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All Articles For Vol 43 Issue 04 11/15/1966

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Rev. G. Lanting, of Holland,, Mich., is considering a call which came to him from our church at Edgerton, Minn.  The consistory bf Hull, Iowa named the trio, Revs. D. Engelsma, G. Lanting and M. Schipper, from which the congregation chose Rev. Engelsma to be called.  * * *  NOTICE: Classis East has appointed Rev. G. Van Baren as secretary of the Classical Committee, and all material for this committee must be sent to his address.  * * * 

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It is not very often that the Form for Readmitting Excommunicated Persons is used by the church. This stems, first of all, from the fact that the Form of Excommunication is not used very often. Usually those members of the church who are worthy of excommunication do not allow themselves to be publicly excommunicated with the form. They rather resign their membership after they have been placed under the first or second step of ecclesiastical censure.

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And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands and what can he have more but the kingdom?  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 

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God’s Providence and Sin We concluded our preceding article with the remark that man, although never sovereignly free, is morally free. Indeed, he does not possess the true freedom of the service of Jehovah. Only Adam, in the state of perfection, was able to choose the good and the evil. The natural man is unable to choose the good, can choose only the evil. The regenerated child of God, in heavenly perfection and immortality, cannot choose the evil, will never again be able to choose the evil. Man, however, although never sovereignly free, is morally free.

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Christianity has a very strong view of personal assurance of salvation. This is so because the Christian believes that the objective word of his sovereign Lord determines being, reality and destiny. He said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish.” The Christian believes that Christ spoke these words, and believing them he has that eternal life through His name. He knows that Christ’s word was written and recorded in order that he might know that he has eternal life.

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PIKE ON TRIAL  October 23-28 was the date set for the meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church. The bishops meeting here will have a matter on their agenda which seldom appears any more on the agendas of ecclesiastical assemblies: the trial of a clergyman for heresy. The clergyman under attack in this case is Bishop James A. Pike. This is not the first time that he has been charged with heresy, nor is this the first time that controversy has swirled around him.

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