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Candidate Robert Decker is considering two calls: one from Lynden, Wash., and the other from Doon, Iowa. Rev. G. VanBaren, of Randolph, Wis., accepted the call he had from First Church in Grand Rapids.
We have been viewing the progress of the study committee, called the “Joint Committee of 24,” as it has been working in the past years towards a goal of eventual merger of the Reformed Church in America and the Presbyterian Church U.S. (Southern). Last time I called attention to their reports to their respective highest assemblies in 1963 and in 1964. This time I would present the report of this same committee to the General Synod and the General Assembly this past spring.
We are discussing the five points of Calvinism in connection with missions. The question comes down to this: Can mission work be carried out on the basis of the five points of Calvinism’? In that connection we are compelled to ask: Can a missionary preach sovereign predestination, total depravity, limited atonement, efficacious grace, and the preservation of saints? This really amounts to placing ourselves before the question: Can a Calvinist preach his convictions on the mission field? And that is the same as asking: Is Calvinism the truth of Scripture, or isn’t it?
We wrote the last time that everyone is duty bound to consider by himself the matter of his sin in connection with the preparatory self-examination that is to precede the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. We stressed the personal or individualistic character of this self -examination. In the experiential sense of the word each one of us must be brought to self-knowledge of sin in order that we may consciously realize the real need of the Saviour and Mediator whose death we celebrate in the sacrament.
Calling attention to the history of the doctrine of creation, we are quoting from the Fathers of the early history of the Church of God as in the New Dispensation, during the First Period, 80 to 250 A.D. In our preceding article we quoted from Irenaeus. We now call attention to the writings of Theophilus. THEOPHILUS
God’s Providential Rule Over Men And The History Of The World (Acts 17:26-28) But our God is in the heavens. He rules all things by His counsel and providence. All things are by his will. He is above all “gods!” He, and He alone, is Lord of heaven and earth.
And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken. I Sam. 4:21
That’s right! You heard correctly! The Mission Board of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America is sponsoring a rally in the Civic Auditorium of Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday, October 27, 1965, at 8 P.M., the Lord willing!
Needless to say, the Standard Bearer is always interested in new readers. No, I am not speaking now of subscribers, which we also like to obtain: for new subscriptions always help to ease the financial problems of the RFPA. But I am interested specifically in readers, and still more specifically: new readers.