Dr. Klooster on the Decisions of 1921. The reader will remember that in the preceding issue 6f this paper we reflected on an article appearing in the November issue of Torch and Trumpet in which Dr. Fred H. Klooster wrote on “The Synodical Decisions of 1924 on Common Grace.” Because of our limited space, we promised to continue with this subject. in this issue of our paper.
However, the reader will also have noticed in the last issue of The Standard Bearer that the editor-in-chief also promised to reflect on this article of Dr. Klooster in this issue. Had we known that he planned to do this, we would have remained silent, simply for the reason that we believe no one is more capable of answering Dr. Klooster or anyone else in the Christian Reformed Church than the Rev. H. Hoeksema who was personally involved in the controversy of 1924 on the common grace issue. For this reason also we refrain from writing more at this time on Dr. Klooster’s article. We see no need to fill up The Standard Bearer on this subject when it can be ably disposed of in one article.
We do wish to say this, however, that we deplore the fact that the Rev. Hoeksema has to answer Dr. Klooster in The Standard Bearer which many subscribers to Torch and Trumpet do not read. We repeat what we suggested more than once before thatTorch and Trumpet would regain our respect if it would allow the Rev. Hoeksema the space necessary to answer Dr. Klooster and therein also to present his views on the matter of common grace. We have not discussed this with the Rev. Hoeksema, and we are not even sure that he would accept an invitation fromTorch and Trumpet to write in that paper after their previous refusal to publish an article on the subject of common grace sent in to them upon the request of the editorial staff of that paper. We could hardly blame him if he should refuse another such request. Nevertheless, we believe there are some Christian ethics involved here which demand that a man who is so universally acclaimed as a Reformed theologian and scholar, yet so continuously criticized and condemned without a hearing, should be given the opportunity to point out to the Christian Reformed constituency not only the error of their position on common grace, but also the grievous sin that was committed when they banished him and others from their communion.
Jehovah’s Witnesses Make Resolutions.
The persistent religious sect known by a host of different names but especially as Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose representatives are generally vanquished when they make their appearance at our door, have this time gained an audience through the assistance of a trusted servant of the government, our daily mail-man.
This time the strategy of this audacious sect worked. They evidently knew that we would be curious enough to read The Watchtower, dated Nov. 1, 1958, a semi-monthly magazine in which they make a written pronouncement of a set of resolutions taken recently when an international convention was held in New York City. And that is exactly what we did. What we read also moved us to repeat these resolutions to our readers. That may also have be-n part of their strategy, which also has succeeded. The following is a quotation of the article they wanted us to read:
“We, Jehovah’s Witnesses, assembled here in Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds, New York City, in the Divine Will International Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses this first day of August, 1958, do unite in declaring that we are exclusively devoted to the divine Sovereign of the universe and to the interests of his promised new world now at hand;
“That we deplore the fact that the inspired written Word of the Universal Sovereign is ignored due to the delinquency of the religious leaders of Christendom, who have made the people forget the holy name of the sovereign God by various religious means, whereas we, His witnesses, take the greatest pleasure in honoring and vindicating that holy name and in confessing before all men that the name by which He alone is distinguished is Jehovah (Ps. 83:18, AV);
“That all nations today owe their life ‘to Jehovah God as the great Creator and Fountain of life, inasmuch as all the nations have a common descent from the main survivor of the global flood, the patriarch Noah, who walked with Jehovah God to the preserving alive of our human race;
“That because of our common descent from Noah, who was the tenth in line of descent from the first man Adam, all the many nations, tribes and peoples of this modern day should recognize that we are one human family, one human race, for whom Jehovah. God has made one common provision through his Son Jesus Christ for our everlasting life and happiness in His approaching new world;
“That, since the founding of the city of Babylon shortly after the great flood, a wicked world has been built up, of which the Holy Bible declares Satan the Devil to be the invisible god and ruler; and that under him and his demons the nations and languages of the earth have broken up the unity of the human race and have, brought mankind to the dangerous situation today in which there is no peace and in which there is no loving family harmony;
“That, in love for his human creation, Jehovah God has willed that a righteous new world be introduced for all men of good will in his appointed time, for which reason he has numbered the days of this internationally split old world, and this old world is now far along in its ‘appointed time of the end’:
“That the Most High God of heaven has his own chosen government for all the earth, and that in the autumn of the year 1914 he installed his loyal Son, the glorified Jesus Christ, to be king in the heavens and to destroy all the enemies of God and of man and to reign over men of good will in the blessed new world, for which reason, at Jesus’ installment in 1914, the ‘Appointed time of the end’ for all the nations of the old world began and is now nearing its climactic conclusion;
“That the only stable government in the universe is the established kingdom of God in the hands of his anointed Son, Jesus Christ; and that not a single government in Christendom has God’s backing, inasmuch as He is backing his own government, the Messianic kingdom, and Christendom’s governments are doomed to destruction by him at the universal war of Armageddon, in which his reigning King will fight them and all the rest of the Devil’s organization, human and demonic;
“That, since A.D. 1914, the evidences have continued to multiply in proof that God’s kingdom now, reigns from the heavens; and not only do we have the prophecy of his Son Jesus Christ regarding these visible evidences on hand in the, Holy Bible for consultation, but God has raised up his speaking witnesses to preach the good news of the reigning kingdom and to serve warning notice of the war of Armageddon by word of mouth, letting the people hear, that they may say: ‘It is the truth’;
“That in spite of the fulfilled prophecies of God’s Word, with which the religious clergy should be acquainted, and in spite of the increasing testimony of His living, speaking witnesses, the religious leaders of all denominations of Christendom have refused to join in the Kingdom witness, in fulfillment of Matthew 24:14, and have opposed, even persecuted, Jehovah’s witnesses and have rejected. God’s kingdom and have turned the peoples to man-made political remedies for human ills;
“That, in their fear of ungodly communism and of more world war the clergy have turned their backs on Jesus Christ the King and have endorsed the political organizations for perpetuating this old world, which is God’s enemy, namely, the League of Nations and its successor, the United Nations; and they have led and encouraged the people in the idolizing of these human makeshifts for God’s kingdom; and in their worldly-wise schemes to safeguard the people from further devastating world war by means of these incapable organizations, the clergy have failed to help the people to find refuge and security against the far more destructive universal war, ‘the war of the great day of God the Almighty’ (Rev. 16:14, 16); so that, in times of international peace, the clergy hypocritically encourage the nations not to fight one another, not to fight against men, but, by backing up the political schemes of men, they encourage the nations to fight against God, both now and in the coming war of Armageddon;
“That the nations are now on judgment before Jehovah God the Supreme Judge, and the clergy of Christendom stand as the most reprehensible and delinquent class on earth before Him, and at Armageddon he will give his judicial attention first to them, and all the blind peoples who follow these blind religious guides will suffer execution with them at God’s hand;
“That, amid this most serious situation of the old world, and in view of the failure of Christendom’s clergy, we are most grateful to Jehovah for the privilege of being His witnesses to all the nations in this time of the end; and we deeply appreciate the heavy responsibility resting on us to uphold the honor of his name and to carry out the commission laid upon us;
“That, figuratively speaking, we have beaten our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning shears and, although of so many nationalities, we will not lift up sword against one another because we are Christian brothers and members of the one family of God, neither will we learn to war against one another any more, but we will walk in God’s paths in peace, unity and brotherly love;
“That what has made us one Christian people despite the fact that we come from so many diversified peoples is that we have separated ourselves from this world and its hateful conflicts and have dedicated ourselves through Jesus Christ to our one God and heavenly Father, and. we sincerely pray to Him in unity: ‘Let your will come to pass, as in heaven, also upon earth’; not the will of the worldly nations under the ‘ruler of this world,’ Satan the Devil;
“That our earthly organization is theocratic because it is ruled by God the Most High as Head over all, and our Leader under Him is no political dictator but is Jesus Christ our Right Shepherd, and God’s holy spirit is the active force that moves us and accomplishes God’s will through us, and the inspired Holy Scriptures are our book of law and instruction and higher education; . . . .
“Accordingly, on this inspiring occasion, we call upon all lovers of life in happiness under righteous government, to whose attention this Resolution may come, to take to heart its import and to honor the name of the Creator of heaven and earth and to turn to His kingdom by Christ as the rightful government of the new world and to bring themselves into harmony with his perfect Will, because <=”” font=””>I John 2:17.”
The reader should observe that we omitted two paragraphs in this quotation only because of lack of space. Enough is quoted, however, to allow the reader to judge as to the anti-Scriptural and ungodly character of ‘this anarchistic sect.>
It is noteworthy that the “resolution” contain repeated reference to “the inspired written Word of the Universal Sovereign,” while it is well-known that Russellites destroy the supernatural character of the Bible. It is also striking that these “resolutions” refer again and again to Christ as the Son of God, while the truth is that, like its Arian brother, Russellism denies the divinity of Christ. True to form the “resolutions” mock with the Scriptural doctrine of an ordained clergy, and divine ordination of government. They recognize only a theocratic kingdom at the head of which they have placed Jesus Christ who began to realize his kingdom of which the Russellites only are the citizens in A.D. 1914. No doubt there will be many ignorant souls that will fall for these pernicious resolutions.