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The implied thought kin the question above is that this is an impossibility. A church that is an enemy of Christian schools and therefore of Christian private education cannot be Reformed. And yet there is a church that calls itself Reformed that actually has no use for Christian schools. That church is the Reformed Church in America, a denomination that historically finds its roots in Western Michigan with the coming of Dr. A.C. Van Raalte from the Netherlands to this community.
In their explanation of this relation between the work of God’s grace in regeneration and the use of the gospel, the seed of regeneration and the food of the soul, the fathers begin by making a very, apt comparison between the natural and the spiritual in regard to the use of means: “As the almighty operation of God, whereby He produces and sustains this our natural life, does not exclude, but requires the use of means, by which God of his infinite wisdom and goodness bas willed to exercise this his power, so also the before mentioned supernatural operation of...
“Any Christian, truly sensitive to evil as the body is sensitive to pain, should and will readily see, that the commercialized movie is a tremendous influence for evil, for social, moral, intellectual, and spiritual corruption.” That statement reads as though it had been written under our title above, Spiritually Sensitive, and for this department.
For some time in the past the undersigned has been more or less occupied with a study of and reflection upon the meaning of the question of marriages, abstinence from the marriage tie, the unbelieving party in the marriage tie in the church which had been called out of heathendom and idol worship, and the relative betterment of one’s lot and position in the world, but not entering into the marriage state.
How they were put on the rack and tortured in every conceivable way! How they were brought to the scaffold and burned at the stake! In a word, as you go through history from its very dawn to the present time, you will find a host innumerable under the altar, slain for the Word of God and the testimony which they held. And what is the reason for all this? It is simply because of the tremendous contrast between the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of the devil, the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness, striving for...
THE DECREE Following is the decree of the Supreme Court in the case of the Second Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Mich. That we publish it here needs, I trust, no explanation. STATE OF MICHIGAN: SUPREME COURT SECOND PROTESTANT REFORMED CHURCH OF GRAND RAPIDS, a Michigan corporation, Plaintiff and Appellant v. JOHN BLANKESPOOR, et al., Defendants and. Appellees SECOND PROTESTANT REFORMED CHURCH OF GRAND RAPIDS, a Michigan corporation, et al.,
“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6, 7