Rev. C. Hanko, pastor of First Church for sixteen years, has accepted the call from Redlands, California. He has scheduled his farewell sermon for June 28, and the family’s departure for California June 29.
The covenant of grace, signified and sealed in holy baptism, is established, realized, maintained, and ultimately perfected by GOD alone. In His eternal counsel He foreknew and predestinated His covenant people unto the adoption of children according to the good pleasure of His sovereign and unchangeable will. In time He purchased them with the blood of His own Son Jesus Christ, which was shed on the cross of Calvary and is the perfect and effective atonement for sm.
A devastating earthquake shook several cities in Alaska on Good Friday. Its repercussions were felt all down the west coast of our country. And the evidence of that earthquake is still to be seen, in spite of man’s efforts to restore and to return to life as it was before the earthquake struck. But except to those who experienced it and lost their possessions or loved ones through that earthquake, it is a thing of the past, an almost forgotten event. But there will be a next one!
And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of an ass have I slain a thousand men. Judges 15:15, 16
ECUMENISM In the last article, I did not conclude the treatment of the fifth schema, Ecumenism. I quoted a summary of the fourth of five chapters: The Relations of the Catholics to the Jews. There is considerable opposition to this chapter, though there is evidently nothing in it which conflicts with other Romish doctrine. The opposition probably arises because the Romish churches in Arab lands fear reprisal if Rome takes any favorable stand regarding Jews. A brief commentary on this chapter is presented by Father Gregory Baum:
There appears a far more comprehensive report of the actions and decisions of the 1964 Synod elsewhere in this issue of the Standard Bearer. But since the synod devoted much time to our mission program and mission efforts I would like to devote a little space to these matters. Those who were interested in the affairs of the synod have already asked, ‘What was done about Houston?,” or, ‘What are the plans for Jamaica?, or, ‘What about calling another missionary for the field of home missions?” These questions I want to answer and discuss briefly.
The above-mentioned view proceeds from the idea that the promise is for all that are born under the covenant. All the children of believing parents that are baptized have the promise. In the promise God bequeaths all the blessings of the covenant upon all that are baptized. He gives all the children the right to these blessings of salvation. And therefore one may say to all the baptized children: “You are really in the covenant. You have the right to accept the promise.” However, this promise must necessarily, according to this view, be presented as conditional.