Report of Classis East July 2, 1969 Our Southwest Church Rev. H. Veldman presided over the opening devotions. Classis was fully represented by two delegates from each Consistory. Prof. H. Hanko was also present at this meeting and was given an advisory vote. Normally this meeting of Classis in July is a brief session with very little to do. This was not the case this time, however. There were two matters which were given to two committees of advice which will report to the next Classis.
The essence of the covenant, therefore, is not to be sought in a promise, and that, too, a promise in the sense of a certain general offer to the children of believers, as Prof. Heyns would have it. Neither is it to be sought in the idea that the covenant is a certain way, or manner, of salvation by which God would make us partakers of everlasting glory, as many others describe the covenant, thereby actually denying that God’s covenant is eternal.
An air of expectancy prevails when the members of the Mission Committee receive notice in the mail that a meeting is called for the purpose of receiving a report of emissaries who have returned from the field. Elements of eagerness blend with anticipation as the hour draws near.
1492. This date is familiar to every one of us, even including our children. This was the year that Christopher Columbus touched on the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas, and gave these islands mistakenly the name they have held ever since, the West Indies. In 1494 he is said to have landed in Jamaica. In 1497 Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope and reached the west coast of India at Calicut. The age of exploration had come and new lands were being discovered on the far ends of the globe.
As the conclusion of our preceding article we were quoting from the article on free will as expressed in the Lutheran Confession of the Formula of Concord. We were quoting from the negative section of this article, and called attention to the strong language employed in this Lutheran creed. In this article we wish to quote two more articles from this negative section of this second article on free will.
ECUMENICITY IN REVERSE At the last General Synod of the Reformed Church in America the deep-seated split between liberals and conservatives was recognized and dealt with in a way which deals a serious blow to ecumenicity in that denomination. The issues dividing the two elements in the Church are deep and of long standing. For many years there have been major disagreements on questions of doctrine and Church Polity. But the immediate cause of the trouble in the RCA was over the questions of church union.