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Under the above caption Dr. Janies Daane writes in the Reformed Journal of September, 1953. We gather that the theology of which he speaks has to do with the matter of common grace, while the schism to which he refers is the one which has recently taken place in the Protestant Reformed Churches. We have not the room to quote his entire article which is indeed very interesting, but here are a few quotes:
Continuing with the early views of the organization of the Church as entertained by the early Church Fathers, we now call attention to Irenaeus. In our preceding article we called attention to the views as expressed by Ignatius, one of the Apostolic Fathers and bishop of the church at Antioch. The great esteem in which he held the office of bishop appears from all his writings, although we also called attention to the fact that Ignatius also held the office of the presbyter or elder in high regard. Later the office of bishop was held in much higher esteem.
God cannot be mocked. He may not be mocked; but He cannot be mocked either. And when one departs from the straight line of the truth, he must come back to the point of departure or else continue still further away from the truth. That is not only a fundamental principle taught us in the Scriptures, it is also the testimony of church history and even of our every day life.
Since it is sometime ago that we called attention to the setting and meaning of this particular portion of holy writ from I Peter, and, no doubt, the exact text is not clearly before our mind any more, I shall write out this particular passage in full. The text reads as follows: “as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lust in pour ignorance: but like He Who has called you is holy so be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; because it is written: Ye shall be holy for I am holy.”
Q. 103. What doth God require in the fourth commandment?
HOSEA (in “Commentaar op het Oude Testament”) by Dr. C. van Gelderen and Dr. W.H. Gispen. Published by J.H. Kok, N.V. Kampen, the Netherlands. Price f. 16.90. In a preface to this commentary we are informed that its original and chief author is Dr. van Gelderen, but that he could not complete it because the Lord took him away. His work on this commentary extends to Hosea 10:3. From there on it is the work of Dr. Gispen who, at the request of the family of Dr. van Gelderen completed the work. Heartily we recommend this commentary to all our...
Our readers are, no doubt, interested to know what is happening in our churches in connection with the split which is now an accomplished fact. And since neither Concordia or what calls itself the Reformed Guardian can be trusted to inform them of the truth of even the bare facts, the Standard Bearer will, from time to time, try to bring them up to date. We are making history fast in our little denomination!