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Articles are documents which address a particular topic of interest at the time they were written. These articles cover a wide range of issues addressing church matters, public events and christian responses to topics and still contain revelant instructions for christian growth even though some of the articles are not as timely as when they were first written.
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Antichrist and the Apostasy:  the Antithesis in Doctrine and Life Antichrist and the Apostasy: the Antithesis in Doctrine and Life
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Antichrist and the Apostasy:  the Antithesis in Doctrine and Life

The Scriptures speak of the coming of an antichrist and of an apostasy. 1 John 2: "the
Antichrist is coming" (vs 18). 2 Thess 2 adds that the Day of Christ will not come unless the
apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed (vs 3). Jesus told His disciples to beware
of "false Christs" and "false prophets" who would surely come showing great signs and
wonders in an attempt to deceive, if possible, even the elect (Mt 24:24f). And John saw in the
Revelation shown to him some beasts rise out of the sea to terrorize the earth (Rev 13). What,
we wonder, is all this; are we to expect an Antichrist still to appear on the world stage? Or a
Man of Sin? Or a false Christ? Or those Beasts? If yes, what is the relation between them all?
If no, has the Antichrist appeared already? Or the Man of Sin?


Agenda Item Five of Synod Launceston 1998 Agenda Item Five of Synod Launceston 1998
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1998 Synod of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia in relation to Rev F vanHulst
The agenda of the Synods of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia follows a fixed pattern. Each Synod over the years has had as Agenda Item Five the point of "Delegates’ agreement with the Three Forms of Unity". This item forms the first item of business that Synod deals with after its constitution, and is usually a brief and straight forward (though significant – see below) procedure. Synod Launceston, however, took 10 meeting days to finalise Agenda Item Five. In what follows, I attempt to give an account of why it took this Synod so long to finalise this agenda item.

Catechism Preaching Catechism Preaching
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Some time ago I received a letter from an overseas preacher lamenting that he had not been taught at Seminary how to preach Catechism sermons (nor was he familiar with it from youth). Because of a lack of doctrinal awareness in his church, he had come to see the need for Catechism preaching.

Our Children Gods Children Our Children Gods Children
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With this article, I want to draw out that the children entrusted into our care are heirs of God's kingdom ; God has claimed these children for Himself in His covenant of grace, so that all His promises in Jesus Christ are for them. This royal identity implies that each of our children are exceedingly special to God. This identity in turn affects -even dictates- the way we treat our offspring.