Does The Cross Beg Or Conquer, Mr. Martin?

Every Sunday millions recite the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in God the Father Almighty . . .,” and so forth. But are all honest when they say, “I believe in an almighty God”?

Such a thought crossed my mind as I listened to Mr. Walter R. Martin on his radio program, Dateline Eternity, WFUR, Sunday, Sept. 16, 5:00-5:30 P.M. Does Mr. Martin believe in an almighty God?

His broadcast was divided into two sections: 1) Question and answer period; 2) a sermonette. The listener’s question was, “Did Christ die only for Christians?”

There are two viewpoints, answered Mr. Martin: 1) Christ died only for the elect; 2) Christ died for the whole world. The second is the viewpoint of the Bible, says Mr. Martin. John 12:47 teaches us that Christ died for the sins of the world.

However, if Mr. Martin is right, then, of course, Christ purposed to save all sinners; His desire and wish was that all would be saved. Since the Father sent Him into the world for that purpose, that would be the will of the Father too. So here we have Jesus Christ, second Person of the holy Trinity, attempting desperately to save the world, but standing helplessly by while uncounted millions perish.

Perhaps Mr. Martin should propose a new creed—something like this: “I believe in man, powerful, able to defeat God’s purpose, and in a limited God, dependent upon the creature for accomplishing the desire of His heart . . .,” and so forth.

Such a creed would be more consistent with his question and answer period. But aside from that, would Mr. Martin please tell me what Christ meant when He said, “I pray for them, I pray not for the world but for them which thou hast given me, for they are thine.” John 17:9. How do you account for the fact that Christ refuses to pray for those He wishes to save?

I’ll be listening, Walter.

Vernon Graeser

133 1/2 Diamond, S.E.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Report of the Western Ladies’ League

The Western Ladies’ League met at Edgerton, Minn., on October 12, 1962. The meeting was opened by our president, Mrs. Kortering. Nos. 295 and 277 were sung. Our president opened with prayer. First Timothy 6 was read. Mrs. Ver Hey read the minutes and Mrs. Klein gave the treasurer’s report. During the singing of numbers 101 and 161 an offering was taken for the Protestant Reformed Action totaling $28.80. Our president then introduced our speaker, Rev. Kortering, who spoke on the topic taken from I Timothy 6. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, it is certain we can carry nothing out, and having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

Contentment for us in a world that is discontent. The world does not know contentment. For they seek self-gain and financial success. The Christian also seeks material gain. But what a marvelous wonder: we are godly and that differs us from the world. For godliness with contentment is great gain. True contentment is rooted in godliness and manifests itself in the world and produces great gain. These are the words Paul speaks, through the Spirit, to Timothy and to us the living church. Paul warned Timothy there were many in this world who supposedly preached the gospel but they knew not the truth in Jesus Christ. The secular’s first thought is for self and pride, and God is not in their thoughts. They are satisfied in themselves. Godliness is the very opposite. It reaches beyond this world, centered in God and not self. It means God is our God, the covenant God. He governs all things. Our joy is to do His will. True contentment is the product of a spiritual mind. We grow in this contentment. The Christian mother can say we are satisfied with the material things which God gives us for a purpose. For we must use these things not for self, but for Him to bring forth the praise of His Name and to God’s glory. It is blessed to be a content wife and mother. A woman is often concerned about beautiful clothes and nice things in the home. Contentment is not in a complaining woman, whether she has little or much. She is satisfied with what the Lord has given her. We must be humble before the Lord, whether rich or poor. He measures it out. Living contentment produces gain; the greatest gain in this world is a content wife and mother. Gain is beautiful before God and that we long for most. We are spiritual, not secular. We can live with a soul that is quiet and content. Don’t worry about the future. God knows and cares. Being rich toward God we have quietness and contentment. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

After the lecture the Doon ladies favored us with a musical number.

Rev. Woudenberg answered three questions sent by our Societies, Explain II Kings 5:8. Did Naaman do right in asking God to pardon him for bowing down in the house of Rimmon? And how is it possible to repent yourself, and be converted as written in Acts 3:19? And finally what must we say of the N.F.O. in accordance with Scripture?

The ladies from Hull also favored us with a musical number. Psalter No. 187 was sung and Rev. Woudenberg closed our meeting with prayer.

—Mrs. S. Aardema, Reporter