Rev. R. Decker, of Doon, Iowa, has accepted the call extended him by our church in South Holland, IL; and, Doon has already named a trio from which they will choose one to fill Rev. Decker’s place: the Revs. D. Kuiper, D. Engelsma and H. Veldman.
The Rev. R.C. Harbach, who presided over the July meeting of Classis, led in the opening devotions. After the Credentials of the various delegates were accepted, he pronounced the Classis properly constituted, and turned the hammer over to Rev. J.A. Heys, who then addressed the Classis with a few chosen words and presided over the rest of the session. All of the churches were represented by two delegates each, Three of the delegates attended the Classis for the, first time, and were therefore required to sign the Formula Of Subscription.
We state this once because we are indeed of the conviction that here is one of the most fundamental principles of a Scriptural and Reformed presentation, and because a thoroughly unscriptural and un-Reformed view has already for a long time found acceptance among our people. The so-called covenant of works is then a kind of agreement between God and Adam, an agreement which really was concluded in an altogether mechanical manner. That agreement consists, then,—according to many a catechism book,—in a condition, a promise, and a threat.
Thus far we gave you part of the report of the emissaries to Jamaica of 1968. In that report the days from June 25 through July 7 were treated and now we continue from there as the labors shift to the western end of the island, some 100 miles away from Islington. We kept in contact with Rev. Elliott and his churches, however, as will soon become plain. But it emphasizes a statement which we made on several instances of reporting to different groups.
Covenant youth should consider it a challenge to try to understand the reasonings that lie behind modern day behavior. I’m confident that responsible young people, who love the Lord and desire to be students of His Word, view life seriously. If we take a superficial attitude, we will quite naturally be stirred emotionally by rock music, by the bold “realism” of the cinema, or by the sincerity of the draft dodger, Yet, if we pause a moment to analyze the reasoning and motivation that lies behind them, we will conclude that they are not only wrong but Satan’s attempt to...
The Opening Exercises of our Seminary was an exciting time for the two professors, the six students and the two Theological School Committeemen. Exciting it was, for it marked the first day of a busy year, but also solemn, in that it was the introduction to a school year of ardent studies—all of which would lead to that day when those young men would be declared eligible for call to be some congregation’s minister!
No one need remind us that we are living in significant times, the like of which this world has never known. We are experiencing upheavals, change, revolution of every sort. We see changes everywhere; we experience upheavals in every sphere of life, in governments, industry, commerce, society, and church. We witness revolutions in every nation, among young and old alike, in the ghetto and on the campus of the university, terrifying in their proportions and in their number.
In our preceding article we called attention to the breadth and scope of the doctrine of Common Grace as set forth by John Calvin in his Institutes of the Christian Religion. In this article we will call attention to the fact that Calvin’s doctrine of a common grace, although broad in its content, is nevertheless also very limited. We realize that we are now calling attention to the writings of Calvin and that the question is more important as to what appears in our reformed confessions.