The following announcement appeared in The Banner of August 8th:

Consistories, Attention:

Reliable sources of information state that Prof. Dr. K. Schilder and Rev. D. Van Dyk expect to arrive in our country some time in the month of August to engage in preaching and in speaking engagements to provide information as to the schism which occurred in the “Gereformeerde Kerken of the Netherlands” and led to the organization of a new denomination known as the “Gereformeerde Kerken maintaining Article 31.” We beg to inform our consistories and churches that we do not maintain church correspondence with the denomination to which Prof. Dr. K. Schilder and Rev. D. Van Dyk are affiliated, and therefore do not recognize this new denomination as one of our sister churches, and consequently cannot invite their ministers to speak or preach in our pulpits.

By order of the Synodical Committee,

R. J. Danhof, Secretary

The italics are Dr. Danhof’s.

I do not think it necessary to say much anent this obnoxious bit of intolerance on the part of the Synodical Committee. The thing speaks for itself.

Just this: 1. I wonder where this Synodical Committee obtained its mandate for acts like these. It certainly is not according to sound Reformed Church Polity. Unless the constitution of this Synodical Committee is changed since 1915, they have usurped an authority which is not found in their adopted Constitution. Although we should also understand that acts like these are the natural outgrowth of the hierarchical principles which ever since 1924 and 1925 have characterized the life in the Christian Reformed Churches. Note the closing line: By order of the Synodical Committee! It has the style of an order of the day of a commanding general. The cannot in the sentence that appears in italics bears the same stamp. The end is Roman Catholicism. 2. I can understand that the consistories in the Christian Reformed Churches will not ask the brethren to preach for them, seeing there is no sisterly connection between their churches. But they are even forbidden to speak! And that is rank intolerance. The Christian Reformed Churches ought to hear the other side too. 3. The visiting brethren are dogmatically closer to the majority in the Christian Reformed Churches than the other side. It is a matter of common knowledge that the great majority of the leaders of the liberated churches are Heynsian in their conception of the covenant and related matters. Well, that is the view which is prevalent in the Christian Reformed circles today. By far the majority of the officiating ministry in those churches were trained by Prof. Heyns, and the late Professor’s views were never condemned, officially or otherwise. This action by the Synodical Committee, therefore, is a grave injustice to the late Professor’s memory and work. 4. We will be glad to give the brethren a hearing, and that in spite of the fact that we are opposed to their views on the covenant and related matters/ First, because we are really interested in them and their struggle. We would learn firsthand the history and arguments from their side. Second, because we realize that no covenant conception is officially accepted or rejected. The matter is extra-confessional. Third, because the brethren are leaders in a church denomination which is based on the same confessions we have for a basis of unity. We would greet them as brethren in the Lord. 5. We hazard a guess as to what might be the reason for their official rejection, and, remember, it is merely a guess. The Christian Reformed Churches have repudiated Reformed Church Polity such as the liberated churches hold dear; and, they are afraid that the voices of these brethren might inaugurate a possible schism among their churches. Yet, if this guess is true, the Synodical Committee need not be afraid. If they can “get away” with the highhanded and hierarchical way of the above notice, they need fear no schism in such circles! There must be vitality for such action.

But the notice in The Banner is a sign of doctrinal, church political and ethical deterioration. I earnestly bewail its appearance.