Professor Herman Hanko has declined the call extended to him by the congregation of our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids to “come over” and be their pastor. Rev. Marvin Kamps, pastor of our church in Doon, Iowa, and Mr. Dewey Engelsma plan to leave on March 19 for Singapore. The brethren are taking this long journey to the other side of the globe at the invitation of a group of young Christians in that far away land who desire to learn more of the Reformed faith.
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An outstanding feature of the Scripture’s teaching concerning the church is the importance of faithfulness to the truth of God’s Word, and to the sound doctrinal preaching of the Word. The life of the church is dependent upon Christ’s Word. But today there is a forsaking of true Scriptural preaching and teaching. This is detrimental to the church, and in fact brings it to destruction if persistently followed. It is well that we consider our ways also, in the light of the teaching of God’s Word concerning the church.
The IRS and the Private Schools Some time ago we presented reports of the attempt of the IRS to require of private schools proof that they were not established for the purpose of evading the regulations concerning racial discrimination in the public schools. If such proof was not given, these schools would lose their tax-exempt status. The difficulty with the requirement was that it placed the whole burden of proof on the private school. It had to prove itself innocent according to the regulations of the IRS if its tax-exempt status would be continued.
Several years ago the Standard Bearer carried a series of articles written by Rev. C. Hanko and the undersigned on the subject of missions. A brief history of missions was given and some principles of missions were enunciated. For some reason this rubric was discontinued. Because our churches are increasingly active in missions it was decided by theStandard Bearer staff to revive this rubric. The undersigned was appointed its editor. The purpose of this rubric shall be twofold.
An indication of the importance of this whole matter of IRS proposals affecting private schools, as well as an indication of the widespread concern about the ultimate effect of these proposals, lies in the fact that the whole question is being taken under advisement by a sub-committee of the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Late last year there was a considerable hue and cry raised about some proposed new regulations concerning the tax-exempt status of private schools. Since the category of private schools is a broad one, which includes any non-public primary or secondary school, be it religious or non-religious, be it church controlled or parent controlled or operated by a private corporation, our own Protestant Reformed Christian schools would also have fallen under the proposed new regulations.