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We concluded our preceding article by calling attention to Point Three of the Three Points of 1924 and expressing the conviction that this conception is in violent conflict with all the writings of Calvin. In II, 2, 6, toward the close of this paragraph, Calvin writes: “And this liberty is not diminished, although we are corrupt, and the slaves of sin, and capable of doing nothing but sin.” And in II, 2, 18. Calvin writes:
Let’s start with a couple of requested announcements. First of all, a bit of news concerning our radio broadcast. “The Program Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour informs us that Rev. John A. Heys will be the speaker on the radio broadcasts beginning the first Sunday of the New Year. Rev. Heys has prepared a very timely and interesting series of messages which should prove of interest to all of the listening audience.
There really would be nothing so strange about it, if in your mind you put a question mark behind the title above and read it as though it asked, “Who said So?” This is an expression that is so frequently used that way.
Bernard Levin, one of England’s leading newspaper columnists, commented in the London Daily Mail on November 8, 1965, that “The only thing you always seem to find in an hotel room of any quality, wherever you are, is the Gideon Bible.” The columnist added that the Gideon practice of placing Bibles is one “which only does good, and which has never hurt anybody in the doing of it.” The object of the Gideons in performing this task of Scripture distribution is stated simply as “that of winning men and women, boys and girls to a saving knowl
The World Council of Churches, meeting at Uppsala in 1968, adopted a third report entitled, “World Economic and Social Development.” This document, too, serves as evidence why the faithful Christian and true church cannot belong to this world-wide organization. The document enters into an area which is not within the scope of the work of the church. In the document, conclusions are drawn which are opposed to the teachings of Scripture. There is not even an attempt made in the document to base conclusions upon the instruction of Scripture.
The natural man cannot fulfill this law. Already in Israel, the law was a taskmaster which drove them to Christ,Gal. 3:24.
Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. II Samuel 21:1
DECISIONS OF THE GEREFORMEERDE KERKEN At its latest session of the General Synod the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Gereformeerde Kerken) took some important decisions affecting the future of that denomination and perhaps of other Reformed Church bodies. The first of these was a decision to join the World Council of Churches (W.C.C.). We quote from theR.E.S. News Exchange.
In the past few months several periodicals have reflected on the possibility of a merger, or at least discussions with a view to a possible merger, between the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church. The Reformed Journal, in an article by Harry Boer, was, I believe the first to speak out on the subject. After the failure of the proposed merger between the RCA and the Southern Presbyterians, Dr. Louis H. Benes, editor of The Church Herald, seconded Dr. Boer’s suggestion. In the past few months several periodicals have reflected on the possibility of a merger, or at least...
The October 10 issue of The Banner carried, contrary to the expressed judgment of its Editor, the Reverend J. Vander Ploeg, an article entitled “Christian Art,” written by Dr. Calvin Seerveld, professor of philosophy at Trinity Christian College, and placed as one of a series of articles on “New Frontiers for the Reformed Faith.” One might almost have expected, in the light of some recent past performances, a set of “pro” and “con” articles about this article of Dr.