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Rev. J.A. Heys, of South Holland, is presently considering a call from Redlands, Calif., and from Southwest Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Loveland Welcomes New Pastor It is with joy that we herewith express our gratitude to our covenant God in the blessed truth that He is ever the faithful one. In November of 1961 it pleased our God to suddenly call out of our midst our beloved pastor, the Rev. H.H. Kuiper; and leave us without an undershepherd. It was during the next well-nigh two years that we were to be left without a pastor of our own, and as a congregation we went through a period of calling a new minister.
DRUGGED RELIGION There is a new drug being used experimentally which is supposed to give most wonderful and awesome experiences. A former professor of psychology in Harvard University has been giving these drugs to volunteers. About 1,000 people were used in at least 150 experiments. Men from all walks of life, including college deans, a divinity school president, three university chaplains, an executive of a religious foundation, a prominent religious editor, several philosophers, have been used.
“These articles, relating to the lawful order of the church, have been so drafted and adopted by common consent, that they (if the profit of the churches demand otherwise) may and ought to be altered, augmented or diminished. However, no particular congregation, classis (or synod), shall be at liberty to do so, but they shall show all diligence in observing them, until it be otherwise ordained by the general synod.” —Article 86 D.K.O.
Creation and Faith (continued) We may ask and answer the question: why is it necessary for a Christian to believe the doctrine of creation? This question has sometimes been put, and it has been asked whether it is not possible to believe in Christ as our Savior and not necessarily to accept the doctrine of creation. This is, indeed, both an interesting and an important question. The ramifications of this question are many, and the principles involved are important. In answering this question we may call attention to more than one factor.
The Saxon Visitation Articles were composed in A.D. 1592. These articles are historically important because they are a condensed and authoritative statement of the differences between orthodox Lutheranism and Calvinism concerning the doctrines of the sacraments, the person of Christ, and predestination. Article I of these articles is the article on the Lord’s Supper, and it sets forth the pure doctrine of the Lutheran Churches on this sacrament as follows:
That we live in the day of the lukewarm church is plain to see on every side.
In our former essay we considered that the Day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night as far as the wicked are concerned, but it shall not be thus for the righteous who are children of the day and not of the night! We also observed that Peter is not attempting to stir up the minds of the wicked, seeking a certain point of contact with their natural understanding, but that he expressly states that he is stirring up the sincere mind of the believers.
“Therefore on that day he called him (Gideon) Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.” Judges 6:33
The Word of God must be preached. Then, and then only—as the Word that is preached—it is a means of grace. This too is expressed in our confessions. In the Belgic Confession, where it instructs us in the marks of the true church, we read: “The marks, by which the true Church is known, are these: if the pure doctrine of the gospel is preached therein; if she maintains the pure administration of the sacraments as instituted by Christ; if church discipline is exercised in punishing of sin . .