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The Antithesis: Godly Living in Ungodly Times

Table of contents for Antithesis series


These articles are taken from the three speeches that were given in January 2007 at the Winter Conference sponsored by the Evangelism Committee of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Holland, MI. The theme for this conference was “The Antithesis: Godly Living in Ungodly Times.”

This topic is relevant in light of the fact that the term itself (“antithesis”) has been largely forgotten. In addition to this, the important truth that the term expresses, as well as the practical application of it to the Christian life, is often denied, and even opposed, in this age of tolerance and ecumenism. For these reasons we felt it beneficial to treat this subject.

Living Antithetically In An Age of Immorality

Speech #3 of The Antithesis: Godly Living in Ungodly Times

Prof. Herman Hanko


The antithesis, as the previous speakers made clear, is that work of God, sovereignly executed, by means of which God reaches down into this world of sin and darkness, seemingly under the control and power of Satan, and, through the salvation of His people, causes the light of His truth and holiness to shine. Satan has made his attempt to seize control of this creation and of the human race, but God does not relinquish His world to Satan. God stakes His claim to the world by the testimony and lives of His people. The world says, “We serve Satan. We will take God’s world from Him and make it ours to do with it as we please.” Over against that loud boast, God says, through His people, “This creation is mine. I made it. I will redeem it. I will glorify it and accomplish my own eternal purpose in making it. I will punish with everlasting destruction those who claim it for their own.”

Living Antithetically In An Age of Covetousness

Speech #2 of The Antithesis: Godly Living in Ungodly Times

Rev. Garry Eriks


The antithesis is a fundamental aspect of a Reformed Christian’s worldview. Although the term “worldview” is of fairly recent origin, the concept is not new for the Reformed Christian. Worldview is simply an understanding from Scripture of the Christian’s place and calling in this world. For the Reformed Christian this worldview is based upon the doctrines of God’s Word. There is much discussion today about a Christian worldview, and even a Reformed worldview at conferences and in print. It is not my intention to treat worldview as such. But I call to your attention, that when we treat the antithesis we are considering a vital aspect of the Christian’s worldview.

Living Antithetically In A Technological Age

Speech #1 of The Antithesis: Godly Living in Ungodly Times

Rev. Daniel Kleyn


The subject before us is both an important and timely one. One reason for this is because the word “antithesis” itself has in many ways fallen into disuse. As a result, there is a measure of ignorance today concerning what exactly the antithesis is. It is good, therefore, that we take the time to look at and set forth the meaning of this term.

It is also an important and timely subject because the truth of the antithesis is very practical. That is expressed in the subtitle for this pamphlet, “Godly Living in Ungodly Times.” The antithesis, you see, has to do with how we live, and more specifically, with how we do so in relation to the world in which God has placed us. We realize that the world we live in is not a godly world. Society is not Christian. Rather, we live in very ungodly times. And that in itself makes this subject very timely and crucially important to every one of us.