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Report of Classis West Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in South Holland, Illinois on March 7, 1973. Ten ministers and twelve elders attended the Classis as delegates. Rev. W. Bekkering of the Randolph, Wisconsin congregation and Rev. M. Kamps of the Redlands, California congregation were delegated to Classis for the first time, as were elder delegates Albert Buiter, Egbert Gritters, John Hoksbergen, and Dick Rolffs. Rev. G. Lanting presided over the meeting. Classis finished its work in one day.
From a fallen and wholly depraved human race, and in the midst of a world that lieth in darkness, a crooked and perverse generation, God saves His elect, establishing His covenant with them and their children in the line of continued generations, forming them by His sovereign grace in Christ into a people of Himself, that they might be His friends, and, living in every sphere of life from the principle of regeneration thru faith, they should show forth His praises and walk as children of light in the world.
Question From a Grand Rapids reader I received the following question: “What is the difference between a ‘trance’ and a ‘vision?’ This question arose in connection with a discussion of Acts 22:17. Is it possible for you to give us an idea or two in the Standard Bearer in a short article?”
Discussing the seventh and final article of the Rejection of Errors of Head II of the Canons, dealing with the atonement of Christ, we were calling attention in our preceding article with the governmental theory of the cross as set forth by the Remonstrants. And we noted, among other things, that this theory is a corruption and perversion of the justice and righteousness of God. It implies the error that God executed an innocent man upon the cross of Calvary. And this could never be a display of the righteousness of the living God.
Key 73’s Myth of “Cooperatively but Separately” Exploded The protagonists of Key ’73 (The Christian Reformed brand is “Evangelism Thrust”) have repeatedly claimed that the evangelism efforts of this movement are inter-denominational and cooperative and simultaneous, but separate.
[Editor’s Note: The following is the conclusion of Rev. Decker’s exposition of James 1:22-25. Space did not permit publication of the entire article. The exposition of James 1:26, 27 which also appears in this issue is Rev.
In the last two verses of the Gospel according to Matthew, we read, “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” This Word of God, often called the Great Commission or the Missionary Mandate, is clear in as far as it goes. It is a command; it is a command which carries all the authority of God in...
At long last a bit of news from Jamaica in the Standard Bearer! Perhaps that is what is said by many of-the readers when this little dispatch comes to their mail-box. There is more than one reason why news is slow in forthcoming. In the first place, “news” has to be made, and that takes time. Then, too, not everything that might be considered news should be published in a magazine which travels as far as does the Standard Bearer. All things may be permissible, but all things do not edify.
[Editor’s Note: The following article was ready for publication a couple months ago, but was held up due to a legal snarl in connection with the site-acquisition. The latter, we are informed, has now been cleared up; and the green light was given for publication. With two exceptions, the information is substantially correct. The exceptions are: 1) The target date for ground-breaking necessarily has had to be postponed. 2) The treasurer, Mr. Teitsma, informs me that the drive has now brought in a total (in round numbers) of $92,000.00, of which $55,000.00 is cash on hand.