Classis East of our Churches met in regular session on Oct. 1, 1975 at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church. Each of our nine churches in Classis East was represented by two delegates. This session of Classis was short due to the fact that no new material appeared on the agenda and the matters treated were routine. Even though the session was brief, it afforded an opportunity for the officebearers to enjoy one another’s fellowship. We have reason to thank our God that He causes our congregations to flourish in peace.
After accepting the job as News Editor for theStandard Beaver there has been a very noticeable increase in the mail delivered on Linwood St. In fact, we are considering a bid solicitation for an addition to our mailbox so that all the interesting material being sent can be accommodated.
Dear Members and Friends of the Reformed Free Publishing Association: Once again, in this 51st year of publishing The Standard Bearer, your board comes before you this evening with a resume of the activities connected with its publication during the past twelve months. With the help of our covenant God; who once again gave us faithful editors and writers, and with your generous contributions, we were able this year to expand our witness to those outside the sphere of our churches.
1. Why Government Office is Refused. “For Jerusalem is failed and Judah fallen, because their tongue and their deeds (are) against Jehovah, to embitter (insult) the eyes of His glory,” (v. 8, Heb.). “For, ” expressing “the reason why the conscripted man refuses to accept the reins of public office” (E.J. Young). For the ruin (v. 3) of any nation, generally, it has only itself to thank, and that because of its profane and blasphemous offending of the holiness and glory of God. There is no exception with the nation whose God is the Lord.
ture that it is Moses’ understanding of the truth or Matthew’s interpretation of the truth or Paul’s reaction to the truth but never the truth per se. You see, cultural and historical circumstances that surround a statement of the Bible determine how it is to be understood. The new hermeneutic insists that one give full due to the human side as well as the divine side of the Scripture. We could go on and on to show how the new hermeneutic manifests itself in the churches, but let this serve to show the very seriousness of this error.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Ps. 119:105. How often we read these words and hardly give them a second thought. The Word of God is written down for us in the Bible, which in its totality makes up the Word of God. The Bible is precious to us. We don’t have to be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine; we have the Word of God to guide us into the safety of the haven of rest.
Herman Hoeksema has been instrumental in the development of the Reformed faith. The area of his outstanding contribution is the doctrine of the covenant: what the covenant is; the sovereignly gracious nature of the establishment and maintenance of the covenant; the inclusion of the children of believers in the covenant; the Biblical basis of infant baptism; and related truths.¹ The prominence of the doctrine of the covenant in Scripture and its significance for the Reformed faith are widely recognized.
The Offer In The Preaching In the periodical De Waarheidsvriend (The Friend of the Truth), June 5, 1975, page 271, the official organ of the Hervormde or State Church of the Netherlands, is an article which discusses the offer in the preaching of the gospel. We will quote briefly. The writer realizes what a struggle it has been to maintain God’s sovereignty and to honor the responsibility of man. It grieves him, however, when the well-meaning offer is denied. Why? He writes as follows, and we translate:
The Standard Bearer received some material from our newly organized congregation in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada which includes a program of the organizational meeting held September 25, 1975, a letter from the Consistory of Edmonton addressed to all the Protestant Reformed Churches in Classis West (but which was also distributed in some of our congregations in Classis East,) and a bulletin of the first Sunday worship services.