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Internal Strife In O.P. Church…. “In response to a call from the elders of Faith Church, Quarryville, a congregational meeting was held at the church on January 26, at which time the congregation, by a reported vote of 31-3, determined to withdraw from The Orthodox Presbyterian denomination. A committee appointed by Presbytery to attend this meeting was denied permission to attend by the session of the church.
This is the first of an intended series of articles on the office in the church. By the office is meant the special office of ministers, elders and deacons as instituted by God in the new dispensation. This is one of the most invaluable gifts God has entrusted to His church, yet it is quite frequently misunderstood, taken for granted, and even slighted. It is an institution of God, introduced by Christ through the instrumentality of the apostles in the early church after Pentecost.
We turn to the eighth and the ninth verses of Isaiah 53, and, as quoting the original text, read the Word of God as follows, “From violence and judgment he was taken; and who of his contemporaries considered, that he was cut off from the land of the living, this stroke lighting upon him, because of the transgressions of my people?”
The Holiness of God (continued) We concluded our preceding article by quoting a few Scriptural passages in support of the truth that God is holy. Attention was called to Isaiah 6:1-3, 5-7, 10:17, 29:19, 30:11, 41:1-6, 47:4, 54:5, 57:15, and John 17:11.
Finally, it must be emphasized that sacraments are given to the Church in the world to be administered by her officially and institutionally, and to be received, observed, and celebrated in the midst of the gathering of the people of God.
The Fourth proposition to which Dr. Bos and the Rev. van Teylingen subscribe reads as follows: “That the faith through which we are justified before God and are saved is the fruit of the efficacious operation (working through, doorwerking, H.H.) of the covenant promise of God, which God without their assent fulfills in and for the elect through the Holy Spirit, (cf. Canons of Dordrecht, III, IV, 12).”
“Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. “. . . . said unto them, Ye have brought this Man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined Him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse Him.