July 20, 1960 Trios—Creston: Rev. H. Hanko; Cand. J. Kortering; Rev. A. Mulder. Grand Haven: Cand. J. Kortering; Rev. A. Mulder; Rev. J. Van Baren. Hull, Iowa: Cand. J. Kortering; Rev. G. Lubbers; Rev. G. Vos. Randolph, W is.: Rev. R. Harbach; Cand. J. Kortering; Rev. M. Schipper. Called—Grand Haven: Rev. A. Mulder of Kalamazoo.
In the July 1st issue of The Standard Bearer brother Vernon Graeser of Tucson, Arizona, asked the undersigned for a reply to several questions he raised that have to do with Christian Economics. He suggested that we write a few articles in the SB answering the questions he would like answered. To this request we now reply.
As we mentioned last time, our fathers in this article reject the Arminian contention that temporary faith and saving faith differ only in duration with an appeal to the Parable of the Sower, or, more correctly, the Parable of the Four Kinds of Soil. And they make a comparison between one class of bad soil and the good soil. They single out the stony soil, undoubtedly because, as we have seen, Scripture specifically mentions that these believe for a while and later fall away.
About a year and a half ago we made the acquaintance of a Baptist on the train to Denver. We agreed to send him some of our literature and placed his name on our Reformed Witness Hour radio broadcast’s mailing list. Between us there sprang up an irregular correspondence. And it is concerning one of the matters of which he wrote that we would first write at this time.
Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
It stands to reason that, if we believe that the covenant is the bond of friendship between God and His people in Christ Jesus, and that it is established with Christ and in Him with all whom the Father gave Him, we must also maintain the Scriptural truth of predestination, i.e. election and its counterpart, reprobation.