Several items of our January 1 news had to omitted at the printer’s shop because the undersigned was “five inches too long-winded.” We’d like to resurrect those for this issue—at the beginning this time. The items mentioned were concerning the church extension work of several of our churches. One of those was Southeast Church of Grand Rapids which has taken on the rather ambitious project of adding another station for our radio broadcast. This one is station WLVP, 102.3 on the FM dial, in Franklin, New Jersey.
January 7, 1970 At Southeast Church Rev. J.A. Heys, who presided over the October, 1969 Classis, led in the opening devotions. All the churches of Classis East were represented by two delegates each. After the Classis was declared properly constituted, the Rev. J. Kortering presided, while Rev. Heys recorded the minutes.
Although my house be not so; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he made it not to grow. II Samuel 23:5
There cannot possibly be any doubt as to the position of Calvin on the doctrine of sin. Over against all Pelagianism, he maintains original guilt and also original pollution or corruption. He certainly sets forth the Scriptural doctrine that sin came into this world through the sin of Adam, the head of the human race. He speaks of the human mind or reason and of the human will, and maintains that both are completely dominated by the power of iniquity.
Introductory Note: The contents of this article were delivered as a speech td the Officebearers’ Conference on January 6, 1970. The article is prepared from a tape recording of the speech with only slight modification. The article of the Church Order referred to in the title deals with the work of the deacons.
To the observant Christian whose sanctified judgment is guided, by the infallible rule of the Word of God and whose discernment is sensitized by the Spirit of Christ Whose testimony that Word is, there are many phenomena of our times which remind him that the Scriptures are being fulfilled before his very eyes, that the end of all things is at hand, and that the signs of the coming of the Lord, the precursory signs, are multiplying as we approach that end. Thus it is, for example, with today’s space exploits.