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Although a formal motion to do so was not passed by the synod of 1960, it appears as though the synod was inclined to go ahead with the overture of the First Church and revise Article 69 of our Church Order so as to make provision for hymns in our churches. At least when the study committee advised that the article should be revised to read: “In the churches only the 150 Psalms of David shall be sung, as also such hymns which are faithful versifications of the Holy Scriptures, in each case the General Synod being the judge,” it...

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The above caption is a partial quotation taken from the third question that is asked by the church of parents when they present their children for baptism. It clearly defines the limitation of the sacred vow in which promise is made that we will arduously and faithfully instruct the children God entrusts to our care “in the aforesaid doctrine,” which, for us Protestant Reformed parents, can only mean the faith or way of life set forth in the Protestant Reformed credo! We will spare no effort.

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“When ministers of the Divine Word, elders or deacons, have committed any public, gross sin, which is a disgrace to the church, or worthy of punishment by the authorities, the elders and deacons shall immediately by preceding sentence of the consistory thereof and of the nearest church, be suspended or expelled from their office, but the ministers shall only be suspended. Whether these shall be entirely deposed from office, shall be subject to the judgment of the classis, with the advice of the delegates of the (particular) synod mentioned in Article II.”  —Article 79, D.K.O. The above article treats the...

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Instructing our children in harmony with the truths of our confession is not an optional matter. It is a most solemn duty imposed upon us by God and, involving a grave responsibility. This responsibility is voluntarily assumed by us, the parents, in the baptism of our children; and its application is not limited to any given sphere of our or our children’s lives. It embraces the church, the home and the school. God Himself defines the limitation of this duty when He commands us in His Word:

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In connection with the 79th Article of the Church Order we have been discussing the matter of the suspension and deposition of office bearers because of gross or public sins. We have seen that in case an elder or deacon is found to I be guilty of such sins he is not only suspended from office but immediately deposed by the consistory in conjunction with the consistory of the nearest church.

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The Form for the Baptism of Infant Children that is used in our churches contains two significant prayers. The first of these is uttered at the conclusion of the reading of the form proper and just before the parents are asked to answer the questions. The other one occurs at the conclusion of the ceremony and is a prayer of thanksgiving. To these two prayers we now give our attention because they also are an integral part of the administration of the sacrament. 

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“Furthermore, among the gross sins, which are worthy of being punished with suspension or deposition from office, there are the principal ones: false doctrine or heresy, public schism, public blasphemy, simony, faithless desertion of office or intrusion upon that of another, perjury, adultery, fornication, theft, acts of violence, habitual drunkenness, brawling, filthy lucre; in short, all sins and gross offenses, as render the perpetrators infamous before the world, and which in any private member of the church would be considered worthy of excommunication.” 

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We were last discussing matters that pertain to the granting of ministerial leaves of absence. In the preceding issue of the Standard Bearer we pointed out some of the reasons for which leaves are granted; we mentioned the correct procedure to be followed in obtaining a leave; and we stated that it was quite essential that the consistory and minister concerned have a definite understanding concerning certain things at the time the leave of absence is granted.

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