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All of the main streets in the South Holland-Oak Lawn area led, to our Oak Lawn church Tuesday evening, March 17. Rev. H. Hoeksema lectured that evening on, “The Virgin Birth, and the Natures of Christ” to a capacity crowd, including the delegates to Classis West, overflowing into an adjoining room.
In the March 15th issue of The Standard Bearer two article. Contributions appeared which were directed against the undersigned and reflected on the article we wrote, which appeared in the March 1st issue under the heading “Literary Cavalcade—The Green Pastures.” We trust that the following reply will satisfactorily answer both of them. Both of my opponents charge me with serious faults.
The question of the nature and extent of the jurisdiction of a Classis over a Consistory is of fundamental importance! The exercise of this jurisdiction, either properly or improperly, has an important effect upon the ecclesiastical life of the churches and certainly has affected the history of our Protestant Reformed Churches from the very time of their origin until, the present day.
Thus far we have called attention to the negative aspects of this article, namely, the truth that the perseverance of the saints is as far as the saints themselves are concerned absolutely impossible and that this perseverance is not in consequence of the saints’ own merits and powers. And we have found that this must be taken in the most stringent sense of the word.
“It is another objection to this doctrine (the Roman Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation —H.V.) that it logically leads, and in fact has led, to the greatest practical evils.
A wonderful victory was accomplished at Jericho. Under God’s guidance, the walls of the city had fallen down. The people of that city, together with all their possessions, had been destroyed. Israel had seen the power of God whereby He would defend His people and give unto them the promised land of Canaan.
In contemplating with believing hearts the “Final Judgment Scene” as here portrayed in Matthew 25:31-46 it should be borne in mind that the history of the world is the history of the church!
“And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimeleck, king of the Philistines unto Gerar. “And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee;”
Chapter VI An Interlude Revelation 10:8-11
Evolution, Long Periods, or Days On the fifth and. sixth days God created fish, fowl and the land animals. Of this we read in Gen. 1:20-25: “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.