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March 1, 1965 Holland’s congregation experienced an evening of unbounded joy Feb. 18. The occasion was the dedication of their new church. The dedicationprogram, also attended by many of our people from the area, was one of deep gratitude to their faithful Covenant God. From the opening devotions, led by Elder S. DeVries, to the closing doxology, it was a development of the theme expressed in the opening song, “My grief is turned to gladness, to thee my thanks I raise.”
“The Letters of Paul (An Expanded Paraphrase)” F.F. Bruce, 323 pp., Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. Price, $4.95.
One of the principal goals of the W.C.C. is the attempt to establish one world church organization. It indeed professes that it is not the “Church,” but a council of churches which does not “legislate for the churches.” Nevertheless, the aim of one of its “Commissions” is: “to proclaim the essential oneness of the Church of Christ and to keep prominently before the World Council and the churches the obligation to manifest that unity and its urgency for world mission and evangelism.” (Constitution of W.C.C.).
Togetherness in the Churches To be against ecumenicism in our day is to run the risk of being branded as narrow and sectarian. Yet it is a risk anyone interested in the truth and in God’s church ought to be willing to run. Indeed, it is all but a compliment in this day to be pronounced sectarian, for it is an indication of a healthy protest against a lot of ecumenical rot. There are various news items that have attracted wide-spread attention which breathe this foul ecumenical spirit. We call attention to several here.
Scripture on God’s Government and Sin (continued)
In concluding our discussion of the Form for the Administration of Holy Baptism, there are yet a few matters of practical interest concerning which we must still make a few comments. These matters deal with the actual ceremony of baptism, which in our churches is strikingly devoid of pomp and is characteristically simple.
Many men in the church who would be known as sound, historic, orthodox Protestants, who therefore would avoid any such designations as “Modernist” or “liberal”, but nevertheless detest the label “Fundamentalist,” and regard the term “conservative” as too openly implying the compromisers they are, call themselves neo-evangelicals. They prefer mightily not to be recognized as Fundamentalist, as separatist, as holding the strict practice of coming out from Babylon and being separate from Belial.