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Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, declined the call from Southwest. Rev. G. Lanting, of Holland, declined the call from Lynden. Rev. G. Lubbers, our Missionary, declined the call from Loveland. Loveland’s new trio consists of the Revs. Woudenberg and Lanting, and candidate D. Engelsma. Lynden’s new trio consists of Revs. Lubbers, Woudenberg and candidate Engelsma.
Rev. G. Lanting, in the absence of Rev. R.C. Harbach who was chairman of the April Classis, led in opening devotions and presided over this session of Classis. Rev. M. Schipper served as clerk. The chairman greeted the delegates, and especially welcomed the Rev. H. Veldman, who had so recently come to Classis East from Classis West. All the churches of Classis East were represented by two delegates except Kalamazoo which had only one.
QUOTES With the controversy concerning general atonement still swirling and not likely to be immediately settled—even in Reformed circles, it is worth our while to consider a few quotes from others of bygone years who wrote on this subject. These quotes are by no means intended to be a comprehensive survey of the views of others; they are merely a few interesting observations that came to my attention. The first quote is of C.H. Spurgeon, an English theologian, well known even today for his gifts as a preacher.
Censura Morum The ministers of the Word, elders and deacons, shall before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper exercise Christian censure among themselves, and in a friendly spirit admonish one another with regard to the discharge of their office.” —Article 81, D.K.O.
Proof for this Doctrine (continued) As we mentioned previously (see June 1 issue), our Confession does not offer very elaborate Scriptural proof for the truth confessed in this article. However, because the truth that Jesus Christ is God is a truth that runs through all of Scripture, it is not difficult at all to multiply passages which in one way or another teach this doctrine. To several such passages we called attention at the beginning of our discussion of Article X, in treating the importance of this doctrine. We add a few more proofs at this time.
Quoting from the Radio Replies by the Fathers Rumble and Carty, we concluded our preceding article with Question and Answer 779 of Volume II, whether in Communion the Trinity was received or only the Second Person. And the answer was that, in the Romish conception, the people receive not only the Second Person but also the Trinity. And now we continue with these replies. 780. What relation arises between the soul of the communicant and the First and Third Persons of the Trinity?
Christian education must never lose sight of Christ. The unbeliever loses sight of Christ even though every day he deals with Christ, and therefore is also without an excuse. But let that not be said of the training and instruction that is given to covenant youth.
A man who walks after his own lusts, refusing to walk in the holiness of the righteous, and who mocks with the hope of the latter, accounting him the most wretched of all men, must have some semblance of basic reasoning to justify his own conduct before his own conscience. But he deceives himself and, therefore, attempts to deceive others also!
And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of the land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?