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If our denomination should ever adopt the custom of the Christian Science churches who usually read a designated sermon in all their churches on the same Sunday, we would favor one preached in First Church March 10 to be read in our churches for a “preparatory sermon” before one of the quarterly celebrations of The Lord’s Supper.
REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST January 3, 4,—February 7-12, 1968 At Southeast Church Rev. H. Veldman, who presided over the October Classis, led in the opening devotions. All the churches of Classis East were represented by a full delegation. After the Classis was declared properly constituted, the Rev. J.A. Heys presided, while the Rev. H. Veldman recorded the minutes. Later Rev. Veldman was excused, and the Rev. R.C. Harbach took his place. The routine reports of the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were read and filed.
HET LAATSTE WOORD (The Last Word), Prof. Dr. J.L. Koole; J.H. Kok, Uitgeversmij, Kampen, The Netherlands; 19 pages; price, f 2, 75 This is No. 5 in a series of booklets issued by the Theological School of Kampen under the general heading Kamper Cahiers (Kampen Exercise books). I have not received the first three of these, which have been rather severely criticized, as not Reformed.
In our preceding article we quoted from Philip Schaff in connection with the fall of Adam and its consequences. Pelagius, it was noted, destitute of all idea of the organic wholeness of the race or of human nature, viewed Adam merely as an isolated individual; he gave him no representative place, and therefore his acts no bearing beyond himself. In this article we continue with Philip Schaff, as he now sets forth the Pelagian system with respect to the doctrine of human ability and divine grace. Writing on Pelagius’ doctrine of human ability, Vol. III, 808 ff., he writes as...
“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 96:9
By the words of the above title, reference is not had to “the faith of Christ” mentioned in such passages asGal. 2:16 (twice), Gal. 2:20, 3:22 and Phil. 3:9.
“Silence is Golden.” Someone said that, and. as far as human wisdom goes; it is a commendable statement. Silence certainly is golden when compared with the sounds that an unsanctified tongue is able to produce.
I had first thought to leave it to the alertness of the reader to detect in what respect the text quoted in the preceding editorial was only partially quoted. But then I thought better of this, because the omission of part of that text really goes to the heart of the issue, namely, universalism. It is, after all, universalism which forms one of the key principles of the adherents of the social gospel.
It stands to reason that as the church becomes “involved” in the affairs of the community and of society in general, it creates a certain public image of itself. That image is either the image of the church as the true church of Christ, or it is the image of the modernistic church and its social gospel. One might gain some idea of the image which the Christian Reformed Church is creating of itself from an in-depth article about the Eastern Avenue Community Center which appeared in the Grand Rapids Press on March 9, 1968.