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Sunday, September 5, was certainly a day of joy and gladness for us.
“No one shall be permitted, neglecting the ministry of his church or being without a fixed charge, to preach indiscriminately without the consent and authority of Synod or Classis. Likewise, “no one shall be permitted to preach or administer the sacraments in another church without the consent of the consistory of that church.”—Art. 15.
Article 12. The elect in due time, though in various degrees and in different measures, attain the assurance of this their eternal and unchangeable election, not by inquisitively prying into the secret and deep things of God, but by observing in themselves with a spiritual joy and holy pleasure, the infallible fruits of election pointed out in the word of God—such as a true faith in Christ, filial fear, a godly sorrow for sin, a hungering and thirsting after righteousness, etc.
The sacrifice constitutes an essential element today in the Roman Catholic doctrine of the mass. The Romish Church distinguishes between the Mass and the Eucharist. The bass precedes the Eucharist and is, of course, necessary for it. There can be no Eucharist, no partaking of the body and blood of Christ and of thanksgiving to God without the Mass. In the Mass the bread and wine aye actually changed into the body and blood of the Lord through the intercession of the priest, and the body and blood of the Lord are really offered by the Church.
Of late a whispering campaign is being conducted in these parts (and no doubt, also elsewhere) concerning the undersigned’s presentation of the court case. These whispered accusations, which claim that the undersigned distorted the facts and that there is another side which denies his writings, are wrong on two daunts.
The gospel is indeed a power of God unto salvation for every one that believeth, first the Jew and also the Greek. Thus we noticed in the former article on this passage from holy writ. We now must notice what the word of God tells us here concerning the reason why the gospel is such a power of God unto salvation. We must not try to give the answer to this question from our own human reasoning, but we must listen to the word of God itself. We must also, in this matter, be swift to hear, slow to speak...
Chapter 1: Christian Stewardship (cont.) Nor does God bestow the goods that He gives to everyone according to His sovereign dispensation upon man in His common grace. For, to be sure, “He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust,” but this cannot be quoted as proof that God loves the righteous and the wicked alike, or that His favor is upon the elect and reprobate.
De Humor van de Bijbel (The Humor of the Bible) by Okke Jager. Published by J.H. Kok, N.V., Kampen, the Netherlands, Price f 4.90. The author of this book is not known to me. In many ways the book reminds me of the writings of Thys Booy.
The position of the former consistory of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, according to its answer to the protest of brother Meninga, is that any aggrieved party, aggrieved, that is, by a consistory, classis, or even synod, cannot be bound by such a decision “until” it is proved to be in conflict with the word of God or the Church Order.