As a follow-up to our rather extensive list of trios and calls in the last issue, we can report the following: Rev. Van Baren has declined the call extended to him by the Redlands’ congregation, and the call from Grand Rapids’ Hope Church has gone to Rev. Decker, who, as you probably recall, is also considering the call from Randolph, Wisconsin.
8. Its Character The last paragraph of the previous article really began this new turn of our subject. There we said election is solely an act of God. God does the electing and the choosing. Men and angels are the chosen ones. Election is further characterized in Scripture as absolute. It is entirely free, independent of everything outside of God himself. Why did He write some names in the Book of Life, and eliminate others from that register?
As already indicated, to his semi-repudiation in behalf of the Reformed Journal’s editorial staff Dr. James Daane adds to his article something for which he alone takes responsibility. We quote this section of his article in full:
In our issue of September 15, 1971, page 488, we called upon the Reformed Journal to repudiate, the rank universalism from the pen of Gracia Fay Ellwood in its July-August issue. We referred especially to the following paragraphs of the Ellwood article:
So often when we read or use the phrase that forms our title, we do so as though it were another way of writing An Help Mate. In fact, it is exactly for this reason that we can use it as our title without creating a discordant sound for most of our readers. It would grate upon our ears to write A Meet Help, although this would be good grammar. And it would certainly sound very strange if we would substitute a synonym for meet and write An Help Fit, or An Help Suitable. We would by far prefer then...
“Whosover therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also 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.” Matt. 10:32, 33
Whether believers realize the importance of Christian schools or not, the Devil and the antichristian world are well aware of it. An event in the early history of the post-apostolic Church illustrates this. In the early years of the 4th century, Emperor Constantine the Great made Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire, thus delivering the Christian Church from the severe persecution which she had been suffering. But in A.D. 361, Constantine’s nephew, Julian, became sole ruler of the Roman Empire.
The Church of Jesus Christ enters today into the year of her Lord 1972. It is well for us, through our periodical, to pause for a few moments and ponder some significant events which relate so directly to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ. For the history of the world is God’s history; and, because it is God’s history, it is the Church’s history—above all else. What has history been saying to us who are called to walk as pilgrims and strangers in the earth? What can we learn which will enable us to continue our sojourn with...