Rev. Arie den Hartog of our Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Prospect Park, New Jersey has received a call from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Christchurch, New Zealand to come over and help them. Should Rev. den Hartog accept this call, he would remain a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches, but be ‘on loan’ to the church in New Zealand. Decisions on these matters were made by the Synod of our churches in 1976.
WALKER’S COMPREHENSIVE BIBLE CONCORDANCE BOOK REVIEW J.B.R. Walker; Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan 968 pp., $12.95 (Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema) One of the tools which every Bible student needs is a good concordance. This is even more necessary than a commentary: for it is a tool necessary for independent study of Scripture, in which the comparing of Scripture with Scripture is a fundamental principle. Moreover, for most of our readers, I take it, a concordance which follows the King James Version is a necessity.
“They’d Rather Fight Than Pay” A striking article with this catchy title appeared inLiberty, a magazine of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The article gives an account of two members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church who are fighting in court the requirement that they join the union or lose their jobs. The union was willing to “compromise” to the extent of demanding of them union dues without their becoming union members. The two individuals rightly refused to do this, for they reasoned that they were also then supporting the union.
In the first installment of this two part series on the topic of “Pure Religion” we came to grips with the negative admonition of James. Pure religion before the face of God, James told us, consists of keeping ourselves unspotted from the world. We are called to be in the world, but never may we be one in principle and practice with the world. It is our calling not to become defiled with the filth and corruption that belongs to the world because they lie under the power of darkness.
We have seen in our previous article that the world is not enviable to us because of the corruption that is manifest in their life. In the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The wicked are like the troubled sea, casting up mire and dirt.” We have to add to this the fact that this horrible filth makes the wicked worthy of God’s terrible judgments. Sin is a transgression of the law of God and makes one guilty before God. The thought of God’s punishing sin fills one with terror. It should drive us all the more to the cross of...
At the moment, we are on the island of Jamaica, and a few lines are due for our department, The Day of Shadows. But we have returned to such a different Jamaica that we feel constrained to write about it, believing that our people will want to know the situation as it affects the brethren and sisters on the island.
At the beginning of the Conference they again debated concerning the order of the Articles which would be treated. Arminius seemed to think that it was advantageous for his cause to begin with predestination. But, seeing that the article concerning justification seemed to be more necessary, Gomarus believed that they should begin with this; and this was also the pleasure of the States. Concerning this point of doctrine there was the same dispute as that which had taken place earlier before the High Council, namely; whether faith itself, in respect of the fact that it is a deed, is.
1.Deliberate defiance of God’s judgments. Woe! “to the ones saying, Let Him hurry His work in order that we may see (it), and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel approach and come (to pass), so we may know (what it is He threatens to do.)” He whom the world calls a free-thinker the Scripture calls a fool (nabal) and a scorner (letz). They flout the judgments of God; since they doubt whether they, as prophesied, shall ever occur. They say, If they are coming, we ought to be able to see and hear their approach!