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Torch and Trumpet Undergoes Another Change. The above named periodical has changed its appearance again. This is the third time, if I am not mistaken, in seven years of its existence that this religious magazine appears under a different cover. Not only has it altered its outward appearance but changes have also been planned as to contents. The managing editor, Rev. H.J. Kuiper, former editor ofThe Banner, tells of the plan in his rubric titled Timely Topics in the September, 1957 issue.
Before we enter a discussion of the significant 31st Article of our Church Order, I am going to comment on the recent writings of Rev. Malcolm MacKay that appeared in The Contender and in which he reflects upon a series of Articles 1 wrote in The Standard Bearer several months ago Under the caption, “The Church and State.”
In the second place, this article, on the basis of the foregoing truth, presents the marks of distinction between those who have this grace and those who do not possess it. Positively, the fathers state: “Whoever receives that grace owes and gives eternal thanks to the only God.” Concerning this statement, we make the following remarks:
Gregory was, in his own time, and has been since, the subject both of the highest praise and of the severest censure. Modern historians agree in giving him credit for the honesty and courage of his convictions, and concede the purity and loftiness of his motives and aims. He is the typical representative of papal absolutism in the Middle Ages in conflict with imperial absolutism. He combined personal integrity, consummate statesmanship, and monastic contempt of the world.
We love God. That is the reason why we give our children a covenant training. Therefore our purpose in showing them God’s praises is that they might set their hope in God; and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments. He who loves God keeps His commandments. And he who loves God desires also to see his children keep God’s commandments.
Those, who read our last essay, will have noticed that we called attention to a very peculiar and significant passage from Isaiah 28:11, 12. It became evident in that essay, that the situation in the church at Corinth was very precarious; the very gifts in the church, designed positively to be for the edification of the congregation, now became through the snare of the devil, an obstacle in the way of the free course of the Word of God, as clearly spoken in the prophetic word!
“Against the shepherds my anger burns, and the he goats will I punish; for Jehovah of hosts visits his flock, the house of Judah, and makes them his goodly horse in war. From him the cornerstone, from him the nail, from him the war-bow, from him will every oppressor come forth together. And they shall be like mighty men of valor treading down into the mire of the streets in the battle; and they fight, for Jehovah is with them, and the riders on horses are put to shame.
And in his Lamentations we hear the same prophet complain: “Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.” Lamentations 5:10. Black, then, is color of scarcity and want, of drought and famine. The rest of the description of this horse is again in harmony with this idea of the black color, although at the same time we should not fail to notice that by it the idea of famine is somewhat modified and mitigated.
Daane’s Negativism In a very long article in the Reformed Journal, Dr. James Daane writes on the state of theology in the church. By “the church” he evidently judging by the contents of the article, refers chiefly to the Christian Reformed Church. And, in his opinion the state of theology in that church is rather very poor.
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15