All Articles For Vol 39 Issue 12 3/15/1963

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New trios announced: Hope, Revs. C. Hanko, J.A. Heys; H. Veldman; Lynden, Revs. J. Kortering, G. Lanting, H. Veldman. The program given by the Hope Heralds in Oak Lawn’s Church proved to be a satisfying evening of praise. The offering which was given to the Protestant Reformed Christian School in Loveland amounted to $102.80. March 8 was the date set by the Ladies’ Auxiliary for the Home Talent Program in South Holland Church. The offering, understandably, was for their school. Advance notice. Eastern Ladies’ League, March 28. Speaker, Seminarian Dave Engelsma; topic, “To What Extent Should Parents Try To Induce Their Children...

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MINISTER SHORTAGE The shortage of ministers is a problem throughout the country. While, in the last two years seminary enrollment has climbed slightly, over the last five years there has been a decrease. Most denominations speak of critical shortages and are waging intensive recruitment programs. To add to these woes, many ministers are resigning from the ministry. A recent article in the Saturday Evening Post entitled “Why I Quit The Ministry” stirred considerable comment and was even the “text” for a sermon or two here or there. The Roman Catholic Church is also faced with a shortage of priests. To help solve this problem,...

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“The reconciliation of all such sins as are of their nature of a public character, or have become public because the admonition of the church was despised, shall take place (upon sufficient evidence of repentance) in such a manner as the consistory shall deem conducive to the edification of each church. Whether in particular cases this shall take place in public, shall, when there is a difference of opinion about it in the consistory, be considered with the advice of two neighboring churches or of the classis.” —Article 75, D.K.O. When sin has been committed within the church and that...

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Proof from the Old Testament (continued) This Angel of Jehovah makes his appearance at various crucial times in the history of God’s people of the old dispensation. He appears again in connection with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the salvation of Lot. Thus Abraham recognizes Him, first of all, when the three heavenly visitors come to him in the plains of Mamre. For when “the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom, . . . Abraham stood yet before the Lord,” and to the Lord he made intercession that the righteous should not be destroyed with...

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We concluded our preceding article by quoting what our Heidelberg Catechism has to say about the sacrament of baptism in Lord’s Days 26 and 27. In these Lord’s Days emphasis is laid upon the fact that our sins are washed away only through the blood and Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Heidelberg Catechism emphatically denies that the outward washing of water itself is the washing away of our sins. This, we understand, is the teaching of Rome, and it is emphatically denied by the Reformed conception of the sacrament. It is maintained in these Lord’s Days that only...

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There is a song our children are taught to sing and the first stanza thereof is as follows: This is my Father’s world, And to my list’ning ear All nature sings, and round me rings The music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world, I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas, His hands the wonders wrought. Indeed this is God’s world. It makes no difference what man may do with it. It makes no difference how greedily he may press it into the service of his own flesh. This world is God’s...

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It is a horrible thing to fall into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which causes “some” to fall into destruction and eternal perdition. And it is thrice horrible when this is done in the name of “godliness,” as did those who preached godliness as a means of earthly gain, honor, power and temporal, ethereal glory; vainly such imagined that they were advocates of the true and everlasting kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Only those who have godliness combined with spiritual contentment can possibly keep their eye of hope fixed unalterably upon the hope of eternal salvation. And such Timothy...

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And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: Joshua 8:1 Israel had beheld the greatness of the power of their God in the destruction of the great city of Jericho, and they followed it immediately by falling into two grievous errors. The one and most serious was their failure to guard against theft the plunder which was found in Jericho and which...

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And therefore the opponents of the doctrine of preservation and perseverance argue that if it is established beforehand that the believer can never fall away finally, can never fall from grace completely, these admonitions of Scripture loss all their seriousness. If it is established beforehand that once saved is saved forever, why should we still fight the battle in order to be saved? And therefore, it appears as if the doctrine of the preservation and perseverance of the saints must needs make men careless and profane. And a doctrine that is based on such an ungodly conception certainly cannot have...

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Prof. Dekker also refers to some texts of Scripture to prove that, 1. “Consistent interpretation of similar passages results in absurdity.” 2. “Scriptural evidence used by Berkhof is further brought into question by the fact that Scripture also speaks of the death of Christ as being “unlimited and for all men.” As to the former, Dekker refers to Isaiah 58:8. This text reads as follows: “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.” According to Dekker this...

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