Editor of The Standard Bearer,

Dear Editor,

Please allow me to thank Mr. G. T. E. for the fine compliments paid me in his contribution in the Standard Bearer of February 15. I have always taken a certain pardonable pride in the fact that my articles do not lack in clarity and also that I observe the rules of ethical journalism. But, a person can easily make a slip, and it is therefore very gratifying that a man of Mr. G. T. E.’s apparent ability publicly compliments me on the attainments of those objectives.

The rest of the brother’s contribution is not so clear to me. I do not quite understand the purpose of it. I do not know brother Van Putten personally, but I gladly and joyfully accept the wonderful testimony given concerning him. I have met many such Christians in both the Protestant and Christian Reformed denominations, and all of them are my friends. Certainly, judged by the standards of the world they are peculiar, and I with them. We are one in our devotion to the service of God!

That being the case it is so strange that brother T. E. presents brother Van Putten as my adversary, an enemy or antagonist according to Webster. Now that is really absurd—I mean of course the presentation, not Mr. T. E. Surely we who agree on the essentials of the Christian faith and life can disagree on some of the practical aspects without considering one another adversaries or enemies, I certainly do not, and I am very glad that of all the Protestant Reformed brethren whom I have met, and sometimes disagreed with, he is the first one who takes such an extrema position.

One last remark: We believe, do we not?, that even those Christians who have attained such heights of sanctification as brother T. E. ascribes to brother V. P. are still sinners. Our Catechism says that “even our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin” (Lord’s Day 24). We have sin to contend with until death. Hence it is not strange that even the holiest among us can fall into the sins of misrepresentation, or wholesale condemnation, or the casting of an evil reflection upon others or upon a Christian organization. And, if that is done I do not consider such words or writings as worthy of being called “sharper than a two-edged sword”, but as expressions of a fallible Christian, and I shall not only not hesitate to raise my pen against such expressions—not against the Christian—but consider it my Christian duty to do so.

J. Gritter, Secretary C. L. A.