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Vol 18 Issue 06

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Beclouding the issue

(Because of lack of space, this article has been delayed until this number.—H.H.) The members of the Protesting Chr. Ref. Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan, were very much surprised on Sunday morning, Oct. 19, to be treated to, what evidently was meant to be a “vindication-sermon” by the Rev. H. Danhof. Preaching on Matt. 12:33, he informed the congregation, that according to his fruit bearing, he is a good tree. This is a strange affair indeed. Why should a consistory instruct its minister to preach such a sermon? If anything had been brought against Rev. Danhof this should have been treated...

Christian Banquets

This subject, and consequently this article, deals with one of the practical things of life. And then with one of those things of life which we usually enjoy, and is often classified with the bright side of life—banquets, feasts, festivals, eating and drinking together to our contentment. Such is often considered as one of the optimistic, cheerful aspects of our life on this earth. Who does not like to attend a banquet occasionally? Due to this it often becomes a means of great sin and abusing the good gifts of our heavenly Father. More about this later. With a practical...

The Person of the Prophet Isaiah

According to the schedule, it is required of me that I write one article on each of the following persons: Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel. Now the task of writing or discoursing on the person of Isaiah—to confine ourselves now to this prophet—consist certainly in directing our attention to the man. It is a task that is to be performed through our raising and answering questions about him, especially the question: what manner of man was he as to his character and natural and spiritual endowments. Now this task is a possible one because the prophet stands revealed before us in...

The Reformation and the Renaissance

As was said, the Reformation was a movement that exalted the Bible as the sole infallible source of doctrine. According to the literal meaning of the word, the Renaissance was a re-birth. It denoted that new zeal for pagan literature, learning and art, which sprang up in Italy toward the close of the Middle Ages. But in its broadest sense the Renaissance must be regarded as a function of that energy that brought this modern civilization with its new and pagan conception of religion and science, and with its manifold inventions and discoveries. Of this movement the Reformation was neither...

Lord’s Day 3, Chapter 1: After The Image of God (continued)

It cannot be claimed that the distinction: “image of God in a wider and in a narrower sense,” is confessionally Reformed. Our Three Forms of Unity rather leave the impression that they favor the idea of limiting the image of God to man’s original integrity, true knowledge of God, righteousness and holiness. This is true of our Catechism in the Lord’s Day we are now discussing. In answer to the question: “Did God create man so wicked and perverse?” it states: “No; but God created man good, and after His own image, that is, in righteousness and true holiness.” It...

The Battle of Harmageddon

About this subject a question was delivered to me from the Men’s Society of our Church in South Holland, IL. The exact wording of the question I know not, because the question was delivered orally, but I believe that the Society is interested to know especially whether that battle must be conceived of as a real, literal battle, or whether the text in Revelation refers to something spiritual. The possibility of conceiving of it in a spiritual way was suggested, I believe, by the mention of the three unclean spirits that proceed out of the mouth of the dragon, the...

12/15/1941