All Articles For Vol 53 Issue 18 7/1/1977

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THE ANATOMY OF A HYBRID, A Study in Church-State Relationships, by Leonard Verduin; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1976; 274 pp., $4.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko)  The question of the relation between the Church and the secular state is a favorite one with Verduin. His earlier book, “The Reformers and Their Stepchildren,” dealt with the same question. Verduin is a champion of the complete separation between church and state and a strong promoter of the free exercise of religion.

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“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  And he thought within himself saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 

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The truth of predestination, as taught in the Scriptures, is rarely heard from the majority of pulpits—even in churches which claim to be Reformed. Dr. James Daane has made a point of this in some of his latest writings. He has said that predestination is no insisted that sovereign, double predestination cannotbe preached. He writes in his book, “The Freedom of God”:

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The Synod of 1977 now exists only in history. It met this year in the new and beautiful edifice of Hudsonville, Mich. Protestant Reformed Church. It had as its inspirational speaker the Rev. C. Hanko, pastor of Hudsonville church—and president of the last (1976) Synod. He spoke from God’s Word found in Rev. 3:11 —and admonished also our Synod to “Hold Fast That Thou Hast.” It was surely a fitting Word for Synod which had to treat many important matters.

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Dear Editor in Chief, In your editorial in the Standard Bearer, Feb. 15, 1977, page 222, you wrote that it was your conviction that the synod of 1975 misled our study committee when it referred them first to take into account the Biblical doctrine, particularly the New Testament passages. You mention that this has never been the Reformed method, that it must be kept in mind that we already have an interpretation of Scripture in our confessions, both those of a major order and those of a minor order. To these we should turn first in the consideration of any...

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