All Articles For Vol 29 Issue 15 5/1/1953

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Among other things the first article of our Church Order speaks of the necessity of assemblies in the church for the maintenance of good order. By these assemblies is not meant the gathering of the congre­gation in divine worship but rather the meetings of such ecclesiastical assemblies as the Consistory, Clas­sis and Synod. Concerning these assemblies we will write, D.V., in connection with later articles.

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In the third number of the 28th volume of The Standard Bearer I presented, in the course of my treatment of the above-cited subject, the “Five Articles of the Remonstrants” in both languages (the Dutch and the English); and in the following num­ber the “Contra-Remonstration” of the Calvinists. The translation is mine. It was with this “Remonstration” of the Calvinists that I was last occupied. In commenting on this trea­tise, I wrote:

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It is evident from the entire passage that the apostle is thinking not of all that may be known of God, but of those attributes that through the medium of the works of God’s hand in creation and providence even the natural man is capable of discerning. And he emphasizes that these attributes of God are mani­fest in them. They are not merely written before their eyes in the works of the Almighty, but the knowledge of God is conveyed to their very consciousness. God hath showed it unto them. In themselves the things of God are invisible.

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DE CIVITATE DEI I; by Dr. D.K. Wielenga. Published by J.H. Kok, N.V., Kampen the Netherlands. Price f.3.50. This book has nothing to do with the well-known work by Augustine under the same title, except that the author treats somewhat the same kind of material as Augustine in his “City of God.” It is designed as a textbook for high schools, and for this it is admirably adapted.

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The Revs. Ophoff and Hoeksema are censured! This news flashed like wildfire through our church­es during the week of the recent meetings of Classis East. From Grand Rapids it was flashed to Hull, and from Hull to distant Redlands, California. And the day after it all happened I received a tel­ephone call from Redlands to inquire whether it was really true.

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