In the second head of doctrine in these Canons, the fathers, dealing with the doctrine of the death of Christ upon the cross, set forth the doctrine of limited or particular atonement, and they emphatically (please note this emphasis as we underscore) endorse this manifestation of the love of God in Christ as only for the elect. We quote Art. 8:
The last in a series of lectures in the Grand Rapids area was held in First Church on April 9. Rev. G. Lubbers, the chairman of the meeting, mentioned that the committee was happy with the subject chosen. We find ourselves living in the last hour—that is, between the cross and the return of Christ. Since we are a church of hope, the topic, “The Return of the Glorified Christ,” is of utmost importance and of very real interest to us. Rev. Lubbers also mentioned that the committee was happy to have as a speaker, Rev. G. VanBaren.
“Behold, he prayeth.” This was said by the exalted Christ to the prophet Ananias about Saul of Tarsus, who was sitting blind in Damascus and praying to God without ceasing day and night.
(Editors’ Note. By special request, we present this report on the work in Jamaica. The snapshots, courtesy of Mr. Meulenberg, show the three groups of Jamaican brethren present at the meeting described in the article.)
Some time ago it was reported in The Standard Bearer that the Gereformeerde Kerken in a synodical decision reminded the churches that the confessions have binding authority upon all as an accepted basis of fellowship. Even this decision was a qualified and ambiguous one: for the Synod “recognized that the manner of expression and the method of argument in the creedal standards should offer no obstacle to officers of the church to express their complete agreement” (RES News Exchange, Nov. 18, 1969).
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Psalm 24:7, 8