June 20, 1959 Rev. H. Veldman accepted the call to serve the church in Redlands, Calif. He expects to preach his farewell sermon in Edgerton on August 2nd, D.V. The parting between the congregation and her pastor and his wife will not be pleasant for they have filled a large place in the congregation: the minister in all his labors, and Mrs. Veldman as minister’s wife and as a teacher in Edgerton’s own Christian School. The Reverend writes that he leaves Edgerton with a heavy heart, but is convinced that duty calls him to his new charge.
Through an infinite variety of changing scenes our ever to be adored covenant God has brought us thus far. The various troubles that we have had to grapple with in the past few years only leave our numbers growing less. For us older ones, we shall never have to wade through them again. If God the Holy Spirit has sanctified them to our souls, they have done us no real harm.
As promised in the June 1st issue of The Standard Bearer, we now hope to finish the quotation of the little pamphlet with the above title published some years ago by the Rev. M. Gritters and the Rev. A. Cammenga; in which they set forth the position of the Protestant. Reformed Churches re the Common Grace question. If there is space at the conclusion of this final quotation, we may have some comments to make. Here follows the continuation of the quotation of the pamphlet.
The main element in this article is undoubtedly the fact that in the organization or re-organization of a congregation, the advice of the Classis must be obtained. This means that a church independently organized will not be admitted into or recognized by the denomination unless this advice of the Classis is first sought. The article itself does not deny the autonomous right of a group of believers to organize the church.
I have been asked to write an article for our Standard Bearer on the subject of our own Protestant Reformed Christian High School. This request did not come to me floating out of the air, so to speak; but it was made by a group of men who have already done a considerable amount of work in order that our own high school may become a reality.
We concluded our preceding article by quoting Chapter VI of the decrees of the Council of Trent on the Roman Catholic doctrine of the sacrament of penance. This sixth article or chapter decrees that absolution must be granted by the priest. It also teaches that even priests, who themselves are in mortal sin, exercise the office of forgiving sins, as the ministers of Christ and through the virtue of the Holy Ghost Who was bestowed upon them in ordination.
We now proceed with our exposition of the last section of this fourteenth Chapter of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. In this portion Paul directs a strong, concise and well-motivated exhortation to the brethren who are strong in the faith that is, to those who in good conscience can apply the doctrine of justification by faith, without any works of law, to all the spheres of life, believing that to the pure all things are pure!
It is of the utmost importance for the future understanding of the book of Revelation that you have a clear view of the question in what connection this seventh trumpet is here mentioned, and how it occurs. Let it be definitely understood that in this passage we have no detailed description of the effects of the seventh trumpet, but merely a general proleptical vision of it. The last part of the chapter bears the same character as the entire portion that preceded.