Rev. A. den Hartog of Prospect Park, New Jersey, lead Classis in opening devotions. After the reading and acceptance of the credentials of the churches represented, Classis was declared properly constituted. At this time Rev. J. A. Heys, by order of rotation, took up the chairmanship. Before attending to the business of Classis, Rev. Heys addressed a few words of welcome to the delegates.
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The Evangelism Committee of our South Holland, Illinois church has been informed that the Family Radio Network will be broadcasting a series of 12 to 13 or their pastor’s sermons on Ephesians 5 and Ephesians 6 during the months of July, August, and September. Some seven stations will broadcast Rev. Engelsma’s sermons to a large audience on both the east and west coasts.
DOES GOD EVER CHANGE? In GN, THE GOOD NEWS, (Whose editor-in-chief is Herbert W. Armstrong) of May, 1976 appears an article entitled: Does God ever change? Many passages are quoted which seem to indicate that a change in the Lord does occur.
1.The End and Ruin the Vineyard Deserved. “And I will make it a desolation (put an end to it). (It) shall not be pruned, and not be dressed, and shall come up thorns and (more) thorns. And I will not command the thick clouds to rain rain upon it” (Heb. 5:6). The Lord puts a sudden and hopeless end to the vineyard by letting it lie in neglect, to run wild, choked with thorns and scorched with drought. The vineyard will be taken over by products of original sin and the curse.
THE EFFICACIOUS, SANCTIFYING WORK OF THE GOD OF PEACE (cont.) This means that the law of God, written in our hearts as the new and better covenant, must be fulfilled in us in every last jot and tittle. We do not understand this in the superficial sense in which perfectionism’s teaching manipulates this truth of the Word of God. Perfectionists would here refer to the law as a prescription of rules for the Christian to follow.
Abraham Kuyper wrote the book, Dat De Genade Particulier Is (That Grace is Particular), because many were raising the motto, “Christus pro omnibus(Christ for all),” to a “shibboleth of evangelical truth” .(p. 3). By this “Christ for all” was meant “that Christ, according to the intention and tendency of His self offering, died for all men, head for head and soul for soul” (p. 3). Although the doctrine of universal atonement was on the foreground, Kuyper correctly saw that the real issue was the teaching that grace is common to all men.
Wisdom is hard to get. Actually it is beyond human reach. It is a precious gift of God. Even so, we are to work at getting wisdom. If we are to be wise young people, we are going to have to work hard at obtaining it. There are two reasons for this. The first is that we live in a world which is filled with so much foolishness.
Dear Timothy, My last letter to you ended with a promise of more to come on the whole subject of practical preaching. I am firmly of the conviction that the preaching ought to be relevant—in the good sense of the word; and it ought to be relevant by addressing itself to the specific problems of life which face the people of God. But I ended with a warning that there are dangers involved—dangers of which you ought to be aware.
About Mediate and Immediate Regeneration Question From a reader in Ontario, Canada I received the following questions: “In the Standard Bearer of February 15, ’76 I found that according to The Vidalia Resolution (see All Around Us) ‘Through the gospel the children of God are instructed and fed, strengthened and rebuked, exhorted and corrected; but nowhere does the Bible teach that God uses the gospel as a means of regenerating sinners.’
Are things changing in the Gereformeerde Kerken of the Netherlands? It it true that there is a change for the better? There seem to be those who are persuaded of this. For one thing, at more than one synod of sister churches of the GKN the fraternal delegates of the latter have sounded a conciliatory and persuasive note. They have expressed appreciation for the concern and the warnings of their sister churches.