This is a sermon from our sermon library preached between 1955-1965.
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 4
Question 9. Doth not God then do injustice to man, by requiring from him in his law, that which he cannot perform? Answer. Not at all; for God made man capable of performing it; but man, by the instigation of the devil, and his own wilful disobedience, deprived himself and all his posterity of those divine gifts.
Question 10. Will God suffer such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished? Answer. By no means; but is terribly displeased with our original as well as actual sins; and will punish them in his just judgment temporally and eternally, as he hath declared, "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law, to do them."
Question 11. Is not God then also merciful? Answer. God is indeed merciful, but also just; therefore his justice requires, that sin which is committed against the most high majesty of God, be also punished with extreme, that is, with everlasting punishement of body and soul.
God is just. I agree with the message of the sermon: God is just and punishes sin and the sinner. Man is totally depraved and responsible for his sin. However, I do not agree with the preacher's denial of Common grace.
Jason Boothe (2/15/2009)
from Piketon, Ohio
Praise God for Truth! Great sermon on an important topic. Pastors, especially those who insist on teaching 'common grace', need a healthy exposure to this kind of faithful preaching! What a blessing!
Herman Hoeksema (1886-1965) is considered one of the founding "fathers" of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. He and his consistory (Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI) were suspended and deposed from their offices in 1924-1925 because of their...