In our preceding article we called attention to the doctrine of sin as set forth in the Heidelberg Catechism and in the Belgic Confession or Thirty-Seven Articles of Faith. In these creeds the fathers maintain the Scriptural doctrine of sin and oppose the Pelagian conception of it. According to Art. 15 of the Belgic Confession Pelagianism teaches that sin proceeds only from imitation. The Protestant and Reformed conception maintains that we are by nature corrupt, that we commit sin because of what we are by nature. This is also the presentation of the Heidelberg Catechism.
So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon, and they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save the king. I Kings 1:38, 39
“Today we welcome Rev. M. Schipper to our midst.” Sunday, Feb. 1, wrote finis to a whole series of similar notices in the bulletins of Southwest Church. The first announcement in their Feb. 8 bulletin read “We are happy that Rev. Lubbers has returned to us from Jamaica after his extended stay.” And, further, “We take this opportunity to thank Classis for furnishing us pulpit supply while Rev. Lubbers was in Jamaica, and to the ministers and students who brought us words of edification both in preaching and catechism classes.” Rev.
THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD, by J.H. Jowett; Baker Book House, 1969; 265 pp., $2.95 (paper). This is one more book in Baker’s “Preaching Helps Series”. It contains sermons chiefly on Paul’s description of the armour of God in Ephesians 6 by the popular minister of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York.
THE CHICAGO TRAIL AND JUDICIAL PROCESS The events preceding and including the trial of the so-called “Chicago Seven” have been in the news since The Democratic Convention of the summer of 1968. It was then that a large group of students, radicals, hippies and rebels tried to disrupt the Democratic Convention by rioting. Seven of the leaders of that turmoil in Chicago were imprisoned and have been on trial for several weeks. The charge is conspiring to cross state lines into Chicago with the intent of inciting violence.
About a decade ago, a poem appeared in the Netherlands which was entitled, “The Message.”¹ In this poem the author writes about the mandate that comes from God to the faithful minister of the Gospel, “Go, tell the church. that a severe storm is approaching.” To this the minister responds: “But there have been many storms raging for many days and many years.” He is told: “Though that may be ever so true, the Great Storm is about to break loose.” But the minister counters: “Lord, the people have heard that so often that they disregard it entirely.”
“Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented no t . . . For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. . . For if the mighty works, which have been done in you (Capernaum) would have been done in Sodom, it (Sodom) would have remained until this day.”
Essentially there is only one Church, the Church of Jesus Christ. This one Church manifests itself in different ways here on earth. There are national differences, cultural and social variations brought on by separate geographical locations, and there are differences in interpretation of the Word of God and in the emphasis placed upon certain truths of that Word. Hence we speak correctly of churches.
Me editorial entitled, “Was The Lord Mistaken?” was already partly prepared when the January 15 issue of the Bible-Science Newsletter arrived in my mail. And lo and behold, it carried an article by the Lutheran Pastor E.P. Schulze about “The Ruminating Hare.” Now the veracity of Scripture is certainly not dependent upon any rational or scientific proof. The Bible is true a priori, whether we can verify its truth or not.