At the time I write this editorial, our esteemed brother Prof. Dr. K. Schilder is on the way home again. Some time ago he left per auto to New York where he will take ship for the Netherlands. On the way he will stop over at Philadelphia, the city where the Theological School of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is located, as also the home of Dr. C. Van Til. I understand that he (that is, Dr. Schilder) is to lecture there also.
Our readers will remember that our Editor at various occasions enlightened you on the First Reformed Ecumenical Synod which was held in Grand Rapids, Mich., from August 14 to August 30, in 1946. The Christian Reformed Church (es) had also delegated a number of men to that Synod which claims to be Reformed, but which did some things which are very unreformed.
The Grand Haven Adult Bible Class sends me the following question: “Editor, Standard Bearer Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dear Editor— We would appreciate having your opinion voiced with respect to the following:
“To give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:77-79
The following article was cut from the periodical “De Strijdende Kerk”, of which Rev. G. Toornvliet is the Editor-in-chief. He writes as follows: I translate: TO AMERICA Prof. Schilder went to America. From what I heard the Rev. Van Dijk will follow him. Their purpose is to give elucidation.
The undersigned does not know whether or not he will be enabled to finish a contemplated series of editorials on the above theme. And the reason is plain. He is appointed to substitute for the regular Editor-in-Chief, the Rev. H. Hoeksema, who is convalescing from a recent illness. And the stipulation reads that as soon as our Editor is able to resume his rubric or rubrics, he simply acquaints his substitute or substitutes, and that will be the end of their work.
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.” I Cor. 13:4
The last time we wrote under this theme, we called your attention to the fact that before we wish to enter upon the controversy proper, it would be well to outline in how far we are agreed with the Liberated Churches. You understand, of course, that speaking confessionally, in the strict and narrow sense of the word, we are agreed with them: they, that is, the Reformed Churches, maintaining Art.
With this initial article I would begin a short critical survey of the position which the Liberated Churches in the Netherlands have taken with respect to the Covenant of Grace, and related matters, such as the question with whom God establishes His covenant, the promise, the children, or the heirs of the promise, the sign and seal of the covenant, the children’s part, the question of “sanctified in Christ”, etc.
“Now will I praise the Lord; therefore she called his name Judah.”—Gen. 29:35b. “My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation.”—Psalm 22:25a.