Classis East met in regular session on October 2, 1974 at the Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church. Each church was, represented by two delegates. Present also to witness and approve the primary business of this session, the examination of Candidate and Pastor-elect of Prospect Park, A. Den Hartog, were the synodical delegates ad examina from Classis West: Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. J. Kortering, and Rev. G. Laming. Rev. M. Joostens was called for the first time in his ministerial career to chair this session.
Esteemed Editor: I wonder if you could find a little space in our STANDARD BEARER for a few lines from your Business Manager. If so, will you please print the following? At our recent annual RFPA meeting you spoke to your audience regarding historical events concerning our organization. Your speech was most interesting! Hopefully it will be printed in a forthcoming issue of THE STANDARD BEARER.
We now must consider the Dower of faith as this comes to manifestation in the great suffering of the people of God in this world. It is difficult to give adequate interpretation of such suffering of the saints. Here we see the “patience of the saints.” There will be such a display in the final and great tribulation; however, such is also the daily and constant experience of the saints. For the sake of God and Christ they are killed all the day long. Principally they, suffer and are hated without a cause.
[Note: This article should have appeared in the October 15 issue. The article which did appear in the October 15 issue under the same title should have followed this article and should have carried the title, “Faltering Faith And Guiding Grace.” The mix-up is neither the fault of the author nor the fault of the editor, but of our typesetter, who apologizes for the error. HCH]
The subject of spiritual growth has been and is presently receiving much attention in the religious press. A great deal of this is being specifically directed toward youth. Campus Crusade is a well oiled machine that grinds out voluminous material for college youth. There are two main gears that control its movement. The one is to reach unconverted young people and bring them to salvation in Christ, the other is to bring the gospel to those who already profess to be Christian young people, but do not experience the full potential of their spiritual life.
It is well, in the light of the times in which we live, to say something concerning the value of our creeds in general and of our Belgic Confession in particular. The churches of the day are increasingly critical of the creeds, and this is no less true in the Reformed tradition both in our own land and abroad. The cry in our time is that the creeds have lost their value and usefulness for the church. They simply, so it is alleged, do not speak to the needs of the world and the calling of the church in the...
That which is objectionable in the “free offer of the gospel,” or “well-meant gospel offer,” is not the teaching that the Church must preach the gospel to everyone and must call all hearers to faith in Jesus Christ. But the error of the doctrine of the, offer, and the reason why a Reformed man must repudiate it, is its teaching that the grace of God in Jesus Christ, grace that is saving in character, is directed to all men in the preaching of the gospel.
Most of you will know by this time that our Seminary is giving training to three students from the Free Reformed Church of North America (formerly known as the Free and Old Christian Reformed Churches in Canada and the U.S.). This relatively small denomination, which has most of its congregations in Canada, traces its ecclesiastical ancestry to the denomination known as the Christian Reformed Churches of the Netherlands. Late last year inquiry was made by representatives of the Free Reformed Church as to our willingness to train their students.