The Fall, 1975 meeting of Classis West was especially significant and lengthy. Included in the agenda of Classis were a request for organization as a Protestant Reformed Church; two appeals concerning discipline; and an appeal concerning doctrine. Classis met from Wednesday morning, September 3, through Friday noon, September 5. Rev. W. Bekkering led the Classis in opening devotions. He addressed the Classis from John 16:13a:
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT, In Marriage, Home & Work, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; Baker Book House, 1975; 371 pp., $8.95. [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko] Baker has already printed one volume of Lloyd-Jones’ sermons on Ephesians. It was published under the title, “God’s Way of Reconciliation”, and contained sermons on Chapter 2. This volume is a reprint which was first published in 1974. The fact that it is already being republished shows its popularity. And such popularity is well-deserved.
One would have to be blind and deaf not to be aware of deep concern within this country about crime. The concern grows with the increasing incidents of crime. Daily news reports speak of crime almost matter-of-factly.
We, as children of God, are called upon to live in the midst of an age and world that is permeated with the sin of anxiety. That such is the state of the world is clearly manifest in the unrest which the world exhibits at every level of society. In the midst of wars and rumors thereof, peace efforts are headline news. In the midst of crime and evident lack of justice we hear the cry for law and order so as to have safety in the streets.
Those who read the report of the Second Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, published in this paper last October, will remember that the spirit of that report was very critical. At that time, there were strong doubts whether the PCA would amount to anything even remotely resembling a Reformed and Presbyterian Church. Happily, there is cause for guarded optimism in the wake of this year’s Assembly. Certainly, it is not yet time to be at ease in Zion, but the outlook is generally brighter than some of us would have dared to predict a year ago.
Beloved people of God. As our chairman mentioned in his prayer at the beginning of this meeting, we celebrate this year not only the 50th anniversary of our Protestant Reformed Churches, but also on this convocation night, the 50th anniversary of our Protestant Reformed Theological School. That in itself is an extremely significant thing. It is significant, I think, for especially two reasons.
THE UNIQUE ALTAR THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH HAS (Hebrews 13:10, 11) We must not be carried away with divers and strange doctrines and teachings of heretical men. We must draw straight lines of the Bible which insist that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever; it is our duty to see the total implications and consequences of such a changeless Christ.
Reprobation Ignored We noted last time that it was stated at the recent Christian Reformed synod that all should appreciate the concern of Dr. Boer who had requested the synod to furnish scriptural proof for the doctrine of Reprobation as set forth in our Canons of Dordt. One may well ask: Dr. Boer’s concern about what? Are not the Canons full of scriptural proof for the doctrine of double predestination, election and reprobation? What is his concern? Is he concerned about this doctrine because it is his desire that this doctrine be emphasized, preached and taught?
For a proper understanding of our activities in New Zealand, a little background information concerning the ecclesiastical situation in that country is necessary. Our contacts in New Zealand were, for the most part, with people and churches of two denominations. The first is the Reformed Churches of New Zealand. With these, however, we had no official contact; we did have contact with a considerable number of people from these churches.
At long last the Rev. D. Engelsma’s book, Marriage: the Mystery of Christ and The Church, has come from the press and is available. We are sorry about the long delay, especially after it was announced that the book would be ready in June. But the book was certainly worth waiting for. There seems to be a glut of, books, both religious and secular, about marriage, sex, sex education, etc., on today’s market. But this book is a gem!