All Articles For Vol 38 Issue 15 5/1/1962

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Obviously the texts of Ephesians 5:18, 19 and Colossians 3:16cannot be used as a Scriptural basis for the introduction of hymns in the worship of the church. One reason for this is that the term “hymn” in these passages does not have the same meaning as is commonly given to that word today. Rev. F. Frazer stresses the point that a correct understanding of these passages necessitates “that the words in them be taken in the sense obviously intended by the writer.” What this meaning is he attempts to show in the following article. We quote: “Controversies within the church have produced, for...

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Randolph’s Consistory announces the following trio from which they will choose one to call to be their minister: Revs. R.C. Harbach, G. VanBaren, G. Vanden Berg. A news item from the Program Comm. of the Reformed Witness Hour: The Lord willing, Sunday, May 27, with the usual introduction—”Dear Radio Audience”—the Rev. 8. Hoeksema will preach the last of his current radio messages. Since the first week of December the pastor of First Church has been heard on the broadcasts of our “Protestant Reformed” Witness Hour. Highlighting the past twenty-six weeks of Rev. Hoeksema’s radio ministry was the; airing of the 1,000th...

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Dear Rev. Hoeksema: God’s Word teaches us that women must keep silence in the churches, I Cor. 14:34, and that the women must not teach, nor usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence, I Tim. 2:12. We also believe that national and state affairs must be ruled and governed by men only. In the light of this how would you explain that women teach in our own church school, seeing that church and school are so closely related? Sometimes a woman is principal. And how about women teaching Sunday school classes? Yours in Christ, Mrs. Ted Huizenga P.S. You...

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“SHARED TlME SCHOOL PLAN” The problem of federal aid to education remains a vexing problem to school officials and politicians, as well as to Church leaders. There are those, predominantly Roman Catholics, who insist on their proper share of federal funds for their parochial and private schools. There are others, pleading the principle of separation of Church and State, who insist that tax funds should be used only for public schools. In connection with this problem the problem of religion in public schools has also been a persistent headache. May religion be taught? If not, are not our public schools...

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Thus far in our study of the formation of the Old Testament canon we have seen, in the first place, that the Old Testament has the sanction of Christ Himself and of His apostles, so that it is impossible to believe in Christ and not to believe the Scriptures, that is, the Old Testament, which Be believed. In the second place, we have seen that it can also be determined which books were included in that Old Testament canon. We cited one historical witness in this connection; and more could be mentioned. We may now ask some further questions as...

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It is evident that Rome’s conception of the holiness of the church is, first of all, to be understood as referring to a liturgical, ceremonial holiness, consisting in this that the church, as institute, possesses the proper form of worship and the proper use of the sacraments, through which the Lord works holiness in the believers as through these powerful means and instruments of Divine grace. And, in the second place, Rome refers to personal holiness, although we must remember that this holiness does not necessarily have to be the possession of all or of most within the church, but...

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“Only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”  Galatians 5:13 Why does Paul say that to the churches in Galatia? The answer is not hard to find: The flesh in the church always does exactly that. It takes hold of the Word of God when it can use it as a excuse for a sinful walk. And it will reject it when it exposes evil and in no uncertain terms condemns it. “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as servants of God.” I Peter 2:16. Why...

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We now turn to I Timothy 4:6-10 once more. In a former article from our hand on this subject we called attention to the fact that in this section Paul writes Timothy concerning three matters. (1) A good minister. (2) Of a minister who is to exercise himself unto godliness. (3) Of the incentive of the promised reward. We finished the matter of what Paul calls a good minister and were in the midst of our discussion concerning the meaning of exercising ourselves unto godliness. We were not yet quite finished in our discussion of the latter. Permit us, therefore, to pursue our discussion of...

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“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.”  Numbers 12:1 It is a very brief insight which the Scriptures give into Moses’ personal life when they write, “He had married an Ethiopian woman”; but the implications of it are of considerable interest. We know that Moses was first married in Midian, some time after fleeing from Pharaoh, to Zipporah, Jethro’s daughter. Although we perhaps have no reason to doubt that she like her father worshipped the true God, it appears that in all respects the...

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We still have to present the report of the committee that was appointed at the February sessions of Classis East in re the cases of Mr. and Mrs. H. Vander Vennen, Mr. D. Flietstra and Mrs. P. Van den Engel. Again I present this report of the committee in abbreviated form. First of all, the committee presents the reason for its being appointed in order to report to the April session of Classis East. The reason is that in its answer to the protest of First Church, Southeast consistory accuses the consistory of “measuring with two measures.” This “measuring with two measures”...

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