July 3, 1974 Southwest Prot. Ref Church Classis East met in regular session on July 3, 1974 in Southwest Prot. Ref. Church with all the churches, except Prospect Park, represented by two delegates. Mr. Thomas Nelson, elder from Prospect Park, was present without credentials and thus could be given advisory vote only. Four elders, present at classis for the first time, signed the Formula of Subscription.
Nine years ago the undersigned was sent with Mr. Harry Zwak to our mission field in Jamaica, that beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea. Our labours were at that time with three ministers who were serving twenty churches. The date of our arrival was April 20, 1965.
The Intermediate State We now conclude our discussion of the Intermediate State as set forth by the fathers in this early period of the church of the New Dispensation with a final quotation from Hodge (Vol. III, 741 f.f.). In this quotation, the common views on this subject (again according to Hodge) are perhaps fairly represented in the elaborate work of the Honorable Archibald Campbell, writing on the doctrine of the middle state between death and the resurrection; and we quote:
When a bit if research us conducted in the past forty-nine volumes of the Standard Bearer for material commemorating the contributions this rubric has made to our magazine, one is reminded of the advertising slogan that you can’t eat just one potato chip. Even as a person continues to eat these salty slices until the available supply is gone, so the person who pages through these old volumes finds himself devouring article after article that has nothing to do with his purpose. And how the time flies!
For, behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts is removing from Jerusalem and from Judah supporter and supportress, all support of bread, and all support of water, mighty man and fighting man, judge and prophet, also fortune-teller and elder, the captain of fifty and the distinguished person, even the counselor and skilled craftsmen and expert charmer. Isaiah 3:1-3
Jokes are often made about the church. One of these, a few years ago, dealt with a church which was busily engaged in defending the truth. One scoffer called that church the “little round church.” When asked why he called it that, his answer was that it was a church where the devil could not get one in the corner. The Rev. J. Heys, in the July 1, 1957 issue of the Standard Bearer, wrote about that church in an article entitled: “The Little Round Church.”
[Note: This is the continuation of my answers to questions submitted at the question period last spring following my lecture on “Why Are We Protestant Reformed?” The first installment appeared in the June issue. HCH] Question In what way is the radio ministry mission work? Is it not by preaching, according to Romans 10:13-17?
Editor’s Notes THE OUTLOOK is going to carry in a future issue our editorial, “A Realistic Response To A Dream,’ ” together with an editorial response by the Rev. John Vander Ploeg. In a letter from Rev. Vander Ploeg, he wrote : “Your editorial reply was presented to the Board of Reformed Fellowship at its meeting on May 31. It was decided to reprint your editorial together with my response to it in THE OUTLOOK.