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The congregation of Randolph, Wisconsin, extended a call to Rev. H. Hanko, of Hope Church in Grand Rapids. From a trio which consisted of the Revs. H.H. Kuiper, G. VanBaren and R. Veldman, Creston called the Rev. Veldman.
Editor of The Standard Bearer, Rev. H. Hoeksema Dear Rev. Hoeksema: Will you please place the following contribution in the next Standard Bearer?
COMMENTS FROM THE NETHERLANDS Some of our readers may have wondered occasionally what was the reaction of the people in the Netherlands to the history of our churches in the past eight years, and, more particularly, what was the reaction of these churches to the efforts of those who left us to return to the Christian Reformed Church.
Two questions remain for us to answer in regard to Article 56 of our Church Order. You will recall that this article deals with the sealing of the covenant of God unto the children of Christians by means of the sacrament of baptism. We have pointed out that the administration of this sacrament should take place as soon as feasible after the children are born. There should be no unreasonable delay due to certain matters of superstition.
We must still say a few words concerning the present status and position of our Belgic Confession, particularly here in our own country.
We concluded our preceding, article with the question whether our rejection of the error of Rationalism also implies that our faith must therefore be regarded as irrational and unreasonable. And then we wish to remark in the first place that it is not a question now at this time of “defective logic or reason.” Many of our readers undoubtedly know that our Protestant Reformed Churches have been accused of rationalism in our approach to and interpretation of the Scriptures.
There seems to be something lacking. The theme above does not seem complete. And that various texts we quoted last time also seem to give but part of the picture. We speak of the threefold office of every believer even as we find in the Old Testament Scripture the three offices of prophet, priest and king.
Timothy must teach certain men in Ephesus not to teach a “different” doctrine. Other foundation can no man lay than that which was put down by Paul in the Church. It is the foundation of the apostles and prophets of which Jesus Christ is the chief corner-stone. Eph. 2:20. That is the position of all Paul’s apology for the faith once delivered to the saints.
And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. Exodus 7:1-3
6. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.