Classis East met in regular session on January 5, 1977 at our new Hudsonville church. A guided tour of the edifice preceded the meeting. Each congregation was represented by two delegates and, for the first time in many years, each congregation has an under shepherd of her own. Rev. B. Woudenberg, having returned to serve a congregation in Classis East after a long stay in Classis West, was duly welcomed to the Classis. Rev. M. Schipper served as chairman of this session.
December, 1976, is a month that will probably be remembered by Rev. Dale Kuiper and his family for many years. On the 11th, the Kuiper family was blessed with the arrival of a son, Victor Paul. Rev. Kuiper preached the evening sermon in Hudsonville Church on the 12th, his last in the church which had been “home” for the Kuipers for the past several months. On the 13th Rev. Kuiper left for Lynden, Washington with his older children. Mrs. Kuiper was to follow by plane with the two youngest children a bit later. Rev.
Beloved in the Lord: It has been some times since we have written to you concerning the work of the Seminary. We have been a bit negligent in this, and we apologize for our tardiness.
Had you, instead of Moses, been on Mt. Sinai when God gave the law, and instead of cutting that law into the solid granite with His fingers, had God dictated it to you and then told you to list the commandments in the order that you deemed best, where would you have put the seventh commandment?
PSALMS, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (edited by David Otis Fuller), Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan; 703 pp., $14.95. [Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema] This is a one-volume reprint of a two-volume edition of Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David copyrighted by Dr. Fuller in 1968.
“We believe that Jesus Christ is ordained with an oath to be an everlasting High Priest, after the order of Melchisedec; and that he hath presented himself in our behalf before the Father, to appease his wrath by his full satisfaction, by offering himself on the tree of the cross, and pouring out his precious blood to purge away our sins; as the prophets had foretold. For it is written: He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.
In its classic, developed form, hyper-Calvinism denies that it is the duty of the Church to preach the gospel of salvation to all men and to, call all men to believe on Jesus CIirist. The gospel is to be preached only to the elect, and, only they are to be called to faith. The grounds put forward for this position are the doctrines of election, limited atonement, and irresistible grace, i.e., Calvinism. Hyper-Calvinism also denies that it is the duty of every sinner, without exception, to believe on Jesus Christ.
At the Synod of the South Holland Churches, held at Dordrecht, they took cognizance of the fact that none of the Ministers siding with Arminius had been willing until now to reveal his objections against the adopted doctrine to his fellow Ministers, but that with various alibis they had all made mockery of the admonitions of the Churches and the decisions of the Synods. It was again decided that they should earnestly order them anew, within one month after this warning, to make known their objections, under penalty of ecclesiastical censures against those who stubbornly refused.
In this installment of our consideration of the Study Report we wish to return to the item which we by-passed earlier, namely the decision of the Synod of 1956. First of all, let us quote what the Study Report has to say on the matter. Their mandate was “to take into account . . . the previous decisions of Synod, especially 1956.” In referring to this decision of 1956, the committee offers the following summation: