Article 8: And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life; Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets.
From the April issue of Across the Aide, Rev. Arie and Sherry den Hartog write in part, “Let me begin by telling you what is uppermost in our hearts and mind. We thank the Lord for the gift of a son to our family last week Tuesday, Matthew Farrand. We are so thankful that the Lord has given us six healthy children. Both mother and son are doing well. . . . We are very thankful also that many of the members of the church are helping out in the home. Two ladies are taking turns bringing in the meal for...
(In the last paragraph Kuyper has concluded his discussion of how an individual engages in church reformation and finally makes a break with his church when such church reformation proves impossible from within: In, the following paragraph, Kuyper goes on to discuss the whole concept of the true and the false church for reasons which he himself gives.)
It follows from the fact that we have been saved by the wonderful sovereign grace of God that we have now become His servants. We now owe our whole life to the Lord. We are not our own to live unto ourselves. We must live unto Him who has delivered us from death and from judgment. If one therefore confesses that God is his sovereign Lord and God, and on the other hand refuses to serve Him, such a one is no better than a hypocrite. If we love the Lord we will earnestly desire to serve Him.
(The Views of Rufus Anderson) The fundamental principle of Anderson’s (1796- 1880) views on missions is this: the aim of mission work must be the gathering of indigenous churches which are self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. In this connection Anderson stressed that the task of the missionary is solely evangelism, i.e., the preaching and the teaching of the gospel. The missionary is not to engage in the work of civilization.
In our preceding article on the subject of Preservation and Perseverance, we called attention to the fact that these truths are confessional. As one might expect, the preservation and perseverance of the saints are set forth particularly in the fifth head of our Canons, although we also read of them in Heads III and IV of these Canons. However, also the Scriptures, of course, emphasize the certainty of the everlasting salvation of the church of God. We say “of course” because these Canons, we know, are based upon the Word of God.
Is Christ’s Suffering? With some hesitation I continue to comment on the installation of the Rev. Marchiene Rienstra at Hope Reformed Church at Holland, Michigan. I hesitate because an end must come in condemning this kind of wrong which so many wish to embrace openly anyway. Those who would receive women into the offices within the church remain of the same mind still.
In our last article on the order of worship we discussed the question of the reading of the law in the worship service. Usually, within our Protestant Reformed Churches, the law is read in the morning worship service and the Apostles’ Creed is read in the afternoon or evening service. In this article we shall discuss the reading of the Apostles’ Creed. There are several aspects to this question which need to be discussed, all of which are worth some thought and consideration. We shall treat these different aspects separately.
In recent weeks more than once the subject has arisen of the possibility of a division, a split, in the Christian Reformed Church. I have seen it mentioned in more than one of the papers which circulate among Christian Reformed people. More than once this subject arose in connection with a proposed meeting in the Chicago area which has been advertised, for example, in The Outlook (April, ’84, p.