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With reference to the former Rev. Kok’s, “News Items from Holland,” in Concordia, Nov. 5, 1958, the undersigned simply makes the following testimony from the Consistory records, beginning as early as the latter part of 1949, when the Holwerda-Kok case originated in the Netherlands.
Too Much Election?
“No minister shall be at liberty to serve in institutions of mercy or otherwise, unless he be previously admitted in accordance with the preceding articles, and he shall, no less than others, be subject to the church order.” Article 6
Article 2. But in this the love of God was manifested, that he sent his only begotten Son into the world, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life, I John 4:9, John 3:16.
Christ or conditions. That is the issue! Either Christ and His work is the prerequisite for my entrance into the kingdom of heaven or else my act of converting myself is the prerequisite. Either Christ and His atonement is the basis for my salvation or else I am saved on the condition of faith, and perhaps on the condition of a few other things demanded of me. Christ and conditions?
In our former article we called attention to I Peter 1:17. We noticed that our confession and walk must be in perfect harmony. Always it is the order of Confession and walk. These belong together. The moment the former is minimized in respect to the latter it is impossible to retain either one of the two. They who play out our walk over against our Confession as an antipole, rather than presenting them as root and fruit, certainly have no Christian walk left.
6. Prophecy regarding an unnamed land, Isaiah 18.
Chapter 3: The Observance of the First Day From the preceding it will be evident that it is important properly to observe the weekly sabbath, and that the desecration of that sabbath day is a sad sign of spiritual deterioration. First of all, it will be plain that they who insist on the seventh day instead of the first day of the week are utterly in error, proceed from a wrong conception principally, and fail to understand the significance of the Christian sabbath.
It will be plain to everyone that at all understands the truth that the difference between us and those that left the fellowship of the Protestant Reformed Churches at bottom concerns the truth of election and reprobation. It is the age old question whether grace is always particular and for the elect alone, or whether it is common and, in some sense, is for all men.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is the name whereby He shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.” —Jeremiah 23:5, 6 Not many days hence, and we will celebrate the glorious event of the birth of our Savior.