Dear Editor: After reading the articles of Rev. Gritters, “About Catechism, Etc.”, and “Catechism Around the Confessions”, I was prompted to write a word in appreciation but also in criticism. The emphasis Rev. Gritters placed upon the need to have instruction in our creeds is worthy of all of our support. I believe we should so instruct in the creeds of our fathers that they are again appreciated as statements and standards to be used in our fight against falsehood.
It was fully explained what we are to think of David’s removal to the land of the Philistines, of his attaching himself to the royal heathen, Achish of Gath. It was a doing that proceeded from unbelief. As we saw, with Achish’s permission David removed from Gath and settled in Ziklag, an uninhabited Philistine city that Achish appointed him. The problem of the support of himself and his retinue David solved by plundering Amalekites and other heathen tribes that dwelt in the district that bordered on the south country of Judah.
We must bear in mind the line of the apostle’s reasoning in this third chapter of the epistle to the Galatians. He contends that we must be justified either out of the law or through faith. Both are impossible. The Galatians had begun with the Spirit. They now attempted to be made perfect through the works of the law. False teachers had bewitched these Galatians and had seduced them so that they once more were in bondage to the law as in the Old Dispensation.
The reader will remember that some time ago I announced the mammoth task undertaken by the local book publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 255 Jefferson Ave., S. E., Grand Rapids, Mich. At that occasion I announced that four volumes were ready at that time. They are the Epistle to the Romans, to the Hebrews, and the first two volumes of the prophet Isaiah. Well, at this time it is my pleasure to announce that four more volumes have come off the press. They are: the other two volumes of Isaiah, and I and II Corinthians.
We must rededicate ourselves! I hear you say: we have dedicated ourselves to our covenant God and to His service! Why then should we rededicate ourselves? The answer is easy: we have taken a vacation.
The Eighth Annual Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention was held at Holland, Michigan on August 18 and 19. I will not give a factual report of all that transpired at this convention: the regular reporter or reporters will take care of that and bring their findings to you in the Young People’s periodical, Beacon Lights. I would just muse a bit on what I saw and heard.