The Eastern League of Men’s Societies met Nov. 13 at Southwest Church. This was a Silver Anniversary since it was twenty-five years ago that they held their first meeting. Rev. Vos presided and introduced Rev. H. Hanko as the speaker of the evening.
Questioner: Rev. H. C. Hoeksema Answers by: Rev. H. Hoeksema (Continued) Question: Acts 19:39 speaks of “it shall be determined by a lawful assembly.” Can an unannounced consistory meeting, which suspended Rev. De Wolf, stand the acid test of this passage?
We have, once and again, reflected upon the church political aspect of the Forbes-Isabel churches in their severing of relationship with the Eureka Classis. That we spoke mostly about the Isabel church in this respect is due to the fact, that, when Rev. Mensch was deposed, Isabel was a congregational unit, recognized as a member church of the Eureka Classis, which the Forbes Church was a faithful minority-group with Rev. Mensch in the Oriens Reformed Church at Leola. Now just a word about the Forbes congregation.
Dr. Klooster on the Decisions of 1921. The reader will remember that in the preceding issue 6f this paper we reflected on an article appearing in the November issue of Torch and Trumpet in which Dr. Fred H. Klooster wrote on “The Synodical Decisions of 1924 on Common Grace.” Because of our limited space, we promised to continue with this subject. in this issue of our paper.
d) In the first volume of “Politica Ecclesiastica,” Voetius answers thirty-four particular questions that relate to the matter of ecclesiastical power. Question 22 is: “As part of the ecclesiastical power, does it belong to the Synodical gathering of the churches to exercise the right of excommunication in the event of misgovernment or incurable evil?” (atque ab ea exerceri). The familiar answer is: “I do not see why this cannot be done in cases and events such as mentioned above.”
That God deals righteously even then, when the actuating and influencing operation of His grace is such that it “permits” the saints to deviate from the guidance of grace and to be seduced into sin, so that they comply with the lusts of the flesh and actually fall, implies, in the first place, that the falls of the saints are not to be ascribed to the Lord God. On the contrary, the sins of the saints spring forth from their own sinful flesh and from their own carnal lusts and from the attacks of Satan and of the world.
We concluded our preceding article with a quotation of Hodge on the etymology and the classical and patristic usage (usage by the fathers) of the word “sacrament.” Of interest in connection with this subject is the following quotation from the late Dr. H. Bavinck from his Dogmatics, IV, 217-218 (translation by the undersigned): “The widely propagated Greek mystery-essence exercised influence upon the Christian religion. The word musterion in the New Testament is the word for words and acts of God which were formerly hidden but now have become manifest.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits . . .” “Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist . . .” “And even now already is it in the world . . .”
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” Hebrews 11:17-19