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A Psalm of David, Maschil. “Blesses is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity and in whose spirit there is no guile.” Psalm 32:1, 2
God is not Deformed. Under the above title L. Nelson Bell, executive editor ofChristianity Today, writes in the September 2, 1957 issue of that religious periodical.
In our last article we raised the question, “What determines the legal status of matters presented to the various ecclesiastical assemblies for deliberation and decision?” We cited at that time seven rules of the Christian Reformed Church, governing the legality of matters presented to the Synod and we stated then that our churches do not have such, a compilation of definitely written rules but that a committee of Synod is at present mandated to provide them. This does not mean, however, that our churches have throughout the years been functioning without rules in regard to these matters.
Article 15. God is under no obligation to confer this grace upon any; for how can he be indebted to man, who had no previous gifts to bestow, as a foundation for such recompense? Nay, who has nothing of his own but sin and falsehood? He therefore who becomes the subject of this grace, owes eternal gratitude to God, and gives him thanks forever. Whoever is not made partaker thereof, is either altogether regardless of these spiritual gifts, and satisfied with his own condition; or is in no apprehension of danger, and vainly boasts the possession of that which he...
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” Psalm 19:1, 2. Indeed they do! Speech about God; His infinite beauties! Knowledge about God; His divine praises and glory! How well David understood that all creation is a continuous speech, declaring to us the eternal and wonderful thoughts of God.
“My people give ear, attend to my word, In parables new deep truths shall be heard; The wonderful story our fathers made known To children succeeding by us must be shown.”
In our former essay we pointed out the very grave error of the Corinthians in regard to their perversion of the “gift of tongues.” They were very little concerned with the word of prophecy, with the clear expression in their “own tongue” of the message of salvation in Christ Jesus, the Lord. It seems quite evident that this “speaking with tongues” in the bonafide sense of the word had deteriorated into mere foolish and unintelligent gibberish.
And Jehovah shall appear above them, and like lightning shall his arrow go forth, and the Lord Jehovah shall blow the trumpet, and go forth in the storms of the South. Jehovah of hosts shall protect them, and they devour and tread down sling-stones, and they drink and make a noise as from wine, and become full like bowls, as the corners of the altar. And Jehovah their God saves them in that day (saves) like a flock his people, for Jewels like a crown shall they be, sparkling over the land.
At first we intended to treat these seals separately, one by one; but a study of the first four seals soon led us to the conclusion that such a method would be both impossible and impracticable. For, in the first place, it soon becomes evident, as one investigates the contents of the first four seals, that they really belong together, are very closely allied, and therefore ought to be discussed in their relation to one another and in their combined effect upon the history of this dispensation.
In The Banner of Sept. 6, 1957, we find a rather complete account of the attempt on the part of those that were once with us but who denied the Protestant Reformed truth, attempted to corrupt our churches from within and, when they did not succeed, forsook the fellowship of our churches, to return to the fold of the Christian Reformed Churches. The editor of The Banner leaves the impression with me that he is rather favorably disposed to this attempt and would like to see it succeed. Writes he in an introductory statement: