All Articles For Vol 27 Issue 09 2/1/1951

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Keeping Our Balance In connection with all that has been written recently regarding especially “conditions” and the “Brief Declaration” I would sound a note of warning against over-simplification and in favor of keeping our balance. In the first place there is the danger of oversimplification on the part of those who are opposed to the declaration. It is easy to say, there is no love there and so the thing produced is no good. Or the attempt is being made to ‘get’ Rev. Petter and so we must oppose it. Or, Rev. Hoeksema is simply trying to make a creed...

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Last time we told the sad, sad story of the oncer, depicting the historical and logical end of himself and of the church which is the victim of him and his kind. And we tried to bring the story closer home by emphasizing that the story whose end is so pathetic has its beginning in the sometimes apparently innocent and oft unheeded error of oncerism, which is a manifestation not absent in our own circles. This time let us investigate oncerism a little more closely, that we may know what it really is and what is the attitude behind it,...

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We have now come to the last two verses of this very rich portion of the Word of God as recorded in Hebrews 10:24, 25. It is, indeed, a passage full of doctrine, reproof, admonition and correction, that the man of God be thoroughly equipped unto every good work. The passage that we will comment on in this essay reads as follows: “And let us give heed unto one another unto the sharpening of love and good works, not neglecting the gathering together of ourselves as is the custom of some, but rather exhorting, and that by so much more...

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  Rev. Petter still has a fifth fault to find with Synod, 1950, a fault growing out of the fourth. It is this: Synod hierarchically imposed the “Declaration” upon the churches. Here are his words, “The Declaration is a hierarchical imposition upon the churches” (Concordia, for Dec. 21). But of course Rev. Petter’s contention raises this question: What then is synod’s hierarchy in the matter of the “Declaration”? Wherein does it consist? To understand Rev. Petter’s answer we must know what he means by the expression “constructive process” appearing in his reasonings. This is clear from the following lines. He...

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We can distinguish between an ordinary and an extraordinary service of the angels. There are, first of all, the extraordinary services and activities of the angels. This activity begins after the fall of man in Paradise and constitutes an important element in the divine revelation of salvation. This activity of these heavenly spirits occurs often and at a time which one would denote a turning point, an important stage in the development and revelation of God’s sovereignly ordained salvation and redemption for His own. Thus we see the angels for the first time when they guard the entrance to the...

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First, the Rev. Walter Hofman; second, the Rev. John D. de Jong; third, the Rev. Bernard Kok; and now also the Rev. L. Vermeer have quoted from my past writings in connection with the controversy that is at present disturbing our churches. And they used my past writings against those who attacked the Liberated views, showing that “our own Rev. Vos” said nice things about Schilder or the Liberated Churches. (Allow me to state in parenthesis that I like that style of “our own Rev. Vos”. There is something warm in it, and I appreciate it. I hope and pray...

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The following letter came to me recently, and although I do not like to publish same, the postscript leaves me no choice, so here goes: Jan. 9, 1951, Oskaloosa, IA Rev. G. Vos Hudsonville, Michigan Dear Rev. Vos: This letter is being written to you because your Meditation of January 1, 1951, increased immeasurably my grief over much that has been written in the Standard Bearer of late. Do I understand correctly that in this Meditation you are personally praying for, and as Meditation-author imploring our people to pray for, a split in our churches? If this is correct and...

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The Consistory that still sails under the flag of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hamilton has had the audacity to suspend the Rev. H. Veldman from the office of the ministry of the Word! I just received here in Doon a letter from the Rev. H. Veldman, dated Jan. 13, 1951, which begins as follows: “Well, here it is Saturday morning, and all I have to do is write you and others a letter. This is quite a novel experience, something new in my lifetime. I have been denied the pulpit here. This also includes teaching catechism.” Already the Consistory...

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On another page of the present issue of the Standard Bearer the reader will find a contribution in the Holland language from Mr. A. van Dischoven. In that contribution Mr. van Dischoven writes about the Declaration of Principles, which he mistakenly calls “Verklaring van Gevoelen”. I will not take the trouble to translate the entire article, but only that part of it on which I must reflect. It furnishes our churches with an added reason why they should adopt the Declaration of Principles without delay. Writes he (I translate): “The two well-known missionary ministers labored hard in Canada among the...

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“And Elijah came unto all the people and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” I Kings 18:21 Times were evil in the days of Elijah, the prophet of the Lord. There was a very wicked king on the throne, and he had ruled Israel for twenty-two years at the time of this speech of the prophet. And when Elijah speaks of two opinions, causing the people of God to halt ridiculously, you can imagine where they received...

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