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Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Report Church Day West 1999

Written by Rev. H. Overduin
On Labour Day 1999 the Free Reformed Churches in the West met for their so-called annual Church Day. Pastor Wim Wullschleger mentioned in his opening remarks that this was the eleventh Church Day held in the West. Here, each church takes its turn to host and organize the day, and this time it was the Langley consistory and congregation that planned this special day. The following is a brief report about it.

The weather was gorgeous this Church Day, making for a nice drive to the Langley Free Reformed Church where about a hundred and seventy five people came together for a time of instruction and fellowship. All four churches were represented, also the Cowichan Valley Home Mission station on the island.

The speaker was pastor Kuldip Gangar and his topic was, ÒMillennialism.Ó Following a time of singing various Psalter selections, the reading of Revelation 20, some opening remarks and prayer, a group exited the sanctuary. Who were they? The children aged twelve and under. The Langley church had other things planned for them, including craft time, a hay wagon ride, and for the smaller children on the lawn outside there was what is called a ÒFun-BouncerÓÑa big kind of a room inflated with air that allows you to jump and jump and JUMP! The children also took time to learn a song during the morning session. They had to learn it because as part of the closing for the morning, the children came in to sing that song. The song they learned and sung was the hymn, ÒWhen He Cometh,Ó chosen also in connection with the topic of the day.

Pastor Gangar gave a very instructive speech, dealing with the four main views concerning ChristÕs return. This had nothing to do with the fact that we are, according to our calendar year the Lord willing, soon to enter into another millennium. After explaining the four millennial views briefly, pastor Gangar gave nine basic rules or guidelines for interpreting prophecy to help us in sorting out and being discerning concerning the various millennial views and the many Òprophecy teachers and preachersÓ out there. In the third part of his speech he went through Revelation 20 in an expository fashion, demonstrating the nine principles laid out there. Unfortunately, time prevented this part of his presentation from being completed. How fast the hour and a half went by!

Here we give, however, the nine guidelines he gave in brief for you to reflect on and to use in evaluating the teachings of others. It can serve as a helpful tool in detecting the erroneous views of the end times, especially that of dispensational (pretribulational) premillennialism.

1. The Bible alone must be our chartÑno matter who says what.
2. The goal of our search of Scripture is Christ, not to prove my or any one position. (ANY MILLENNIAL POSITON THAT DOES NOT HAVE CHRIST AS THE CENTRE IS OFF CENTRE!)
3. The New Testament must be the final interpreter of the Old Testament, and NOT the other way around.
4. The prophets spoke, using the symbols of the day to speak of future reality.
5. Scripture prophecies point to a spiritual inheritance, not earthly possession.
6. Old Testament prophecies are to be understood typically (spiritually and not literally).
7. The context is very important!
8. Words used by Biblical authors must be defined by how they use them, not how we use them.
9. Remember Scripture is SNAPÑthat is, SÑsufficient unto salvation; NÑnecessary unto salvation; AÑauthoritative; and PÑPlain, (perspicuous--clear) concerning salvation.

Perhaps you have further questions about these principles or about how they were applied to Revelation 20. You can order the tapes from the Langley Free Reformed Church for further explanation and information. We had a discussion period in the afternoon which showed the topic and speech were well received and that some good questions were raised.

Included in the afternoon session was a piano solo, a medley based on the hymn, ÒDay by Day.Ó This also fitted in well with the topic of the day as the last stanza of that song reads:

Help me then in evÕry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faithÕs sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
EÕer to take, as from a fatherÕs hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

The Langley church went the extra mile in hosting this day. Besides organizing everything well, they offered lunch to everyone free of charge. Both old and young enjoyed being together. It was a day of being taught sound doctrine and having Christian fellowship. It was a day in which we were reminded, also with our singing, how all-important and most blessed it is to truly know and trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and so, by grace through faith Òto wait for [GodÕs] Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, [Who] delivered us from the wrath to comeÓ (I Thessalonians 1:10).

The afternoon session was over shortly after two oÕclock so that everyone could get home on time and still relax somewhat on this last holiday of the summer season.

Next year, if the Lord tarries, the Abbotsford FRC will be in charge of planning and organizing church day.

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