All Articles For Vol 31 Issue 14 4/15/1955

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A very small dose of copper sulphate, which although in itself is poisonous, serves as a powerful emetic. Such a dose appeared in the March 25th issue of The Church Herald in a short bold-faced type article entitled, “Are You?” by Rev. Wm. R. Buitendorp. Repeatedly we tried to digest it and just as often, we regurgitated.  Finally, tie wrote the editor of said publication. For those who do not read The Church Herald, we will quote the nauseating portion of the article together with our letter to the editor: “ARE YOU?”

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The editor of The Presbyterian Guardian, the Rev. Leslie W. Sloat, in the March 15th issue of this periodical, writes a brief editorial on the above named subject which is both interesting and thought-provoking.  With the general tenor of his editorial we can agree. However, due no doubt to its thought-provoking, nature, we could wish he had been a little more explicit and not quite so general. 

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The second class of Christians which the article mentions may be called the class of the “imperfect believers.” They are characterized by the following: 1) They seriously desire to be turned to God, and to please Him only. (The Dutch has here: “They earnestly desire to convert themselves to God.” It makes no essential difference, however. 2) They earnestly desire to be delivered from the body of death. And, 3) They cannot yet reach that measure of holiness and faith to which they aspire.

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We noted toward the end of our preceding article that Augustine surely advocated church discipline but was not in sympathy with the Donatist movement. He lamented the fact that the Donatists had separated themselves, not only from those who had been justly accused of being traitors to their faith during the persecutions, but also from those who had been unjustly accused and that they had therefore separated themselves from the good and faithful in all the nations of the world.

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“Solely a church political issue.”  So Rev. Blankespoor once maintained.  Let us, for the sake of argument, assume that such is the case in the struggle of our churches to remain Protestant Reformed.  Actually this cannot be the case. And the very slogan of the pamphlet wherein Rev. Blankespoor published this falsification of the facts shows that his colleagues do not agree with him. The slogan is: “Defending truth and justice.” So truth, doctrine, was also in danger and is very really an issue in this struggle.

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It is the purpose of the undersigned to write a few articles of an exegetical nature on some passages quoted by “Classis West” in their missive to Classis East, which must serve as a basis and proof of their “testimony” that the Statements condemned by Classis East are not per se heretical. These passages are “like statements in Scripture” which prove that, although these “statements” are not a concise statement of doctrine, they are not what Classis East said they were, to wit; per se heretical!  There is a challenge in this enunciation of “Classis West.” 

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III. Condemnation of mixed marriages and Divorce,Malachi 2:10-16.  10. Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11. Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

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