editions of the psalms), while the other
      gathering
      of Doppers questioned and rejected the new 2001-rhymed psalms, lamenting
      before
      the Lord the deformation in the GKSA, which - it was argued - is the
      consequence
      of a change in our view of God, Scripture, and the Church. In November 2003,
      the regional-synods of the GKSA answered negatively to the cry of concerned
      members and churches to call out a 'special synod' to discuss the doctrinal
      issues and differences of opinions that are threatening the unity of the
      churches and could end in a schism in the GKSA.

      To understand the current crisis of the GKSA more clearly, we need to go
      back in history, all the way to 1652. ....

      Sien die res van die artikel by:

      http://www.prca.org/standard_bearer/volume80/2004apr01.html#Feature%20Articl
      e:

      Groete
      Slabbert Le Cornu
      _____________________________________________
      Esra Instituut: Posbus 19105 Noordbrug 2522 Suid-Afrika
      Web: esra-instituut.tripod.com E-pos: esra@...
      _____________________________________________
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