SEGREGATION IN SOUTH AFRICA The problem of racial segregation in this country has been primarily a social one. The subject appears in the newspapers when it involves the public schools, the equal use of parks, lunch counters, busses, etc. by both black and white, the participation in politics and the right of Negroes to vote in elections.
Beginning with Article 56, our Church Order devotes nine articles to the subject of the Sacraments. The first five, Articles 56 to 60 inclusive, deal with various questions relating to the sacrament of Holy Baptism and the last four, Articles 61 to 64 inclusive, treat the subject of the Lord’s Supper. In our discussion of this subject, we are not to treat the doctrinal aspect of the sacraments.
We are still occupied with the question whether our adolescents should be encouraged to make early confession of faith (at the age of 12 to 15) and thus partake of the Lord’s Supper. And, having mentioned some of the arguments advanced in favor of this idea, we shall now try to formulate a conclusion and produce reasons for it.
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. . . . This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 3:14, 15
There is no cry of the suffering. There is no groan of the poor. There is no complaint of the wronged. There is the gathering of all the blessings of science and art and industry. There is equality and justice and brotherhood. There is found the climax of man’s attainment, the realization of the number Six hundred sixty-six. But there is also found the very height of iniquity and godlessness.
The above is the title of a pamphlet I received containing a criticism of a certain decision adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America. The criticism was made by the Sixth Reformed Church of Paterson, New Jersey and was published in pamphlet form by the Consistory of that Church.
He objected to the Epistle to the Hebrews because it seems to deny (in chs. 6, 10, and 12) the possibility of repentance after baptism, contrary to the Gospels and to Paul, and betrays in ch. 2:13, a post-apostolic origin.