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At the time these lines were being written, Redland’s congregation was meeting for the purpose of calling a minister from a trio consisting of Rev. R. Harbach, Rev. G. Lanting, and Rev. M. Schipper.
As stated in our preceding article, the doctrine setting forth the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ constitutes the second head of the Canons of Dordt. The first head treats the doctrine of God’s sovereign predestination. And we also stated in our preceding article that the truth of God’s sovereign predestination is vital and of primary importance. The truth that the Lord is sovereign in His decree of election and reprobation demands the truth of limited or particular atonement. They stand or fall together.
THE SCOPE OF ISAAC’S BLESSING UPON HIS TWO SONS (Hebrews 11:20)
With so much emphasis being placed upon birth control today, one may properly ask, where does God fit into this picture? Is it so that man has taken complete control of human reproduction and that God has nothing to say about it anymore? Is it so that in areas of the unbelieving world, man has over-populated the world and God is standing helplessly by? Is it so that in the area of the believing church, Christians are preventing child-birth and therefore man is curtailing the development of the covenant by not bringing forth the covenant seed?
We have seen that God gives us authority; now we must see that that authority is used and not despised. The Christian parent has not only the opportunity to discipline, he also has the calling. He must discipline. Paul wrote to Timothy that a Bishop in the church must have certain requirements, one of which is that he have “his children in subjection with all gravity.” (I Timothy 3:4) Paul meant not just subjection to the parent, but to God.
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
The problem of movie attendance is a perennial one. It apparently dates back to the invention of the movie itself and must, it seems, be faced with each new generation of young people. It is a problem compounded by the advent of television which makes of each home a potential movie theatre. While our Churches have never taken an official stand on the movie, generally speaking movie attendance is condemned as being incompatible with the walk of the Christian in the world.
Introductory Increasingly, it seems to me, the realities of what I would call—for want of a handier term—our ecumenical calling and responsibility are being pressed upon us as Protestant Reformed Churches. As will be evident, in a measure at least, to those who follow our Standard Bearer, the Lord has been bringing us into contact with individuals and groups all over the world who are, it seems, genuinely interested in maintaining the Reformed faith and who have been attracted to us because of our Reformed testimony.
In the February 15 issue I suggested that the Reformed Churches of New Zealand might soon be confronted by the same issues which they refused to face forthrightly at their last Synod. And I also promised to produce evidence of this.