All Articles For Vol 47 Issue 19 8/1/1971

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In our previous article we considered life in the world into which you graduated as it is evaluated by God through the inspired preacher in Ecclesiastes 1:2: “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” That is life in our Twentieth Century world. From every point of view, in every sphere, life is vain. It’s empty, void of any spiritual good; it’s useless, futile, and perishing.

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In our previous article we considered life in the world into which you graduated as it is evaluated by God through the inspired preacher in Ecclesiastes 1:2: “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” That is life in our Twentieth Century world. From every point of view, in every sphere, life is vain. It’s empty, void of any spiritual good; it’s useless, futile, and perishing.

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THE END OF PAROCHIAID?  The Supreme Court of the United States has made a long-awaited decision concerning the constitutionality of financial assistance to private and parochial schools. There were two plans which were before the highest court: one from the state of Rhode Island which provided a fifteen per cent salary supplement to parochial school teachers who taught only secular subjects; the other was a plan in Pennsylvania under which schools were reimbursed by the state for the teaching of secular subjects.

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The question which forms our title we presented to the graduates of our South Holland, Illinois, Protestant Reformed Christian School. And we did so because their class text was Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14, where we read, “Let us hear the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” 

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At the conclusion of our preceding article, we were calling attention to certain forerunners of Arminius and Arminianism, as set forth by Wagenaar in his “Conflict and Victory.” We had mentioned Coolhaas, Herberts and Wiggerts. Wagenaar also mentions Sybrandi and Venator. We need not call attention to these last two men in any detail, except to remark that also the former had been a Romish pastor and that both were enemies of the Calvinistic presentation of the truth as set forth in the Holy Scriptures and in the Reformed Confessions. 

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In general the topic to which I will draw your attention is The Minister and the Church Order. By ministers are meant those who are lawfully called by the church to preach the gospel in the church of Christ. The Church Order to which I refer is the Church Order of Dordrecht with its eighty-six articles, including also the various decisions of our Synod concerning some of these articles. These articles can be found in the back of our Psalter.

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The heart of the tradition which we have received from the Calvin Reformation is the principle of the glory of God. Soli Deo Gloria was the starting point of all Calvin’s theology; and it is this basic truth, so completely Scriptural, that has characterized the Reformed faith up to the present. For example, the first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism reads: “What is the chief end of man?

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One of the highlights of our recent Synod was the graduation program on the evening of June 7 at our Edgerton Church. Not only for the candidate, but also for all concerned, graduation is a pleasant climax for the somewhat tedious and perhaps grueling grind of synodical examinations. Our area churches were well represented at the occasion, thus attesting to the interest of our people in the Midwest. And we had a pleasant evening. The program was rounded out with audience singing and a couple of special musical numbers by Mrs.

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