Delegates of Classis West attended an officebearers’ conference Tuesday, February 5, in Doon, Iowa. Rev. Moore presented a paper, on that occasion, on an aspect of the work of the deacons. On Tuesday evening Candidate Mark Hoeksema preached his Classical sermon in a special worship service held in Doon Church. And on Wednesday there was the convening of Classis West, part of the agenda for which was the examination of Candidate Hoeksema, pastor-elect of Ebenezer Protestant Reformed Church of Forbes, North Dakota.
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T H E O L O G I C A L S C H O O L . . . OF THE… PROTESTANT REFORMED CHURCHES February, 1974 Dear Brethren and Sisters in the Lord, It has been some time since we have written you through the columns of the Standard Bearer. But this is not really so serious, because various reports concerning our activities have appeared rather regularly. We do hope to be more regular with these letters in the future.
(80-250 A.D.) Intermediate State Continuing with our discussion of the history of the doctrine of the Intermediate State as confessed by the church during these early years of the New Dispensation, we now wish to quote from Philip Schaff. In his History of the Christian Church, pages 590 f.f. of Vol. II, he writes, and we quote:
The late Rev. H. Hoeksema in his excellent exposition of the book of Revelation writes about the fact that many Christians are accustomed to run in the narrow track of their individual salvation, and no doubt this is very significant. Nevertheless it is only part of the truth. The Biblical truth is that all the world which fell into the power of sin will again be restored and raised to a far higher glory. That is why there must necessarily be continual war between God and Satan. In the final analysis this is the war of all ages.
(At the annual meeting of the publishing association which prints the Standard Bearer, inspirational speeches are given— usually by one of the ministers of the Protestant Reformed Churches. At one of the meetings, in 1945, the late Rev. H. Hoeksema delivered the following address which was subsequently distributed in pamphlet form. Its message is surely as pertinent today for the Standard Bearer as it begins the second half-century of its publication.)
Isaac and Abimelech Question — From a Grand Rapids reader comes the following question: “Our Men’s Society in our study of Genesis became involved in the following question: ‘Did Isaac sin by making a covenant with Abimelech, who came to him seeking a truce in their feuding?’ ” “Some in our meeting thought that he did sin, while others felt he simply did what we are all obligated to do. We should live peaceably with all men as long as we do not sacrifice our principles in doing so.
The evening of the Dedication Program for our new seminary building will be one long remembered by this writer — and undoubtedly by all who were present. It will go down in the annals of our history as one of the high points, one of those occasions when we reach the exhilarating atmosphere of the mountaintops of faith.