More Janus-Headed Theology In a recent issue of the Presbyterian Journal (May 12, 1982, pp. 9, 10) Donald A. Dunkerley presents some more Janus-headed theology, again classifying those who disagree with it as Hyper-Calvinists. This time he writes about the subject of the death of Christ in relation to the general offer of salvation.
EERDMAN’S HANDBOOK TO THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS, R. Pierce Beaver et al, Consulting Editors; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. 448 pp. (cloth) $21.95. [Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema] This is an excellent reference work. It is loaded with information concerning the ancient religions of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and northern Europe. It has a very interesting and informative section on religions of the Orient, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc. It contains a large section on Judaism and Islam.
To: The Saints of the Protestant Reformed Churches. From: Mr. & Mrs. Lau Chin Kwee Singapore Address: Apt. Block 99,170-G, Whampoa Drive Singapore 1232. Republic of Singapore. May 17, 1982 Dear brothers and sisters, Greetings to you in the Name of our Almighty, Sovereign God of Heaven and Earth; the Covenant God Who has done wondrous things in ages gone by and even now in our midst! Amen.
There are certain terms in the Bible which we need to study with great care, and they must be interpreted in the light of the immediate context, as well as in the broader context of all the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul and the Apostle Peter both speak of the spiritual submission which all Christians, be they men or women, owe to one another in the fear of God. It is well that this be noticed in this day in which we live.
Making public confession of faith has been called the Christian’s Mount Sinai. What Sinai was for the children of Israel, that confession of faith should be to the Christian. At Mount Sinai the children of Israel did not become the covenant people of God. They were God’s covenant people already. It was only because they were the covenant people of God that God had delivered them out of the land of Egypt. But it was at Mount Sinai that the children of Israel willingly assumed their full responsibility as God’s covenant people. There they received God’s Word and Law.
The urgent calling of the Christian young man and young woman is to live chastely before the Lord. We are exhorted by the Word of God to flee fornication and uncleanness in all of its forms. Knowing that the Lord hates the sins of immorality, as we saw in our last article, we must keep ourselves pure and holy and undefiled. We must maintain absolutely that God has ordained the use of our sexual nature only for marriage.
Crucial to the methodology of Dr. John L. Nevius are a number of factors: 1) There are to be as few paid native preachers (helpers) as possible. 2) The converts ought to build and maintain their own places of worship. 3) Leaders of individual mission stations ought to remain in their station and calling in life. 4) Ideally every convert ought to be the pupil of one more advanced in the faith than he and the teacher of one less advanced than he. By following these methods, Nevius argued, truly indigenous churches can be planted and developed.
A question from our readers: “Will the battle of Armageddon take place in the future, at the end of time, as a military conflict, or is it a spiritual battle fought throughout the ages?” This is an interesting question. The first reference to the battle of Armageddon in the Book of Revelation is found in Revelation 14:18-20: