An Office Bearer’s Conference, held in Hudsonville Church, featured Rev. Schipper speaking on, “The Encouragement of Students for the Ministry, according to Art. 19 of the Church Order”; Prof. Hanko spoke for the Mens’ League April 7 on, “The Intermediate State”; and Rev. Van Baren addressed the Eastern Ladies’ League April 10, speaking on, “The Restoration of Babel”, which the speaker said was taking form before our eyes, ushering in the time when our Lord will once more say, “. . .
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REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST April 2, 1969 At Hudsonville, Mich. Rev. G. VanBaren presided over the opening devotions, and after the Credentials were accepted pronounced the Classis properly constituted. All the churches were represented by two delegates each.
The above expression is one of those phrases that depend upon the context for its content. A way can be a path. It can be a direction. It can be a manner of conduct or behavior. Abraham’s eldest and most trusted servant used the phrase in a very spiritual and beautiful way. Eliezer said, after God had blessed him in his effort to obtain a wife for Isaac, “I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.” Genesis 24:27.
And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with edge of the sword. And the king’s servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. And the king went forth, and all of his household with him.
The Roman Catholic Council of Trent, which met for several years and began its sessions some thirty years after the beginning of the Reformation in 1517, was convened to combat and counteract the rising tide of the Reformation. This council set itself to maintain the doctrinal position and teachings of the Romish Church. It also expressed itself on the subject of sin. Concerning the task and difficulties of this council, Hodge writes as follows, Vol. II, 174 ff.:
The period of history from approximately the year one thousand to the time of the Reformation is characterized by various mission endeavors. There was the mission effort of the Roman Catholic Church to make converts among the barbarians that still existed on the mainland of Europe and the surrounding country. There was, secondly, the attempt to reach into the countries where the Mohammedans had gained control. And there was, thirdly, what may be referred to as the reformatory mission endeavors within the Roman Catholic Church as the Church became increasingly apostate.
Last time I called your attention to the fact that the Reformed Ecumenical Synod (RES) reaffirmed its previous stand that the member churches ought not to join the W.C.C. (World Council of Churches) in the present situation. This decision was based upon the advice of a study committee which, in the majority report, set forth its reasons for the advice. In reviewing this report, we have already noticed how this committee points out the nature and the basis of the W.C.C. both of which give reason for the advice: do not join the W.C.C.
Question From the South Holland, Illinois Ladies’ Society, through their secretary, Mrs. Connie Busker, I received the following: “In our Ladies’ Society we recently discussed the question, ‘Is there any scriptural basis for believing in “integration” or “segregation”?’ “We would appreciate it very much if you would discuss and comment on this question in the Standard Bearer.”