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(This is the text of a Reformation Day lecture given in Denver, Colorado in November, 1972, under the auspices of the Church Extension Committee of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland. The lecture will appear in several installments.)
Until now we have: been discussing Articles I-V of the Rejection of Errors of the second Head of our Canons, dealing with the atonement of Christ. Article VI reads as follows:
By way of review, let me point out that this discussion was occasioned by a remark on my part that one might have doubts as to the strength of the OPC with respect to Arminianism. I made this remark because: 1) In our discussion of the proposed OP-RP union we noted that some of the OPC commissioners wanted a stronger emphasis on God’s sovereignty in salvation as one of the improvements in the Proposed Basis of Union between the two denominations.
The 1972 Protestant Reformed Teachers’ Convention is hardly recent enough to be considered “news.” Nor is it, strictly speaking, “from our churches.” But we’ll include it under the above caption, anyway, since information concerning it does not stale with age, and because the Convention concerns itself with something which is, for our churches, of no less importance than the instruction of children of God’s covenant. I have before me several school publications which devoted space to that convention. One is a newsletter from Adams.
As to reprobation, I know that many greatly dislike this doctrine—that some are rejected, and that yet no cause can be found in themselves why they thus remain disapproved by God. But there is here need of docility and of a meek spirit, to which Paul also exhorts us, when he says, “O man, who art thou who answerest against God?” (Rom. ix. 20.) For were it lawful to investigate the cause, surely Paul, who had been taken up to the third heaven, might have showed us the way; but he is here silent and drives us away from the...
An Exposition of the Epistle of James Chapter 1:18, Born Again With The Word of Truth
Our Belgic Confession describes the creation of man in this manner, “We believe that God created man out of the dust of the earth, and made and formed him after his own image and likeness, good, righteous, and holy, capable in all things to will, agreeably to the will of God.” This follows closely the language of Scripture. We read, “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and rover the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth,...
Frequently catechism students, when confronted with the fact of the long age to which Methuselah and others attained, express astonishment and wonder. Without fail little hands stab, the air to ask, “Why did God make people live so long?” and “Why don’t we live that long now?” Not infrequently adults also consider these facts, either in society or privately, responding in much the same way. These are perfectly good questions.
In collecting items which are important enough to be commented on in this column, one inevitably runs across news items of various kinds which, while they are of some interest, are not really sufficiently important to take up space in the Standard Bearer. They get filed away in a drawer and see the light of day about every two weeks when it is time once again for this column to be prepared. Almost always, when the column is written, they once again go back into the drawer of the desk to await another deadline. And they accumulate bit by bit into...