Rev. G. Vanden, Berg declined the call he had received from Hull, Iowa, and Rev. C. Hanko also declined the call he was considering from South Holland, Ill.. Hull has subsequently named a trio consisting of the Revs. C. Hanko and G. Lubbers and Candidate D. Kuiper, and extended the call to Rev. Hanko. Candidate Kuiper has received calls from both Isabel and Forbes, our Dakota churches, and is also considering one that has come to him from Randolph, Wis. * * *
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And Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master. Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?… And it came to pass about ten days after, the Lord smote Nabal, that he died.
CONDITIONAL REPROBATION It is often lamented that in the Christian Reformed Church the doctrine of eternal and unconditional reprobation is no more taught. While this is clearly the truth of Scripture and, indeed, the specific and undeniable teaching of Calvin, it is almost totally ignored today even in churches which claim to stand in the tradition of the Reformer of Geneva. An instance of this denial recently appeared in The Banner. In his column “The Question Box”, Rev. Bratt has the following. We quote the article in full.
In our last article we emphasized that the deacon’s office, apart from the question whether or not Acts 6records its historical origin, is divinely instituted and has the sanction of the Word of God. Christ will have deacons in His church as well as elders and ministers of the Word. The church that has no diaconate, or where the diaconate fails to function according to the mandate and calling of God’s Word, suffers a very serious lack of something that is essential to her existence.
At this writing we are on the largest of those islands in the Caribbean Sea which formerly were called the British West Indies. And although we are only 90 miles from the southern border of Cuba and some 400 miles from Miami and the southern coast of Florida, we are in an entirely different country with an entirely different way of life.
Also in brother Van Baren’s contribution reference is made to the movie question and to recent editorial comment on it. The brother raises some questions which are worth considering and, I believe, in need of clarification. After reflecting on his contribution and after consulting my recent editorials on this subject, I make the following comments:
Since I am doing a bit of catching up in the editorial department, I take this opportunity to reflect on some remarks on the above subject made by brother Frank Van Baren in his letter in the July issue (cf. p. 420). I make these remarks in the hope of stimulating further discussion.
In the July 1 issue of our Standard Bearer p. 421, the Rev. Harbach suggests that I could perhaps give an evaluation of the theology of Lewis Sperry Chafer with respect to the question whether or not it is Calvinistic. As he surmises, we do indeed have Chafer’s “Systematic Theology” in our seminary library; and therefore I am able to give an answer to this question.