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Vol 38 Issue 17

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News From Our Churches

Rev. G. Lanting, of Holland, has received the call from the congregation in Loveland, Colorado. From the Program Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour we have received this contribution: Prof. H.C. Hoeksema, professor in the Theological Seminary of the Prot. Ref. Churches of America, will, D.V., be the speaker on our distinctively Reformed broadcasts during June. This month the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ celebrates the Ascension of Christ and the Day of Pentecost. Prof. Hoeksema has devoted his first sermon (June 3) to Christ’s Ascension with a message entitled, “Christ Appearing Again.” His Pentecostal sermon, which can be...

“The Psalters Questioned”

Much writing has been done concerning the so-called “Hymn Question” in our church periodicals during the past few years. And discussion is proper, even though some feel, even as they write, “. . . that any amount of writing will not convince the opponents, because it is their conviction, and it is impossible to change or even argue against one’s conviction.” This, if discussion is to retain any merit whatever, and if the concept that the Word of God is the determining criterion for all our convictions is to be maintained, I emphatically deny. “Hymn Question”? Perhaps. The question does...

All Around Us

MORE ON CHURCH UNION Our readers will recall that on various occasions we have discussed in this column a proposed merger between the Methodist Church, the Protestant Episcopal Church, the United Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ. This merger was first proposed by Eugene Carson Blake, Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in December of 1960. If the proposal were put into effect, the new denomination would number 19,000,000 members: 10,046,293 from the Methodist Church, 3,500,000 from the Protestant Episcopal Church, 3,259,011 from the United Presbyterian Church and 2,015,037 from the United Church of Christ. Some forty...

The Hymn Matter

We have contended that it is wrong for the church to introduce hymns into its worship services. Our argument rests upon the claim that the Holy Spirit has given the church of all ages one book of songs, the inspired Psalms, and has nowhere indicated a desire that the church should occupy herself with the task of versifying other parts of or all the rest of the inspired Word. From the Holy Spirit’s silence in this regard, we conclude that the church has no calling to add to the Divinely provided songs for the church. The Holy Spirit might have...

The Belgic Confession, Article V (continued)

We receive all these books, and these only, as holy and canonical, for the regulation, foundation, and confirmation of our faith; believing without any doubt, all things contained in them, not so much because the Church receives and approves them as such, but more especially because the Holy Ghost witnesseth in our hearts, that they are from God, whereof they carry the evidence in themselves. For the very blind are able to perceive that the things foretold in them are fulfilling. This is a very important article of faith, and one of the gems in our Confession because it sets...

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

We were busy, in our preceding article, with the attribute of catholicity of the church. We had quoted from the Dogmatics of Dr. H. Bavinck in connection with this attribute, and had begun to quote from the “Radio Replies” by the Fathers Rumble and Carty, which we consider extremely interesting, inasmuch as they may be considered to give us an accurate presentation of this subject. We will now continue to quote from these Radio Replies, Volume I. 498. Whence do you get the name Roman Catholic? The word Roman is derived from the fact that St. Peter established the headquarters...

Under Grace in a Lawless World (3)

“Do ye then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31 The regenerated child of God according to the new principle of life which he has received from God always desires to have the law established and never seeks to have it made void. It is the flesh and the world that has nothing but the flesh that seeks at every turn to get rid of God’s law. And in such a lawless world, we find ourselves today. Of course the whole human race has been lawless ever since man fell into sin...

Exposition of I Timothy 5:1-16 (a)

The general subject which Paul is elaborating upon to Timothy is that of how the affairs should be conducted in the house of God, in the midst of the saints. The one word under which it can all be summed up is: godliness! Such godliness is rooted in the Mystery of godliness that is great. God is manifested in the flesh, is seen of angels, preached in the world, and taken up in glory. Godliness is, therefore, not to be equated with a mere walk of morality, the mere knowledge of right and wrong, external orderly deportment; it is a...

Rebellion and Punishment

“And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have hearkened to my voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it.” Numbers 14:20-23 It was a troubled spirit that moved through the camp of...

Chapter III, Saving Faith (continued); Chapter IV, Of Justification

SAVING FAITH Usually a distinction is made between true, saving faith and other kinds of so-called faith, such as historical faith, temporary faith, and miraculous faith. Historical faith is a mere, objective assent to the truth of some part of the revelation of God in Scripture. It is an operation of the natural mind. It is not rooted in the love of God and in regeneration. And, of course, it is also without personal application. It stands to reason that historical faith is no confidence in the God of our salvation. Just as one may believe that Paul or Apollos...

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