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All Articles For Vol 43 Issue 12 3/15/1967

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REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST  Sessions held January 4 and February 8, 1967  At Hope Church, Grand Rapids  Rev. G. C. Lubbers led in the opening devotions, and after the credentials were accepted, declared the classis properly constituted. All the churches were represented by two delegates each.  Rev. M. Schipper, following the order of rotation, then presided, while the Rev. Lubbers recorded the minutes. 

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From the Junior Mr. and Mrs. Society of First Church, Grand Rapids, through its secretary, Mrs. Wm. J. Oomkes, I received the following interesting question:  Dear Editor:  At our last society meeting we had many different views on the following question: “What is the difference in saying, ‘Christ is coming,” or, ‘Christ shall come?’ ”  We as a society made the decision to send this question to the Question Box in the Standard Bearer. 

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Much is being heard, also in Reformed circles, of the World Council of Churches (W.C.C.). In our country, the Reformed Church in America is a member. The Christian Reformed Church is not — but there is considerable agitation within it to change this situation. The argument is often heard that a scriptural, confessional, Calvinistic church can influence such an organization far more from within than from without. This attitude appears to me to be very similar to that of the proverbial fly who enters into the “parlor” of the spider. 

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The Bible of modern Dispensationalism, of which C. I. Scofield was editor-in-chief, states in a footnote on Eph. 3:6 that “The mystery ‘hid in God’ was the divine purpose to make Jew and Gentile a wholly new thing, ‘the church, which is his (Christ’s) body’ . ..The revelation of this mystery, which was foretold but not explained by Christ (Mt. 16:18), was committed to Paul.

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We concluded our preceding article by calling to a definition of miracles which defines them as supernatural works of God. And we concluded that this distinction does not hold. One who believes in the providence of God does not distinguish between natural and supernatural works of the Lord. The Word of God calls even the most common events the works of God, as in Ps. 107:23-32 and throughout the Scriptures. 

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