Professor Herman Hanko has received a call from our church in Redlands, California, to serve as their pastor. The Redlands trio also included Rev. James Slopsema and Rev. George Lanting. Rev. Dale Kuiper, pastor of our church in Lynden, Washington, declined the call extended to him by our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan.
The life of a Christian young person is not an easy life. A young person is at an age at which he begins to assume more and more responsibility for himself. No longer are parents simply making decisions for you, but you are called upon to make decisions by yourself with your parents’ guidance.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrine of devils” (v. 1). Or the words may be rendered, “Now the Spirit speaks distinctly that in the later times some will apostatize from the faith, holding the mind toward deceitful spirits and doctrines from demons.” We live in days of departure and defection from right. Men are prone to the left, to the evil, corrupt and dishonest.
There is a good deal of material in the Epistles generally which has a direct bearing on the Principles of Missions. This is especially true of the Epistles of Paul. This is to be expected for several reasons, the first of which is that the Apostle Paul was themissionary to the Gentiles. This being the case, the Epistles of Paul are emphatically missionary epistles. Quite in general it may be said they were written while Paul was on the mission field.
There is one segment of Dr. Daane’s evaluation of Tuininga’s view of reprobation which demands special attention. In writing about decretal theologians’ insistence that God must be regarded as the ultimate cause of all things, including the fall and reprobation, Daane writes:
It is surely to be hoped that the readers of The Bannerdo not simply swallow uncritically what Dr. James Daane writes on the subject of reprobation and related subjects. For his writings are filled with more fiction than fact and more error than truth, and as such are very, very misleading. In fact, Dr. Daane is promoting an altogether new theology: not only new in comparison with the theology which has been traditionally Christian Reformed, but new in that it is a definite departure from all that has ever been Reformed, all the way back to John Calvin.
“And the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.”