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Vol 18 Issue 16

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News From Our Churches (continued from last issue)

The Rev. Baker is of the opinion that the Christian Reformed Churches still believe and teach that the Christian should live a life of spiritual separation from the world. Fact is, however, that they do not practice it, and they never will, as long as they do not go back to the Scriptures, and discard the doctrine of common grace. The writer of the little pamphlet also makes the statement that the Christian Reformed Church teaches that the education of the children is the task of the parents, and that it is proper to organize Christian Elementary and High Schools...

Is Catechism Preaching Ministry of the Word?

When our institutions are attacked, we will defend them. When they are threatened, we may assume the offensive. Such are the attitudes expressed in our day with regard to the war situation. Though we were caught off-guard, and Pearl Harbor was attacked, it did not take long before military machineries were being rushed to their strategic positions of defense. And now because of the declared threat of the Nipponese to invade even our continent, the cry has gone up to take the offensive. For it is the experience of modern warfare that mere defense is fatal and the aggressor proves...

Erasmus and the Reformation

The Man. Sometime during the period, known in history as the Renaissance, a forgotten woman gave birth to an illegitimate son, who was destined to make a name for himself in the sphere of learning in his day. This nameless thing, the son of a Catholic priest, in later years assumed the name, Erasmus Roterodamus and is consequently referred to in books of history as, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Erasmus Desiderus, or simply Erasmus. The date of his birth is uncertain but it is usually assumed that he was born about 1466 or 1467. He himself is to blame for this...

The Place of the Book of Esther in the Canon

In my previous article on this subject I was busy making it clear that our book is wanting in that religious spirit which we find in the other Old Testament books. Neither Mordecai nor Esther make the impression of being true believers. Before Esther went in unto the king to make supplication to him, she made request that Mordecai together with the other Jews in Shushan, fast for her. It may be questioned whether she expected to receive, in answer to this fast, the help and protection of God in behalf of herself for this eventful hour. Her last words,...

Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 4, Chapter 1: The Justice of God’s Demand

LORD’S DAY IV Q. 9 Doth not God then do injustice to man, by requiring from him in his law, that which he cannot perform? A. Not at all; for God made man capable of performing it; but man, by the instigation of the devil, and of his own willful disobedience, deprived himself and all his posterity of those divine gifts. Q. 10. Will God suffer such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished? A. By no means; but is terribly displeased with our original as well as actual sins; and will punish them in his just judgment temporally and eternally,...

Quickened With Christ

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:4-6 But God! There is an evident contrast here with the preceding verses of this chapter. At the beginning of this chapter the apostle had purposed a different construction: “And you,” he wrote, and, no doubt, intended to continue at once: “hath he quickened together with Christ.” Of Christ,...

Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 3, Chapter 4: Total Depravity (Finis)

However, if the theory that there is some other kind of grace than that which regenerates a man, must be rejected, the question returns: what is the implication of the doctrine of total depravity? How can the answer of the Heidelberg Catechism to its eight question be squared with many phenomena in the actual experience and everyday life in the world of men that appear to contradict the severe judgment of our instructor : we are incapable of doing any good and inclined to all evil, unless we are regenerated by the Spirit of God? In order to give the...

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