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We can probably do many of our younger readers a service if we publish a brief resume of the article by Dr. Schilder that appeared in De Reformatie recently and in which the writer clearly reveals his attitude towards the Protestant Reformed Churches. Many a reader cannot read the Holland language. Yet, he is deeply interested in these matters. Very frequently I have heard the suggestion, even received requests to discuss these matters in the English language. He, no doubt, heard of this article in question, for it was the subject of many a conversation. And he would like to...

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What is the proper attitude of the Christian with respect to the wars of the world, to war as such; may the Christian ever actively participate in war; may he ever refuse to serve in war when his country calls him? On these questions we wrote a few articles in our Standard Bearer about four years ago. The practical interest and significance of them appears much more real today, now another war broke out in Europe, and we do not know as yet how the conflagration may spread. And now we learn from The Calvin Forum that the Synod of...

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Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers; and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. . . . Rom. 15:5-9 God is glorious! His alone is the...

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At the time of the writing of this article there still is something about the present European war that makes one wonder and creates a feeling of suspicion and doubt. Whether or not a general European conflict is in the offing is somewhat doubtful. From the very beginning there was something strange about this war. The bone of contention or, at least, the immediate occasion of the outbreak of the war was Poland. Germany demanded Danzig and a passage through the “Corridor.” Poland refused. She formed an alliance with England and France, who encouraged her in her stand against the...

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Under the heading “Confusion” the editor of The Banner recently wrote the following: “Those who know what Professor L. Berkhof has written and believes on the subject of common grace and also read De Reformatie must have smiled when they read a recent article in the latter, written by its editor-in-chief, in which Prof. Berkhof is represented as having doubt, to say the least, whether there is an attitude (“gezindheid”) of favor in God toward the reprobate. “A quotation from Prof. Berkhof’s book on common grace is supposed to prove that strange contention. The statement was found that there is...

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Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of time (or: unto a dispensation of the fullness of time, R.V.) he might gather together in one all things in Christ (or: to sum up all things in Christ, R.V.), both which are in heaven and which are on earth. Eph. 1:9, 10 Glorious mystery of His will! Hid from the beginning, but now made known in Christ, through the apostles and prophets. The mystery of the final end God had...

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In its “Testimony” with regard to membership of worldly unions the Consistory of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids also inserted the following paragraph: “In view of the present industrial conditions, the gigantic corporations and mass production, the Consistory recognizes the fact that the individual laborer can hardly have a position and collective bargaining and organization are often necessary. And, therefore, although we cannot in every respect agree with the existing C.L.A., we would advise you to support it and use your influence with that organization.” A few parties expressed their disagreement with this advice of the Consistory....

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The editorial in The Christian Labor Herald to which we referred in the preceding number of our paper, continues as follows: There are a number of reasons for that mistaken idea, a few of which we shall touch on. First of all such a position is due to the old idea of rugged individualism, according to which each man has to look out for himself, should not be influenced or interfered with by others. That totally unscriptural idea is still popular among certain people today. But, there is a very plain teaching of Scripture which says that we are our...

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Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Ps. 51:9 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide and mine acquaintance; we took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. Ps. 55:13, 15 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scripture might be fulfilled: he that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. John 13:18 That the Scriptures might be fulfilled! All the Scriptures must be fulfilled,...

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Our Synodical Stated Clerk received a second letter from the consistory of the “Protesting Christian Reformed Church” of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the purpose of which is, evidently, to repeal the first letter in regard to the same matter. The Stated Clerk, Rev. D. Jonker, delivered the letter to undersigned as chairman of the committee in this matter, appointed by our Synod; and undersigned hereby gives notice to the other members of the same committee of the receipt and contents of this letter. I do not consider it necessary to convoke the committee. However, if they should think otherwise, let them inform...

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