All Articles For Vol 35 Issue 16 5/15/1959

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Holland’s bulletin calls attention to the coming Synod which meets June 3 at Hudsonville in this way: “Synod needs our prayers. It will have much work to do. Much wisdom is required. There must be a looking to the Lord, for guidance and holy dependence. May God supply.” That is Rev. McCollam’s way of reminding the congregation that when Synod meets it is the Church meeting, and that it is for the general welfare of the entire membership.

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The pamphlet to which we refer is a 12 page booklet published some years ago by the Revs. M. Gritters and A. Cammenga when they were members of our Protestant Reformed churches in good standing. The pamphlet was entitled: The Answer, and contained some twenty-one questions and answers the gist of which was to show up the fallacy of the doctrine of Common Grace and positively set forth the position of the Protestant Reformed Churches as they conceived of it then. 

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“In all churches there shall be a consistory composed of the ministers of the Word and the elders, who at least in larger congregations, shall, as a rule, meet once a week. The minister of the Word (or the ministers, if there be more than. one), in turn shall preside and regulate the proceedings. Whenever the number of elders is small, the deacons may be added to the consistory by local regulations; this shall invariably be the rule where the number is less than three.”—Art. 37. 

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Confirmation, or a service attending the introduction of those baptized in infancy into full communion in the Church, was instituted early and continued for a long time among Protestants as well as among the Romanists. In fact, the word “Confirmation” had lately also come into existence among our churches recently. Those who had been baptized in their infancy had their standing then in the Church on the ground of the profession of faith and the engagements which had been made in their name, by their parents or sponsors.

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We fall either into the category of those that wait with hope for the promises of God or tie are those weighted down with the things of this life and of this earth. We cannot serve God and mammon. We serve God or we serve mammon. We wait upon the Lord or we put our trust in the things of the flesh. We seek the things above where Christ is or our affections are on the things below and the weight of them keeps us earth-bound. 

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The Lord willing we shall write a short series of essays on the chapters 14 and 15 of Paul’s great epistle to the Romans. That we write on these Chapters rather than on such chapters as the fifth and sixth is due to the fact that we had occasion to preach on these chapters in our Missionary labors, with application of the principles here enunciated by Paul regarding the eating or not eating of meat and the keeping of the Sabbath day or in fact, any other day. 

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“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.  And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had pot for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.  And he called the name of that place Bethel:” 

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If we ask: what is the purpose of these two witnesses, and what must they do? the answer is ready, as we have already expressed in the preceding. They must bear testimony of the truth and of the name of Christ Jesus. The church with its ministry is placed as a testimony in the world. That is her sole calling. That this is so is plain from the fact that they are called witnesses. A silent witness is impossible. And therefore, they must speak. That is evident also from the fact that they are called prophets and that they must...

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