All Articles For Vol 45 Issue 12 3/15/1969

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In a special congregational meeting of Feb. 24 First Church of Grand Rapids chose to call Rev. J.A. Heys, of Holland, Mich., to be Missionary to Jamaica.  This is a First for our denomination—a foreign missionary elect! Should Rev. Heys be constrained to accept this call, it will cripple our home front with another vacant church; but this contingency, too, was taken into account by our Synod which appointed a calling church to carry out their decision to place a man in the Jamaican field.

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Dear Editor, In Professor H. Hanko’s reply to me, he maintains that Article 31 supports his position that disobedience to apostatizing leaders or to ecclesiastical decisions in conflict with the Word, are rebellion. To this I reply as follows. Article 31 is a scriptural principle that applies to all ages. It was reasserted to oppose the hierarchical position which placed the word of men above the Scriptures. Van Dellen and Monsma (pages 145 & 146) write, “The Reformation recognized no authority above or beside the Bible . . . . If a conclusion proves to be contrary to the Bible,...

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And it came to pass after this that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.  And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, . . . .  Oh that I were made judge in the land, . . . I would do him justice! 

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There are some things that we get for nothing.  In fact we get some of the most important things of life for nothing.  We get the rain and the sunshine, without which we could not live, entirely free of charge. No man yet paid God for a drop of rain or a beam of sunlight. We may pay our water bill to the city and our electric light bill to the utility company. But no man ever paid God for either of these. 

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In this discussion of what has been. nicknamed “parochiaid” I have intentionally phrased the subject as you find it above, “Our Schools and Government Subsidy.” By “our schools” I mean our parentally established and operated covenantal schools; and I have in mind especially our school societies, upon whom rests the privilege and responsibility of operating the schools, and with whom rests the obligation to take a responsible decision about any eventual government support, a decision based upon Scriptural and Reformed principles.

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The timid voice of supposed conservatism in the Christian Reformed Church, Torch and Trumpet, rather regularly carries a department called “Believe It or Not.” And sometimes “Believe It or Not—by Edwin Palmer” is indeed harder to believe than “Believe It or Not—by Ripley.” An example is the contribution of this department in the February, 1969 issue of said magazine, entitled “The Bible Is Nonsense.” 

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“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now, there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.”  John 19:28, 29 “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” 

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