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This truth is not a part of modern-day evangelism and its methods. In the last two generations, the revivalistic evangelists never referred to it, except, perhaps, to deal it a backhand slap. Modern mass evangelism, mainly, preaches a humanistic religion, based, as it is, on free will. Modern evangelists regard those as naive and narrow who: think of their cause as a compromise. Their “co-operative” evangelism is no compromise.

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The fifth of six reports adopted by the World Council of Churches in its meeting at Uppsala in 1968 is simply called “Worship”. This is an abbreviation of the original title, “The Worship of God in a Secular Age”. There was, evidently, strong objection by the more conservative elements upon undue emphasis on a “secular theology.” The abbreviated title represents the compromise between the liberal and supposedly conservative wings of the W.C.C.

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In a previous article on this subject I have pointed out that the new theological method being promoted in the Reformed community has as one of its chief characteristics, according to its own claim, that of being non-abstract, or anti-abstract. In analyzing this characteristic as it is set forth in the writings of Dr. Henry Stob in connection with the Dekker Case, we found that the terms abstract andobjective seem to be equated. Dr.

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The prospects are “bright.” Before very long the possibility exists that seven large Protestant denominations, maybe more, will merge into one large superdenomination containing 24 million members. That is what “COCU” is about (Consultation On Church Union). The “Consultation” which has been in progress for the past five years is a gathering of nine representatives from each of the seven participating denominations. These men annually discuss various aspects of the difference between the denominations. They have been coming to conclusions.

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Before discussing specific ecumenical endeavors, as the World Council of Churches, I want to consider our own position over against ecumenism in general. I had already touched upon this in a former article, but now I wish to elaborate a bit upon that. In particular, what must we say of the abundant Scriptural references used in support of the present-day movement? We must agree that it is our duty to bow before proper arguments from Scripture. But, do the ecumenists properly interpret those passages which they love to quote?

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The Three Points We said in our last editorial on the subject of “The Three Points” that the Synod of 1924, in its anxiety to prove the theory of so-called common grace from Scripture and the Confessions, lapsed into the error general grace in the Arminian sense of the word. We also stated what is the Biblical and Reformed position on this point. The Reformed position is, of course expressed in the Confessions of the Reformed Churches. To these we must now refer.

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The Free Offer We are still discussing the question whether it is the current teaching of Holy Writ that God loves both elect and reprobate, the righteous and the wicked that never come to repentance. This is the teaching of the authors of “The Free Offer.” Already we quoted several passages from Scripture to prove that this is not the truth. We now will, first of all, quote a few more from the New Testament.

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Election and Reprobation Dr. Berkouwer devotes several pages of his latest book on “election” to a criticism of my denial of the general offer of grace. This we will pass for the time being. Perhaps, in a later connection I may refer back to this. For the present, we are more interested in his presentation of the doctrine of reprobation and related subjects.

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