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(Note: At the request of the Officebearers’ Conference of Classis East, I have prepared for publication an address delivered at their October meeting on the above subject. It will appear serially in the Standard Bearer. H.C.H.)
The evening of Monday, October 2, was a festive occasion for Doon’s Church. The whole congregation came out to a surprise celebration of the second anniversary of their pastor’s ministration to their needs. Rev. Decker and family were treated in a true Christian manner with the emphasis on God’s faithfulness in caring for His flock in Doon. Their thankfulness to God was revealed in the program of praise-worship, and their esteem and gratitude for their pastor was manifested by the presentation of a purse as a token of their love and appreciation.
Report of the Meeting of Classis West held in Loveland, Colorado, on Sept. 20, 21, 1967.
This is the new Protestant Reformed school located in Doon, Iowa. This picture appeared in the Doon Press with the accompanying write-up:
The living church of Jesus Christ is constantly involved in missions. This is true not simply because the church’s future depends upon it, but rather because our Lord commands this. A pragmatic approach toward missions will lead us inevitably into compromise, a forsaking of the right and true in order to get better results. Mission work is Christ’s work which He commands His church to perform in His name, and therefore it is the calling of the church to be faithful in this work no matter what the outcome may be.
Our readers will be interested in reading of some of the reactions to the decision of the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in the “Dekker Case.” These decisions of the Synod are particularly interesting because: 1) The conservatives were very forceful for a time in expressing their view that Dekker’s position must be condemned if the church was to remain Reformed. 2) The Synod did not condemn Dekker at all although it administered a very mild rebuke.
The reader is acquainted with the fact that the Reformed Church of America and the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (commonly known as the Southern Presbyterian Church) have been working towards eventual merger. This past summer, at their broadest gatherings, further action was taken in that direction. Through the courtesy of the office of the stated clerk of the P.C.U.S., I received a copy of the minutes of the General Assembly of the P.C.U.S. From this I would like to quote such parts as show the development which is taking place, and what can be expected in the future.
As to the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, He has all power and wisdom. As to His humanity, He is limited and finite. As the second person of the trinity, He said, “I and the Father are one,” (John 10:30) As the Mediator, He said, “My Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28) He said this in His humanity, in His humiliation, when He had made himself of no reputation.