The Heidelberger On The Way Out? In the September 5th issue of The Banner, in the rubric “Other Churches in the News,” the Rev. Peter Van Tuinen writes the following under the title: “Blaming the Heidelberger.”
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Article 3. By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength. But God is faithful, who, having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully, preserves them therein, even to the end. The above translation is not entirely correct; and because the article is brief, we will present a corrected version of the entire article:
Extremely interesting, but equally important for understanding the entire prophecy of Ezekiel is the vision of the living creatures mentioned in chapter 1, and referred to again later in the prophecy. Whenever we read the prophecy of Ezekiel, also in our family worship, a clear picture of the vision and its significance is most essential for all of us.
As we remarked last time there is an inner harmony and beauty to be seen in the world of numbers. Note first of all that there is an unfailing pattern of odd and even numbers in alternating order. One, three, five, seven and nine are all odd numbers in that they cannot be equally divided into two parts without the result being a fraction of a number. Two, four, six, eight and ten are the even numbers which appear respectively between these odd numbers. They can be divided in two: and the result is always a full number.
In our former essay we ended with some observations concerning the created design and purpose of sun, moon and stars. They are media of the revelation of God. They are set for signs and for seasons, and for days and for years. And the very speech of the heavenly luminaries is that all time ends. Each evening the sun sets, proclaiming to man and beast that the end has come of that particular day. And each new moon proclaims that another month has come, only to fade away after the zenith of its glory in the “last quarter” and then...
held under the Auspices of the Committee for Protestant Reformed Action, Hull, Iowa, July, 1954 Speaker: Rev. H. Hoeksema (Continued) The Rev. De Wolf not only assumes full responsibility for his erroneous statements, but in addition to this, and to defend himself, he defends the Barthian heresy that the kingdom of God is like the vertical line intersecting the horizontal line on the plane of our existence. I am very sorry for all this: My heart bleeds for our Prot. Ref. Churches. Nevertheless, I want the Consistory to know:
If hail and fire may mean heresies, and may also mean political disturbances in the world of the Roman empire, why may they not refer to a thousand other things in the world? All certainty is thus removed, and Scripture becomes a source of speculation. Thirdly, I refuse to go along with this mode of interpretation because the reference to definite historical facts and periods, as is implied in such a method, has always led to disappointment, and still does.
May this column serve as a means to reach out to the far off outposts of Redlands, Lynden and Loveland, drawing them into a closer circle with the rest of our churches, binding us closer in the bonds of love; yea, let it be a means to embrace one another in the communion of saints.
The question we must still face is whether the conception that salvation and the promise of God are absolutely unconditional does not make men careless and profane. We are often accused of this error.