Vol 18 Issue 15

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News From Our Churches

Having read the pamphlet, “The Christian Reformed Church’’ what it teaches, written by Rev. H. Baker, Missionary at large, of those churches, I would like to make a few comparisons with that, in connection with our own Churches. In his introduction, the Reverend makes plain that this Church was established in the United States of America in the year 1857; and that its historic confessions originated soon after the great Reformation of 1517. They are the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dordt. The Missionary begins with God, and that is a good beginning indeed. God must...

The Value of Expository Preaching

Expository preaching is today rapidly on the decline. I think I can safely say that never in the history of the Church has the pulpit become such a means for the public as in our day. Tell me what is not treated on the pulpit today in modern circles, and Pm sure that I would receive an answer much quicker, than if I asked what is treated on the pulpit. Social problems, political, moral, economic, international and many others are treated there and supposedly solved. Even the discussion of a popular Hollywood movie star with all his Godless vices and...

Intermarriage

According to Webster, an intermarriage is a marriage between two families, nations, or tribes—hence, strictly speaking, any marriage may be called an intermarriage. However, this is surely not the implication of the subject as assigned to me in this essay. The current usage of the term emphasizes the latter part of the definition—“between two nations or tribes.” Intermarriages, then, refer specifically to “mixed” marriages, whereby persons or families of different faiths are united in the bond of matrimony. Intermarriages are a common phenomenon. This is surely true in the midst of the world. There one discovers no regard for the...

The Book of Esther

The book of Esther records events that took place in the sixty years that came in between the work of Zerubbabel and that of Ezra. These events, of which we have no account save that supplied by our book, form a story that has nothing to do with Jerusalem or with those that had returned there under Zerubbabel and Joshua but with those that had refused to return of which there were many. Ahasuerus, the well-known Xerxes of profane history, in the third year of his reign entertains at his court the aristocracy of his realm for an hundred and...

Contribution

Dear Editor: Permit me to make a few remarks in The Standard Bearer about our Society for Protestant Reformed Education in Grand Rapids, in order that this cause may be in the mind of all for good. The society has made progress again. The school board was instructed to look for possible building sites and come with proposed building plans and costs to the society. You will remember that about 180 children were pledged to be sent to our school, and for this number of children we would need at least a seven room school, which would cost approximately thirty-four...

Lord’s Day 3, Chapter 4: Total Depravity (continued)

A third and final passage to which we must call attention in this connection is Romans 2:14, 15: “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” It must be remarked here that the Revised Version renders verse 14 more correctly, when it translates “the things of the law” instead of “the things...

The Salt of the Earth (A Pretext)

A very common argument used to defend the membership of the Christian in a worldly union is that God’s people must be salt of the earth. Now, salt is of no use as long as it remains outside of the substance that is to be salted. It is evident that a Christian cannot influence the union for good and act as the salt of the earth in such an organization unless he join it first. Hence, it is evidently the plain duty of the Christian to become member. The Word of God demands it of him. It is next to...

A Deceptive Application

According to reliable reports by several well-pleased of his audience, a Christian Reformed minister in Grand Rapids recently preached a sermon on Genesis 14:13 in which he emphasized that the Christian must not separate himself from the world, and that it is proper for him to become member of the worldly unions. The text reads as follows: “And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Manure the Amorite, a brother of Eschol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederates with Abram.” It is usually explained that these confederates...

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