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In the last three issues of the Standard Bearer I have been commenting on an essay of the Rev. J. Blankespoor which appeared in Concordia of December 2, 1954. When we began this series we expected that Concordia would publish other “fine” essays that were delivered at the minister’s conference where Rev. Blankespoor’s essay was read. Rev. Howerzyl really promised that they would be forthcoming. But to date none have appeared except the one I have been criticizing. Perhaps the editor of Concordia has decided that they were not such “fine” papers after all.

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The reader will remember that in the last two issues of the Standard Bearer I have been quoting aid commenting on an essay of the Rev. J. Blankespoor which he delivered at a conference of schismatic ministers and appearing in Concordia of December 2, 1954.  I now wish to continue the quotation and make a few pertinent remarks. Rev. Blankespoor now begins to present his positive answer to the question: What really happened in our Churches? I quote him: 

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April 6, 1955 in the Hope Prot. Ref. Church The meeting began with the singing of Psalter No. 170, after which Rev. G. VandenBerg, chairman of the former Classis, read II Cor. 4 and led in prayer. Credentials from the twelve churches residing in this Classis were received, and Classis, consisting of 24 members, is declared constituted. The Rev. R. Veldman presides, and Rev. G. VandenBerg functions as secretary.

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The editor of Concordia devoted the greater portion of his editorial space in the. March 11th issue to ridicule the article of the undersigned written in the February 15th issue of the Standard Bearer relative to “Not Hoeksema, But Kok Changed.” In fact, along with another article written by Mr. Gary Byker of Hudsonville, Concordia takes great pleasure in playing up what it considers the mental and moral weaknesses of the undersigned supposedly reflected in the article referred to. We surmise that when the editor received the article of Mr.

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The “Contributions.” of the Rev. G. Lubbers and brother J. King appearing in the SB of Jan. 15, 1956, reflecting on an article the undersigned wrote in the SBof Dec. 15, 1955, demand an answer, Both of these brethren, and perhaps there are others, were deeply offended by a certain expression undersigned used which appears in quotation marks above. These brethren applied it to the little church at Creston, while others may have applied it to themselves, especially those who were described by me as bypassing a church to attend elsewhere. 

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The editor of The Presbyterian Guardian, the Rev. Leslie W. Sloat, in the March 15th issue of this periodical, writes a brief editorial on the above named subject which is both interesting and thought-provoking.  With the general tenor of his editorial we can agree. However, due no doubt to its thought-provoking, nature, we could wish he had been a little more explicit and not quite so general. 

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