All Articles For Vol 39 Issue 07 1/1/1963

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Rev. H. Hanko, of Hope Church has received a call from our church at Doon. The Adams St. School All-Purpose Room was the scene of intense activity for several evenings in December. The clothing drive for the Christians in Jamaica, as reported last month, met with an overwhelming response! All of the churches in Classis East and the two western churches in Illinois participated in this “ministering unto the saints.” The Deacons of First Church, according to the Mission Committee’s directive, worked several evenings folding and packing the gifts, which were of very good quality. Used summer clothing had been...

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UNION WITH ROME A series of meetings, not at all unusual these days, was recently held in London, England, between Roman Catholics and Protestants. At the last meeting the speaker was Father Gordon Albion, a Roman Catholic historian. Among other things, this Father is quoted as saying, If Martin Luther returned today he would find to his astonishment a Roman Church which he would never have attacked in her present aspect. Above all he would see that not one of the abuses which were the actual cause of his break with Rome remain in existence. Is this true? It certainly...

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It is quite impossible to compose a complete list of concrete sins that require the application of Christian discipline by the church. We have already discussed the matter of membership in worldly organizations and we intend to mention a few other things yet before leaving this subject. In this connection The Church Order Commentary by Monsma and Van Dellen mention the evil of worldliness as expressed in the sphere of amusements. The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in 1928 passed a series of resolutions regarding worldliness, which also concern the matter of discipline. The Synod had dealt with this problem already...

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The Trinity in the Confessions It is probably better for the sake of background and comparison, that we call attention to the ecumenical confessions concerning the Trinity at this stage of our discussion. These are actually mentioned in another connection in Article IX. But it is well to mention them here, in order that we may see our own Netherland Confession in its relation to these creeds. Incidentally, it would be beneficial that not only our Apostles’ Creed, but also the. Nicene Creed and the so-called Athanasian Creed be printed in any future edition of our liturgy. These confessions belong...

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The Roman Catholic view of the sacrament of Baptism is set forth in the canons and decrees of the Council of Trent, adopted in the seventh session of this council, as follows: Canon I.—”If any one saith, that the baptism of John had the same force as the baptism of Christ: let him be anathema.” Canon II.—”If any one saith, that true and natural water is not of necessity for baptism, and, on that account, wrests, to some sort of metaphor, those words of our Lord Jesus Christ: Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost: let...

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Let us be sure that it is a righteous wrath. It is not difficult to be filled with wrath. But unless it is a righteous wrath, it is to be condemned in no uncertain terms. Jesus says in Matthew 5:22, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” Of course, one is never angry without a cause. The idea is that one is angry without a good cause, without a righteous cause. Let us be sure, then, that we are right in our anger. Let us first of all...

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The Bible presents the coming of Christ into this world as the Son of God, and His reception from men as it truly is. In the first place, we may say that His coming into the world was the fulfillment of the gospel promise, which was first of all revealed by God in paradise, afterwards proclaimed through patriarchs and prophets, portrayed through sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law, and finally fulfilled in His well-beloved Son. Matthew presents this “becoming” of Christ in this world as the salvation which is out of the Jews, from Abraham to David, from David...

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Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,  Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.  Joshua 1:1, 2 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she received the spies in peace.  Hebrews 11:31 For thirty days a heavy shadow of sorrow hung over the camp of Israel encamped upon...

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This means, of course, that the Christian, the child of God, must be constantly converted during his whole life. Conversion may be defined as the work of God whereby the regenerated sinner, through the Spirit and Word, is efficaciously turned about from the way of sin to the way of righteousness, or from the service of the devil to the service of God. The fruit of conversion is, of course, that he hates sin and eschews it and flees from it, and that too with his whole heart. It is true that in our confessions no clear distinction is made...

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Arminius and Arminianism In my last editorial I was discussing the “sentiments” of Arminius concerning predestination and related doctrines as he explained them before the magistrates who, at that time, had final authority, not only over the State, but also over the Church. He presented before them four propositions which I quoted verbatim. And under them Arminius presented some twenty explanatory articles in which he defended the four above named propositions. I wrote that I was going to explain and criticize especially the sixth of these explanatory articles. Before I do this, however, the reader must understand clearly that Arminius,...

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