The Reformers did, as Barth contends, maintain that Scripture cannot be believed or understood without the activity of the Holy Spirit. In his The Bondage of the Will, Luther hammers on this point with vehemence: “nobody who has not the Spirit of God sees a jot of what is in the Scriptures” (p. 73. These quotations are taken from the translation of Packer and Johnston—D.E.). “The Spirit is needed for the understanding of all Scripture and every part of Scripture” (p. 74). Calvin is in full agreement:
Isaiah saw God upon His throne and seraphim before that throne. With one pair of wings they covered their faces. With another pair they covered their feet. And with one pair they flew through the heavens. But what interests us more particularly at the moment is that they cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:1-3.
Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. I Samuel 15:10, 11
The International Council of Christian Churches (I.C.C.C) has met a total of six times in its “Plenary Congresses.” One of the aims of these congresses is to express together what the member churches believe need emphasis at that particular time. These resolutions show rather definitely what the I.C.C.C. and its members believe. Therefore, in this concluding article on the organization, I would like to make brief quotes from those, resolutions adopted by the last Congress held in Geneva on August 5-11, 1965. The quotations which follow have been taken from theLutheran News, Vol.
The long awaited report of the Study Committee appointed two years ago with respect to the doctrinal position of Prof. Harold Dekker appears in the Synodical Agenda of the Christian Reformed Church for 1966. This report is some seventy pages long; and it is, of course, impossible to present a detailed summary and critique in this issue of our Standard Bearer.
The second category of issues which the Reformed Journal (March, 1966) predicts will have to be faced in the Reformed community in the future is entitled “The Teaching.” In this category Dr. Henry Stob calls attention to four issues, all of which are indeed very important. The first of these issues is concerned with theology proper, i.e., the doctrine of God’s Being and Nature. Dr. Stob describes this issue as follows: