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In its decision, quoted in full in a previous editorial, the Christian Reformed Synod not only decided that Professor Dekker expressed himself ambiguously about the love of God and the atonement, but also that he expressed himself in an abstract way. Moreover, the implication of Synod’s decision to “admonish Professor Dekker” for this is, of course, that it is wrong to express one’s self in an abstract way. For certainly one is admonished for expressing himself well, but only for expressing himself wrongly.
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:12, 13