Our missionary, Rev. Lubbers will conduct services for three Sundays in Redlands, since he is working in the areas of Bellflower and San Diego at present. During their vacancy Redlands will be served by Rev. Harbach as their moderator.
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Questioner: Rev. H.C. Hoeksema Answers by: Rev. H. Hoeksema (Continued) Question: It is a well known fact that many of our people who stood with you in 1924 are not at all with you today. Do you have an explanation for this, and would you say that all those people never were Protestant Reformed?
There is still the unanswered question as to thedoctrinal reason, if any, for severing relationships with the Eureka Classis on the part of the churches of Isabel and Forbes. If there be no such doctrinal reason surely, when Rev. Mensch left these churches, they might conveniently have returned to the preaching of the ministers of the Eureka Classis. And, let it be stated, that would also be the more natural thing to do. And, further, such would also be their calling!
On this subject the Rev. H. De Wolf writes in the November 10th issue of The Reformed Guardianwhich is published by the group that left us in 1953. The title of his editorial, so he informs us, refers to the question concerning the denominational existence of the churches that followed De Wolf in his schism. The question is: Shall that group of churches continue as a denomination, or not?
The committee, appointed by the Synod of 1924 to study the question whether or not a Classis may depose a Consistory, was divided in its report. The first part of that report or the report of that part of the committee that answered this question in the affirmative appeared in the foregoing articles. The other side now follows:
Article 5. By such enormous sins, however, they very highly offend God, incur a deadly guilt, grieve the Holy Spirit, interrupt the exercise of faith, very grievously wound their consciences, and sometimes lose the sense of God’s favor, for a time, until on their returning into the right way of serious repentance, the light of God’s fatherly countenance again shines upon them.
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS. “Thus, neither is our own justice established as our own as from ourselves; nor is the justice of God ignored or repudiated: for that justice which is called ours, because that we are justified from its being inherent in us, that same is (the justice) of God, because that it is infused into us of God, through the merit of Christ. Neither is this to be omitted,—that although, in the sacred writings, so much is attributed to good works, that Christ promises, that even he that shall give a.
That the title above is a partial quotation is evident at once. That it is a partial quotation of Ecclesiastes 12:13 is not self evident. But to all who know this text, it will be known. The full text is, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
It is well to bear in mind that Jesus is still uttering His great eschatological discourse concerning the time when He shall return, and concerning the Sign of this return or Parousia!
“Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” James 2:21-23