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Vol 27 Issue 12

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Dr. Schilder And The Declaration

In the present issue of the Standard Bearer I have not much space left for my reply to Dr. Schilder. But I must call attention to a bit of reasoning that, to my mind, is rather confusing, and because it is confusing is also dangerous, especially because it concerns some very specific terms of the confession. Dangerous it is, because Dr. Schilder presents those terms of the confession in so uncertain and ambiguous a light that no one knows anymore what is their contents, and that anyone can, apparently, read his own meaning into them. I had almost written that...

Letters

Dear Rev. Hoeksema, Will you kindly answer a few questions in the Standard Bearer? in re Rev. Petter. 1.  Could you point me to an article of the Rev. Petter where he says with round words “that you cannot be saved, only on condition you do this or that”. I never came across that saying. If he did he would not be Reformed anymore. 2.  Don’t you believe that a Christian, saved by the grace of God, nothing of man—is by God Himself put in a condition to serve Him, and will lead a Christian life? He certainly must show...

Where Do We Stand?

What is really the issue of the present controversy in our midst? When we read all that is published in our church papers about “conditions”, the Declaration of Principles, our Mission work in Canada, the developments in the mission field, especially in Hamilton, and also in Chatham, then we again ask ourselves the question: What do our people want? What are they arguing about? We are told in lengthy articles, in word and in pictures, how wonderful these Liberated people really are, how pious, how sincere, how fundamentally Reformed, how eager to hear our ministers preach, how they love our...

About the Declaration (2)

Among the grounds which are given for the adoption of the Declaration there is, first of all, the assertion that it is based solidly on our Confessions and hence that it offers nothing new. Now although I may believe and endorse these statements they do not yet present a ground or give a reason why the Declaration should be adopted. As statements of fact they do justify and defend the Declaration as such, but do not offer grounds for its adoption. In fact, they rather suggest a reason not to adopt the Declaration. For since the Declaration offers nothing new...

1. 1924 Still Binding in the Chr. Ref. Churches. 2. Radio Broadcasting in Southeast Iowa.

1924 Still Binding in the Chr. Ref. Churches. Oftentimes among well-meaning (?) and sympathetic Christian Reformed individuals the statement is made repeatedly that there is actually not too much difference between the Christian Reformed and the Protestant Reformed Churches and that the differences are not sufficient to separate them. This is often accompanied by the flat statement that the Christian Reformed Churches do not demand agreement with the Three Points either of their members or ministers. That this is not the view of the churches officially and that this should also be practiced is pointed out by the Rev. Martin...

Exposition of Luke 2:40-52

This Scripture passage in Luke 2:40-52 reads, in part, as follows: “And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him. . . .” and again: “And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Child, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Knew ye not that I must be in the things of my Father? And they understood not the saying that He spake unto them...

Rev. Petter Repeats Still Another Of His Accusations

The readers will recall that in an earlier number of the “Concordia” (Dec. 7, 1951) Rev. Petter appeared in print with a statement to the effect that synod in no sense heeded the request of the Mission Committee for the kind of Formula that it had in mind. Here are Rev. Petter’s own words (“Concordia” Dec. 7): “It is not true in any sense that Synod heeded the request (the Mission Committee’s request for the kind of “Formula” that it had in mind—O.) One gets the impression that Synod completely forgot the request of the (Mission) committee and began to...

The Creation Of The Spirit World (4): Their Service and Activity

The idea of the guardian angel. Apart from other passages of Holy Writ which have been quoted in support of the idea of guardian angels and their intercessory prayers (Deut. 32:8, Daniel 10:13, 20, 12:1, Rev. 1:20, 2:1f.f., Job 33:23, Zech. 1:12, Luke 15:7, Rev. 18:3), the one place in Scripture which accords this conception most support is Matt. 18:10: “Take heed that we despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My father which is in heaven.” We read in Daniel 10:13, 20 and...

We Need The Declaration*

The undersigned, too, wishes to express himself on our Declaration of Principles which was adopted at our Synod of 1950. This I wish to do not because my convictions in regard to these principles are unknown. I am convinced that our churches must adopt this Declaration, and that we must adopt it now. Of this I am convinced all the more because of my experiences among the Canadian immigrants among whom I labored during the year of 1950. It is because of this conviction that I write this article. A Few Observations First, we need not discuss the church-political angle...

The Declaration Of Principles

Redemption from sin by the blood of Christ, and the Holy Ghost, the author of faith, is promised to infants no less than to the adults. Thus the Declaration of Principles quotes from the Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 74. Attend, please, closely to the meaning of these words, and you will surely acknowledge that the promise is not conditional and cannot possibly be. What is meant, in these words by the promise? Is it a prediction of what God will do in the future? The answer is, and must be, negative. For, first of all, it is a distortion...

3/15/1951