All Articles For Vol 23 Issue 19 7/1/1947

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v. S. Views U. s. “Whoever comes from the Netherlands to America and lives here for a while, is struck with the superficiality that reveals itself in almost every aspect of American life. This is also true of the Church society life; the organizations for young people, men and women. It is not customary, for example, that a member give an introduction to the material to be discussed but the group simply comes together, usually under the leadership of the local minister, and after reading the Scripture portion to be handled simply begins discussing without preparation or introduction. “There is...

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The 1947 Synod of our Protestant Reformed Church is now a matter of history. Everyone who was present will agree that this was a significant gathering because of the weighty and far-reaching decisions that were made. For four and a half days Synod met and deliberated. The work moved along smoothly and rapidly. Harmony and unity prevailed. True Christian fellowship was enjoyed both during the sessions and during the periods of recess. And everyone appreciated the friendly hospitality shown, and the splendid meals served by our host church, the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Synod opened on the...

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Dear Editor: I would like to add my approval and support to your editorial on, “A CLOSED SHOP WITH A LOOPHOLE”, however, we are wasting time and energy trying to convert the Christian Labor Association to a Christian Labor Association. But to strengthen and fortify those of like faith, it is well that such things be published. Consider the C. L. A. as it is established and lead by its leadership. In the first place, the constitution sets forth and plainly states in its conception that its AIM is to ORGANIZE WORKERS—that its PURPOSE is to ESTABLISH JUSTICE in the...

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Tremendously destructive weapons of warfare are being developed and produced! Political intrigue is being practiced on every side! Treaties are ignored and broken! Nations are plotting against nations! Men lust and have not; they kill and are not satisfied! Trouble and unrest are to be seen on every side! And the Word of God prophecies that perilous times are soon coming for the saints of God! What a present it is in which we live, and what a future lies before us and our children! Even in the realm of nature today we have abundant evidence of what lies before...

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If anyone complains that he has been wronged by the decision of a minor assembly, he shall have the right to appeal to a major ecclesiastical assembly, and whatever may be agreed upon by a majority vote shall be considered settled and binding, unless it can be proved to conflict with the word of God or with the articles of the Church Order, as long as they are not changed by a general synod. In my previous article I stated that there are two possible ways in which this article of the Church Order can be construed. Rightly considered there...

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1. The Idea Of Justification, (cont.) It should be plain, then, that, in this life, when the grace of justification is applied to the sinner, so that he hears the justifying verdict of God, and appropriates it unto himself, he finds within himself a double testimony, the one condemning, the other acquitting, the one accusing him that he has transgressed and still transgresses all the commandments of God, the other justifying him, and declaring him so perfectly righteous in the sight of God, as if he never had or committed any sin. And yet, these two testimonies, both of which...

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The reader will, no doubt, recall that some time ago I reflected on a remark made, in Concordia, by Mr. Geo. Ten Elshof, and my request that he either explain himself or apologize. The brother delayed answering a long time. At the time of this writing it is about the end of May, and I just received the reply. I am sorry that I could not publish it in the issue of June 15, but this time of the year I have to work ahead for our Standard Bearer because of the busy week of synod, and my vacation following...

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