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It is generally maintained by the defenders of the “doctrine of “Common Grace” that Calvin, the father of Reformed theology, also believed in a grace of God that was common to all mankind. They have even gone so far as to maintain that Calvin believed in four kinds of grace. They are enumerated as follows: Universal Common Grace, which God bestows on all creatures; General Grace, a grace which God bestows upon men as men; Covenant Grace, which is common to God’s elect and all those who live in the covenant sphere; and Saving Grace, which God bestows unto salvation,...

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Generally speaking we may say that there are especially two wrong conceptions of the Biblical idea of Mystery which are very prevalent in the Church today. The first is, that the scriptural idea of mystery is something which is hidden, something which is concealed from us. It is especially those who are addicted to this view, who are always ready to admonish those, who would seek to penetrate into the mysteries of God, and of His Word, with the words of Moses as recorded in Deuteronomy 29:29: “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which...

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The question whether the crucifixion of Christ took place oil the day of the Jewish Passover, or on the day before, has, since the second century of the Church, engaged the minds of the attentive readers of Holy Writ, This is due to the fact that there seems to be an irreconcilable conflict between the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the gospel according to John in respect to this particular question. All the gospel writers are manifestly agreed as to the day on Which Jesus was crucified, namely Friday, but they seem to differ as to the...

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The question as to the author of the epistle to the Hebrews has engaged the minds of many learned theologians, from the very earliest church fathers, until the present day. There are three leading opinions entertained in regard to this question. The overwhelming majority ascribe the authorship of this epistle to the apostle Paul. There are some who ascribe it to other authors than the apostle Patti, either Barnabas or Luke. Others ascribe it to the apostle Paul in concert or conjunction with another author, and this other author is held to be according to some Apollos, and according to...

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By Church Order, in the subject of our debate, we understand a body of ecclesiastical rules, mutually adopted, for the purpose of maintaining good order in the Churches. They are rules and regulations, which have been prescribed by mutual consent, and which all must obey for the furtherance and welfare of the Church of Christ. They must not, however, be regarded as divinely prescribed ordinances, or as a set of legal laws which must be applied and obeyed, no matter what the result might be. They are moral in character, not judicial. They are regulatory and mean to guide and...

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(Resolved that a Local Consistory has the Right to Act Contrary to the Church Order) In answering my opponent I first of all wish to state very emphatically that the statement made by him, that the origin and immediate cause of this debate was an action taken by the Consistory of Hudsonville. And the fact that he brings up this action in this debate is very unethical. In this debate I am not, and neither do I have the right to speak for my consistory. The truth is that the sole origin and the immediate cause of this debate is...

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The Social Life of the First Church at Jerusalem. The Book of Acts gives, us a beautiful picture of the social life of the believers at Jerusalem after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. It cannot be said with certainty how long this ideal condition lasted but we do read that “the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common”. And further “Neither was there any among them...

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The existence of Christianity in Russia dates back to the tenth century. It was not until the twelfth century, however, that Russia was considered as being numbered among the Christian nations. It was especially under the influence of the Eastern Greek Orthodox Church that Christianity first struck root in Russia, and the first convert of note was the Empress Olga, who was baptized at Constantinople in the year 955. However, it was through the efforts of her grandson Vladimir that Christianity spread in Russia. History records that under his influence the inhabitants of Kiev threw their idols in the Dnieper...

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The Northern Baptist Convention: Several thousand delegates and guests met in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to attend the Northern Baptist Convention, from May 21 to May 26. The sessions were held in the large Civic Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of over 5000. Among the distinguished guests who were to address this assembly was the Hon. Harold E. Stassen, former governor of Minnesota, but who was compelled to cancel this speaking engagement because of the national railroad strike. The president of this large church Convention was a woman, a certain Mrs. Leslie E. Swain of Craigville, Massachusetts. It is indeed...

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The Closed Shop. Because the question of labor unions and the ‘cloned shop’ is a question which is more and more confronting us as believers and as din relies, were much pleased, that us as believers and as churches, we were much pleased that the consistory of Creston called the attention of Synod to this vital question by way of an overture, Esteemed Brethren in the Lord: Due to the well-known fact that it becomes more and more difficult for the Christian (who desires conscientiously to live according to the principles of the Word of God) to obtain employment because...

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