Classis East met in regular session on April 2, 1975 at the Southeast Prot. Ref. Church. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. G. Van Baren served as chairman for this session. The majority of Classis’s time was spent in discussing the majority, and minority reports of its committee to study and make recommendations on the Hope overture to discharge the Student Aid Committee. Classis decided to send the overture to Synod with both majority and minority reports attached for information.
BUT NOW HE HATH PROMISED, SAYING. . . . (vs. 26) There is a certain contrast here in the text between that which the Lord did when He spoke on earth at Sinai and what He did when Christ came upon earth as God in the flesh to build the eternal temple of God.
According to this truth and this Word of God, we believe in one only God, who is the one single essence, in which are three persons, really, truly, and eternally distinct, according to their incommunicable properties; namely, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Father is the cause, origin and beginning of all things visible and invisible; the Son is the word, wisdom, and image of the Father; the Holy Ghost is the eternal power and might, proceeding from the Father and the Son.
“And He shall judge among the goyim and shall do justice to many peoples; and they shall forge their swords to ploughshares and their spears to pruning-knives. Goi shall not lift up sword against goi, and neither shall they learn war again. “House of Jacob, Come! and we shall walk in the light of Jehovah!” (Isa. 2:4-5).
When we pray, does it make any difference whether we kneel, sit, or stand? Why do we close our eyes when we pray? We usually fold our hands and bow our heads? Is this “custom” or does it mean something? All of this is included in the posture for prayer.
It is the purpose of this article to give account of the Reformed doctrine and practice of preaching over against the charge that denial of the well-meant offer of the gospel is destructive of lively preaching, especially of lively preaching to the unconverted in missions, or evangelism. It intends to show that there is not one shred of truth in the charge that denial of the offer hampers missions. Hopefully, it will allay the fear of some who, having been misled, go in the direction of the offer because “otherwise we may lose evangelical preaching.”
From time to time we have commented on this case, which involves a denial of the truth of vicarious atonement and of reconciliation through Christ’s bearing of the wrath of God in the place of His people.