Report of Classis West On December 13, Classis West held a special meeting in Randolph, Wisconsin, to examine Mr. Kenneth Koole, who had recently accepted the call to the Randolph Protestant Reformed Church. Rev. G. Lanting presided over this meeting of Classis.
EERDMAN’S HANDBOOK TO THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY, Tim Dowley, Organizing editor; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1977; 656 pp., $19.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) I can best describe this book by quoting from the blurb on the paper jacket.
Strange Editorializing In the Banner of December 16, 1977, a strange editorial appears. In discussing the truth of “Word Became Flesh,” editor DeKoster inserts comments about the Sadat-Begin peace efforts. The words are, it seems to me, strangely out of place even in theBanner. He writes:
(This essay was prepared for the Officebearers’ Conference held in October, 1977 at Faith Church, Jenison, Mich. It was prepared for publication in theStandard Bearer at the request of those present at the conference. It will appear in the Standard Bearer in two successive installments.) I would define Christian liberty as the privilege and the ability to serve God in love with our whole life and being.
Often in the routine of our daily lives we do not notice many things that happen round about us. We are so busy; there are so many places to go, so many things to do; there are church activities, school functions, entertainment opportunities, obligations to friends and relatives, the press of work. Often we are blithely ignorant of what is taking place in the world at large. As long as our own world is not disturbed or upset, we continue on our way with little or no thought of the events of history.
1.The Command to Choose a Sign. “And further Jehovah spoke to Ahaz, saying, ‘Ask for thee a sign from Jehovah thy God; deepen (thy petition), ask, whether to a lofty place or the height.'” (Isaiah 7:10-11). “And Jehovah added to speak to Ahaz” (Isaiah 7:10 andIsaiah 8:5, literally).
“We believe and profess, one catholic or universal Church, which is an holy congregation, of true Christian believers, all expecting their salvation in Jesus Christ, being washed by his blood, sanctified and sealed by the Holy Ghost. This Church bath been from the beginning of the world, and will be to the end thereof; which is evident from this, that Christ is an eternal Icing, which, without subjects, cannot be.
3. The fourfold way in which the church of Christ can be understood. On the ground of the authority of Holy Scripture, the essence of the church must be considered as distinguished under four aspects. One can refer to the church as it is determined in the counsel of God; the church as her life is hidden in Christ; the church as it is realized on earth among men; and finally the church as it shall finally rejoice before the throne in glory. Confusion of these four makes clear insight difficult.
In this installment we continue, first of all, with our sketch of the Report on Worldly Amusements which was before the Christian Reformed Synod in 1928. That Report, because its principle was that of common grace, contained the seeds of the, 1966 and 1977 decisions to open the door to the so-called “film arts” and to dancing and to bring these corruptions right on the campus of the denomination’s Calvin College.