Rev. R. Harbach, pastor of our Kalamazoo Church, traveled to Hudsonville on Nov. 7 to speak at the League Meeting of the Grand Rapids area Prot. Ref. Churches. Under the theme “True Worship Defended,” he spoke particularly about those who claim to be “reforming” the liturgy by making it more relevant to the needs of today’s church-goers. They rebel against the sacraments (at least, the way we celebrate them), and against the pulpit (they want equal involvement), and even against the pews (they want to sit on the floor).
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Proper criticism of another’s position includes two things: an exposing of their error on the basis of the Word of God, and a positing of the truth which is demanded of us according to the Scriptures. These two aspects of criticism are inseparably related, they form the two poles that attract attention. If we as covenant youth are going to be completely polarized by the Word of God, we must not only see how the world is wrong, we must also know what it is to be right.
THE NECESSITY THAT THE HEAVENLY THINGS THEMSELVES BE PURIFIED—continued (Hebrews 9:23, 24) The reason why the heavenly things themselves need to be sanctified, and that, too, with better things than mere sacrifices of goats and bullocks is clearly stated in the text. The Old Testament tabernacle and its sacrifices were mere “copies” of the real and heavenly. They were mere means to show by representation what the corresponding reality is!
Indeed, Calvin teaches emphatically that the deepest reason why the gospel is a savor of death unto death is that the Lord does not attempt to save them. How numerous are the passages in Calvin’s Calvinism in which the reformer emphasizes the sovereignly particular character of the mercy of the Lord as bestowed upon the elect and withheld from the reprobate. It is true that these passages appear in that part of Calvin’s Calvinism which stresses Divine predestination, and to quote these passages at length would lead us too far upstream, inasmuch as we are treating the doctrine of sin.
And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in. the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. II Samuel 20:1
With this contribution to our department we plan to bring this report, filed with the Mission Committee and read at the 1969 Synod, to a close. In the last installment we were reporting about the shipment of clothing which had been sent to the brethren and sisters in Jamaica and which we were to supervise as to obtaining it from customs and distributing to the churches. The report continues.
The Mission Committee is one Synodical Committee that does not have the luxury of a year’s time to do its work. Synod’s decisions and directives have to be implemented immediately. Our monthly meetings have been long and arduous, an indication that God has given us work to do and that zeal for this work abounds.
“The Abomination Of Desolation.” Does not the very name send the cold chills up and down your spine? Scripture tells us of the coming of the Abominable One, who is so foul, so detestable in the sight of God that only God’s forbearance causes Him to wait until the day when this Beast has served his purpose and has made full the measure of his iniquity, then to be cast with the devil into the lake of fire and brimstone where he will be tormented forever.