THE THREATENING WARNINGS OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST (Galatians 5:15) It is evident from the Greek text here that there was a very bad spirit in the church. Bad doctrine and bad walk in life go hand in hand inevitably! Sound words of doctrine make for healthy piety, preparing us unto every good work. (II Tim.
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Our congregation in Redlands, California has extended a call to Rev. Marvin Kamps to “Come over and help us” at a special congregational meeting held on Monday, July 14. Professor Robert Decker preached in Redlands for six Sundays, concluding with Sunday, July 20. Rev. Herman Veldman plans to preach in Redlands for six Sundays, July 27 through August 31. It is interesting to note that Redlands has called Rev. Kamps for the second time. Redlands was Rev. Kamps first pastorate.
The Prince of God, Jacob, had met the enemy, Esau, face to face, and had walked away without a scratch, even though the enemy had made known his intent to kill this Prince of God. Both men after this meeting parted without a drop of blood being shed, even though the situation was tense for a time. Esau had come with four hundred men to meet his brother, who was now a cripple and was encumbered with, and held back from fleeing by, two wives, their handmaidens and twelve children, none of which was a teenager yet—though the oldest was...
(Dr. Kuyper has finished his discussion of the special offices in the church: minister, professor, elder, and deacon. In this paragraph he turns to a discussion of the office of believer.)
Another “Victory” Like This…. Our editor has been commenting on the study committee report to the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church. I have no intention of duplicating that. I would only present part of the report as found in the Grand Rapids Press, June 18,1980:
In the March 1, 1980 issue of the Standard Bearer a question was answered in regard to the statement in our Form for the Ordination of Elders and Deacons, which reads, “And ye poor, be poor in spirit, and deport yourselves respectfully towards your benefactors, be thankful to them, and avoid murmuring….” In that answer I agreed with the one who had sent in the original question, that I did not like the idea that the poor should be thankful to the rich, as if they owe a special gratitude to the benefactors who give out of their abundance.
The previous two chapters of the Westminster Confession have dealt with creation and providence. The Confession next treats, in Chapter VI, the fall of man into sin. God’s relationship to man before the fall is saved for Chapter VII, sections 1 and 2. Let us now consider, with the Westminster Confession, man’s fall into sin.