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One of the most practical questions raised by the Heidelberg Catechism—and for that matter one of the most practical questions anyone in the church of God can raise today—is that question presented in Lord’s Day Twelve, “But why art thou called a Christian?”
It can do no harm to briefly restate the aim of the apostle in these verses. Thus doing we can pick up the thread of thought of our former article, which will facilitate understanding the thought as here developed by Paul in this letter.
The Men’s Society of Redlands, California, sent to me the following question: “Dear Rev. Hoeksema:
Prof. Veenhof continues: “Inevitably the question urges itself upon us, how is it to be explained that it is so difficult to understand exactly one another’s opinions and views? “With much hesitation,—for, Oh, those misunderstandings,—I will attempt to say something about this.
I write this open letter to the Liberated in the Netherlands in order, if at all possible, to counteract the influence of the very evil and slanderous letter signed by the “familie Klaver” of Hudsonville, a letter which was written, however, as is evident from the contents, by Mrs. Klaver, who evidently is prophet, priest, and king in that family,—a letter which was mimeographed and distributed by the hundreds, among the Liberated people in the old country.