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Rev. C. Hanko, of Redlands, Calif., received the call from our church in Holland, Mich. Rev. D. Engelsma, of Loveland, Colo., declined the call from Hull, Iowa. The consistory has announced a new trio consisting of the Revs. C. Hanko, G. Lubbers and M. Schipper. * * *
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, Vol. II (Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries), translated, by John W. Fraser; Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.; 329 pp., $6.00.
The premillennial view is the doctrine of the visible and personal reign of Christ on the earth for one thousand years after the Antichrist, the False Prophet and apostate Christendom have been judged and condemned to the lake of fire. This view, in sharp contrast to Postmillennialism, teaches that Christ will not come into a perfect, converted world, but to one of mixed good and evil, with evil, largely, predominating.
The Scriptural Basis (continued) A glaring example of this perverse method of handling the Scriptures is Barth’s interpretation of Romans 9. Barth does not come out with the blunt declaration that Paul is wrong in Romans 9, as many of his liberal colleagues do.
Miracles Hodge, we noted in our preceding article, defines the miracle as an event, in the external world, brought about by the immediate efficiency, or simple volition of God. This is a rather common definition of the miracles of Scripture. We also called attention to the objections lodged against this definition. And Hodge answers these objections rather decisively, as follows:
In the last issue we were noting what Dr. Harold John Ockenga, pastor of the Park Street Congregational Church in Boston, presented as the “Basic Theology off. Evangelism.” He insisted that proper evangelism must proceed out of the truth of the Trinity. We quoted some of his remarks concerning the position of the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, regarding evangelism. His idea of predestination by the Father from all eternity was nothing else but Arminian. The same arminianism becomes apparent in his discussion of the work of the Son and the Spirit in evangelism.
And Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David… And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually. I Samuel 18:28-29
CHRIST’S RELATIONSHIP TO GOD AND TO ALL THINGS PROVEN FROM THE PSALMS (continued)Hebrews 1:5
We are discussing the relationship between the preaching of the gospel as the sole instrument of mission work and the coming of the Lord. It is our intention to demonstrate how the fact that this present dispensation is the age of the Lord’s return determines the character and principles of missions. We have already shown how that, inasmuch as this dispensation is the age of Christ’s coming, this dispensation is the age of the signs of Christ’s coming.
Consistency, Thou Art A Jewel! Although the statement that forms the caption of this editorial may not always be true (as, for example, when consistency involves being consistently wrong), it will nevertheless serve to express something of the intent of this editorial. For inconsistency one would not characterize as a jewel, — especially not inconsistency in ecclesiastical and doctrinal matters. And recent utterances in the official papers of the Christian Reformed Church betray an inconsistency which is far from commendable.