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There are two unshakable pillars upon which the Church of God can place her trust for time and eternity. The first of these is: it is written. This is the Word of God as recorded in Holy Writ. The second is: it has come to pass. These two are pillars which have stood and shall stand the test of the ages. No vain philosophy and no assault of the powers of darkness can nullify and overthrow these truths. Both are the Word of God. And they are very closely interrelated. What has come to pass can never be ought else,...

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Definition of the Subject. It is but proper that at the outset our subject be defined. The subject as it reads is already limited. In this essay our subject says we will not treat of “education” generally, but of education as this historically existed and as it was an institution in Israel. True, even thus defined, our subject has significance for the general concept “education” and for the practical task of educating our children in our day and world. This we hope to point out in its own proper place. Speaking of “Israel” one can think of the whole church...

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The issue expressed in the superscription of this essay is very actual and concrete in the life of God’s children in our day. Many of the readers of the Standard Bearer come face to face with this problem in the maintenance of their homes and in the earning of their livelihood. Due to the modern industrial world, the individual and his liberties are constantly being swallowed up by the interests of the class in which he providentially finds himself. The liberties of private property, and business and small industries are being curtailed on every hand. The class-struggle and unionism is...

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Man is always standing in the Crisis. He is evermore in the critical moment in which, as a moral-rational creature, he has been placed by the Holy One! And man, the image-bearer of the thrice holy God, can never escape this divine crisis. He always, in all his thoughts, words and deeds must respond to God. He always assumes a certain definite, spiritual, conscious attitude toward God. Man is never neutral! He is never neither nor, but always he is either or. He is either for God, or against Him. More still. Man is also never both for and against...

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Viewpoint of the Treatment of this Subject: Looking at our subject, we notice that it is stated in its most general form. The main subject of this essay is not the “church” but the “Christian school.” And the idea is no doubt, that this school is to be viewed in its proper relationship to the church. Whereas this relationship of the school to the church has various angles, it can be viewed from more than one viewpoint. First of all, the subject could be treated, from the viewpoint of the pedagogical need of essential harmony of the instruction given in...

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A certain theologian is reported to have said on his death bed, “Life is a riddle and death is a still greater one.” In this statement there lies a challenge. Indirectly we wish to meet the challenge in this essay. Certainly if “life is a riddle” the most “prudent” must attempt to solve it. Is life a riddle? Is it one great night-mare, in which one feels ever more perplexed, lost at sea, groping in the dark? If so the “pessimistic” world- and life-view is the correct interpretation of the universe. With these things in mind we deem it profitable...

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The reader of these lines is warned, at the very outset of this essay, that he must not confuse the “ninety-nine theses” with the “ninety-five theses”. This warning is not superfluous, for not a few will when reading the title invariably think of the eve of all-saints day, Oct. 31, 1517, when Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the castle church at Wittenberg. Someone may even say, when reading the title to this writing: Now that is a serious error on either the part of the writer or the printer. The reason for this is obvious. The...

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Some Preliminary Observations That all things are indeed shaken in the events transpiring before our very eyes there can be little doubt. That the times in which we live are stark reality is a truth which also those, outside of the believers in Christ and His Word, must admit. The attentive student of current events, while not reckoning with the “sure Word of prophecy, nevertheless asks where are we, and whither are we bound. He also recognizes that history is more than the mere enumeration of facts and happenings. He sees a definite continuity everywhere. And so he attempts apart...

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It is with some hesitancy that the author of these lines undertakes to write on the above-captioned subject and that for two reasons, which both hinge on the nature of the subject. The first is the awareness on the part of his own limited background in the field of this subject. The writer considers himself a novice, one without broad reading knowledge and matured judgement. This does not mean that this article will not reflect the conviction of the writer. On the contrary, the writer is firmly convinced that the lines drawn in this article lead us in the right...

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For all who love the truth of God as revealed in Scripture, and who confess the sovereign grace of Almighty God, the importance of this subject must be self-evident. No apology for an article of this nature need be given. However, for the sake of clarification of our subject we will submit a few remarks of an introductory nature. Our chief interest in this essay is to make an inquiry into the relationship of the two concepts in the subject under consideration. Were we to define the terms “election” and “foreordination” what would we consider to be their proper “’differentiation”?...

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