The Holy Spirit knows human nature. He directs us in the way from which we are most inclined to wander. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands. No wife wants that, especially in this age of women’s lib! Husbands, love your wives even as Christ loved the church. Again, it is much easier to be tyrannical than loving, especially when one is considered the “boss!” Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath. We would rather carry a big stick and a big threat, than bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Several of our churches have extended calls during the past few weeks. The calls from both Forbes and Randolph have gone to Candidate W. Bekkering. Hope Church has called Rev. Lanting. Redlands has called Candidate M. Kamps.
Classis East met in regular session on July 5, 1972 and, as has been characteristic of the last few sessions, accomplished its business in short order. The only business other than the routine business before Classis was a request from a consistory to have Classis approve an increase of censure from the first to the second step. This request was approved by Classis.
At the time of the writing of this contribution for theStandard Bearer Mrs. Lubbers and I are at home in Michigan. It was a real joy to arrive in the Kent County Airport on June 5th to be greeted by our family and friends; it, was also most blessed to be greeted and received by the many, many brethren and sisters of the various churches in and around Grand Rapids. Really, I am thinking in this sketch very much about the dear brothers and sisters in the congregations outside of the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.
In our last installment we showed how this truth meets with bitter protestations and the methods of attack against it. Very frequently, the one who opposes this truth is almost wholly ignorant of what it is all about, hardly knowing what he is up against. Usually, his ignorance is the result of failure to enlighten himself on the subject. He has made not even a cursory study of the matter. What little scrutiny he may have given it has been darkened by the veil of prejudice which blindfolds him.
THE REFORMATION PERIOD THE SYNOD OF DORDT THE CANONS The ninth and final article of Head II of our Canon of Dordt, calling our attention to the death of Christ and the redemption of men thereby, reads as follows:
From a Grand Rapids reader I received the following interesting questions about infant baptism. I will at least begin to answer them in this issue; but perhaps this answer will have to be in two installments. Here are the questions:
[The following is a transcript of an address delivered at the commencement program of the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Those present at the-time of the program will notice that some parts of this address which were abbreviated, for lack of time, when the address was delivered are here represented in considerably expanded form.] Mr. Chairman, Fathers and Brethren of the Synod, Class of 1972, and Friends gathered with us:
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