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Report of Classis East . . . IN SESSION JULY 9, 1952 AT GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN This meeting of Classis was held at the Creston Church in Grand Rapids. Rev. G. Vanden Berg, the president of the last Classis, conducted the opening exercises. After the credentials were accepted and Classis was declared constituted, Rev. Van den Berg handed the hammer to Rev. R. Veldman, who, according to rotation, was called upon to preside. Rev. Veldman now speaks a few words, of welcome to the delegates.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Gen. 3:15 The whole world is engaged in a universal war!
Dear Brother: I have read your “Apology”, that you had printed in the Standard Bearer for July 1. It divides into three sections, the first two of which form the first part of your “Apology”. It reads and I quote:
My second observation is, that I am glad that Synod has spoken on this question of the Promise, its scope, its objects and its appropriation. Synod of 1951 was not stranded on the question of “conditions” in the abstract, but rather approached the question from the viewpoint of the Promise. Synod spoke not only of unconditional election, but also speaks of unconditional salvation which is ours by means of faith. That gave clarity to the question and cleared the atmosphere from misunderstandings.
It is of the utmost importance for the correct understanding of I John 2:12-14 that close attention be paid to the exact wording of it. We will, therefore, quote this passage in full. It reads as follows: “I write you children because your sins are forgiven for His Name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the evil one.
Proceeding now on the supposition that the aim of those who seek Protestant Reformed education for their children is also to have teachers with Protestant Reformed training, as has been evidenced by the interest in and activity toward such a project ever since 1948, we still have several important questions to consider.
Introduction The truth of God’s providence is readily admitted. It is simply a fact that God alone is God. Out of Him and through Him and unto Him are all things. His alone is the glory now and forever. Anyone of reformed persuasion will have no difficulty, as such, with the providence of God, and will surely answer affirmatively when confronted with the question whether the Lord reigns in the heavens above and upon the earth beneath.
More and more we are reminded that the Convention time of our Federation of Protestant Reformed Young Peoples’ Societies is again at hand. In our mind’s eye we see loaded busses with happy and youthfully carefree Covenant youth turning their faces toward Hull, Iowa. From California, Washington, Montana, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan they come.