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The last time we emphasized the duty of the churches to exert themselves toward obtaining suitable men for the ministry of the Word. This necessity arises from the churches constant need of more ministers. Through sickness, emeritation, apostasy, and death her number is constantly diminished. In addition the establishment of new congregations increases the demand for more ministers and unless this demand is supplied the future of the church is jeopardized. Further, the office of Professors of Theology cannot be retained without students to be instructed.

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In former installments we wrote that it is not the task of the consistory to establish, maintain and supervise the Christian school. Even though she may and, also, should be greatly interested in and deeply concerned about the school, she has no right to exercise any ruling authority in an institution such as the school which stands outside of the domain of her rule. The establishment of the Christian school is the sole responsibility of the parents. Theirs is the mandate to maintain it with or through proper supervision.

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In our last article we stated that we believed that the current practice of permitting the minister to decide calls received from other churches is correct. We base this upon the fact that the call is addressed to him and not to his consistory. It is a call for his person, gifts, talents and services. The calling church through its call-letter urgently requests him as an individual servant of Christ to come over and help them.

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We have observed that the calling of the minister is to bring the word of God in different ways and under various circumstances. Among these is his task to bring the word in a disciplinary manner unto those that walk in sin. In general this is also done through the ministry of the Word in the public assembly of the people of God on the Lord’s Day where the minister must “say unto the righteous that it shall be well with him, for he shall eat of the fruit of his doings and woe unto the wicked!

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“The office of the professors of theology is to expound the Holy Scriptures and to vindicate sound doctrine against heresies and errors.” Article 18, D.K.O.  It is not necessary in this connection to discuss the status of professors of theology. We wrote about this in connection with Art. 2, Vol. 29, pg. 381 of the Standard Bearer. Here we briefly reiterate the following points: 

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