Vol 38 Issue 12

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News From Our Churches

From the Radio Comm. of our Reformed Witness Hoqr we have received the following contribution: The Publicity Comm. of the Radio Comm. has been given the assignment of compiling information regarding our Distinctively Reformed Radio Programs for a “Newssheet” which, D.V., is to be published two or three times a year, Many interesting items are planned for these news bulletins, such as letters from our listeners, future plans of the Radio Comm., etc. As you no doubt know, the Ref. Witness Hour is “sponsored by the Protestant Reformed Churches of America,” therefore the newssheets will be mailed to all our...

Report of Classis East

REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST, Feb. 14, 1962. Rev. H. Hanko, chairman of the January meeting led in opening devotions. Roll call showed that in two or three instances alternate delegates had replaced those present at the January session, and that no delegates from Grand Haven made their appearance during this three day session. The Committee which had been appointed at the January session to advise Classis on the matter of the three protests presented its report. There appeared a majority and a minority report. Classis decided after the reading of both reports to treat the majority report seriatim. After three...

All Around Us

MIRACLES There have been in the past, are now, and always will be those who claim to have the power to perform miracles. For centuries the Roman Catholic Church has given credence to miracles performed, for example, at the shrine of Lourdes, in France. Today there are many sects throughout this country and others who have evangelists roaming about who are “faith healers.” And Scripture emphatically warns the Church that Antichrist himself shall do wonders and shall deceive many by his miracles. Recently a magazine called “Faith Digest” came into my hands. It is published by a certain evangelist whose...

The Hymn Matter (continued)

Although a formal motion to do so was not passed by the synod of 1960, it appears as though the synod was inclined to go ahead with the overture of the First Church and revise Article 69 of our Church Order so as to make provision for hymns in our churches. At least when the study committee advised that the article should be revised to read: “In the churches only the 150 Psalms of David shall be sung, as also such hymns which are faithful versifications of the Holy Scriptures, in each case the General Synod being the judge,” it...

The Church and the Sacraments, The Time of the Reformation, Views on the Church, The Protestant View

We concluded our preceding article with the observation that the Reformed view of the church, although agreeing principally with the Lutheran conception of the same, nevertheless does reveal certain peculiarities or differences which are not unimportant. In the first place, the Reformed conception, with respect to the institute of the church, declares that, although the Lord ordinarily bestows the benefits of Christ by means of the Word and of the sacraments, He is nevertheless not bound to them and, be it rarely, also bestows salvation outside of the institute of the church. A second distinctive peculiarity of the Reformed conception...

Youth, Remember! (3)

Nowhere among the offspring of the beasts of the field or in the insect world will you find a creature as helpless as the human babe. The young of the beasts of the field shift for themselves very shortly after birth. While the child of one year remains a helpless babe that cannot defend itself and still depends upon its parents for food, shelter and clothing, the beasts of the field and of the wood at that age may be a direct menace and peril to full grown men. While the year old child is still “all thumbs,” the little...

Exposition of I Timothy 4:1-5 (c)

And now, in conclusion, we must still call attention to a few elements in the text concerning the positive teaching of God’s Word concerning the creature of God, to wit, “that all creaturehood of God is good, and nothing to be rejected being received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.” In these words Paul shows in a pithy and convincing way how demoniacal is that teaching which forbids marriage and commands men to abstain from meats. Let us attempt to understand the teaching of Paul here. He is really not directly arguing for...

A Holy Nation

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall he holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.  Exodus 19:1, 2 One of the most beautiful and most expressive of the forms of worship instituted for Israel while encamped in the wilderness was that of the great day of atonement. It was a new institution related directly to the tabernacle in its typical function as the dwelling place of God. It presented one of the clearest revelations of the covenant of grace with the approach...

Chapter III, Saving Faith (continued)

In our definition of saving faith we emphasized that faith is that gift of God whereby we are engrafted into Christ and whereby we receive all the benefits that are in Christ Jesus our Lord. By faith we are engrafted into Christ. It is the means, the spiritual means, whereby we are united with Christ. It is the spiritual bond whereby we are made one body, one plant, with Him, so that by faith we live out of Him, and out of Him draw all our spiritual benefits. This is also true of the description of faith given by our...

Observations

One does not have to be a scientist to see How we as churches have greatly changed Since we were cast out, three decades ago and more, by a church going wayward, There was a time when our leaders talked And wrote against the hymn convincingly; When they criticized others for elevating man By naming buildings for late benefactors. Today we are being led to the hymn And little memorials all our own. What must we say? Does truth change? Or does it stand immutable as our God. —D.H. Kuiper, Loveland, Colorado

3/15/1962