January 8, 1969 At Southeast Church Rev. G.C. Lubbers led in the opening devotions. All the churches of Classis East were represented by two delegates each. Rev. G. Van Baren, following the order of rotation, presided over this session, while the Rev. Lubbers recorded the minutes. The brethren J. Boone and R. Teitsma were appointed to the finance committee, and brother J. King was appointed to thank the ladies of Southeast for their excellent catering.
THE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND SCIENCE, by Richard Bube; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1968; 318 pp., $5.95. The purpose of this book is described in the Foreword and is at the same time an early indication of what the contents of the book will be:
The Committee which is responsible for the administration of the Protestant Reformed Scholarship Fund is making plans for the fourth consecutive year to award scholarships to young people who have determined to enter the ministry of the Gospel or to study for the teaching profession.
Covenant youth, who are sensitive to the American scene, realize a need for expressing dissent. Not many are content to sit in smug complacency and say that America has no public sin. Our northern cities reek with the stench of discrimination against the poor and colored; they don’t have to cast a holier-than-thou glance southward. To insulate fiscal security, suburban America erects a wall of paternalistic benevolence in an attempt to contain a seething, rotten ghetto. If any poor or colored try to climb this wall, they are forthwith denominated as aggressors, troublemakers.
Continuing our discussion of the history of doctrine as it involved Gottschalk, we wish to make a few comments upon our preceding article. It is very difficult for us to believe that Gottschalk maintained the doctrine of a conditional predestination, as far as the doctrine of reprobation is concerned. Schaff quotes from Gottschalk, which might conceivably lead one to believe that Gottschalk taught a reprobation upon foreseen sin and unbelief. However, in the first place, the teaching of God’s sovereignty and a double predestination go hand in hand.
JESUS—SURETY OF A BETTER COVENANT(Hebrews 7:20-22) (cont.) That “Jesus” is the surety of a better covenant is a historical fact. It is an accomplished fact in Christ’s death, resurrection and in his glorious ascension. We see “Jesus” crowned with glory and honor. He is thus crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, in order that he might, by the grace of God, taste death for all.
In tyrant-controlled countries the true church has become an underground church. The “token” church in these lands is little more than a facade church for the purpose of impressing tourists. The true church is there, but either in prison, concentration camp, Siberian exile or underground. However, this is not the movement we now have in mind. We rather refer to one which has ministered for nine years to the underground church. It calls itself “Underground Evangelism,” and maintains a magazine publication of that name.
Now it is at this juncture that Kuyper discovers his baptismal grace. That grace does not indeed consist in this, that by it one is initially ingrafted into the body of Christ. Even Kuyper realizes that all this is bestowed in regeneration. No, but now our personal faith must also function thus that presently it can with full consciousness live in the fellowship of that body of Christ and can seek and desire that fellowship.
A RESOLUTION ON CREATION AND EVOLUTION In the Presbytery of Southern California of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church the question arose what should be expected of ordained officebearers of the Church with respect to the doctrine of creation. In answer to this question the Presbytery adopted the following resolution (quoted from the Presbyterian Guardian):