The following review of “Reformed Dogmatics” is reprinted by permission from The Banner of June 28, 1968. REFORMED DOGMATICS by Herman Hoeksema. Reformed Free Publishing Association, Grand Rapids, Mich. 917 pages. Price, $14.95. This is indeed the “major work” produced by the author in “his many-sided and busy ministry of almost fifty years,” and it is an excellent contribution to the “Reformed exposition of the faith once delivered to the saints.”
GOD CONFIRMS THE PROMISE BY OATH TO ABRAHAM (cont.)— Hebrews 6:13-15 To understand the import of the strong consolation which God afforded Abraham when he confirmed the promise by oath it is necessary to clearly understand just what this “promise” is of which the writer here speaks. We read that “thus being longsuffering he (Abraham) obtained the promise.”
In our preceding article we began calling attention to the doctrine of Semi-Pelagianism. How true it is that the union of the Pelagian and Augustinian elements never really satisfies either the one interest or the other! Compromises never satisfy. And, as we noted in our preceding article, the view known as Semi-Pelagianism is really more dangerous than outright Pelagianism. Any attempt which takes off the sharp edges constitutes a sinister attack upon the fundamentals of the Word of God.
Missions is the official task of the Church to preach the gospel to all nations in obedience to the injunction of Christ given immediately before His ascension into heaven: “standing on the mount Jesus said to His disciples and thus to His Church: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the world.
The Reformed Ecumenical Synod, meeting at Lunteren, the Netherlands, has finished its sessions. Because our Churches have been interested in the affairs of the R.E.S., we give here a summary of some of the more important decisions. Synod adopted a statement on race relations—a subject which has been a difficult one for the R.E.S. especially because of the membership of the South African denominations. The complete statement reads: