The call from Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California has gone to Rev. Schipper. The Consistory of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids has formed two trios: for minister—Rev. R. Harbach, Rev. D. Kuiper, and Rev. M. Schipper; for missionary—Rev. R. Decker; Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. B. Woudenberg.
We have, from time to time, in these pages criticized the A.A.C.S. (Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship) which has its chief center in Toronto. We have also, in the Book Reviewdepartment criticized some of the publications of this organization. Among those books which we have criticized is the book “Understanding The Scriptures” written by A.H. Degraaff and C.G. Seerveld.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. “ Matthew 10:32, 33
Often we have read in Scripture those passages which speak of disasters—especially the “disasters” near the end of time. At times we read such sections a bit fearfully. These things which occur appear to affect the whole earth—will we not also then be affected as well? After hearing of some of these things, young children of the church have been known to have nightmares. Children of God, of course, ought not to read and study these things in such a way that generates fear. Our God, according to His promise, will provide for His people for Jesus’ sake.
The pilgrim is a church member. Since the Church is the creation of God, since she is precious in the sight of the Lord, and since Christ gave His life for her, we ought to be very clear as to what the Church of Jesus Christ is essentially. The Scriptures present us with a rich variety of names for this spiritual entity: church, bride, building, temple, plant, vine, tree. Perhaps the most beautiful and highly revelatory name is the body of Christ. According to Colossians one, Christ is the Head of the body, the Church.
Art. III of the second Head of the Canons reads: “The death of the Son of God is the only and most perfect sacrifice and satisfaction for sin; and is of infinite worth and value, abundantly sufficient to expiate the sins of the whole world.”
From a part-time Floridian I received the following question, sent to me already about the first of the year: “The Christian Reformed Church since 1924 has stressed the so-called well-meant offer of the gospel. Did our forefathers also believe this? Was it ever an issue before this time? What does church history show?”