The reproduced advertisement and accompanying note were inserted in an article by the Rev. Dirk J. Hart, minister of evangelism for the Christian Reformed Church. Sometimes one hardly knows whether to laugh or to cry about things that are said about our Protestant Reformed Churches and their activities. The problem is created by the fact that there seems to be something rather sillily desperate about an insert of this kind. And what does one do in a case like that—laugh at the silliness, or cry about the desperation?
Ques. 69. How art thou admonished and assured by holy baptism that the one sacrifice of Christ upon the cross is of real advantage to thee? Ans. Thus: that Christ appointed this external washing with water, adding thereto this promise, that I am as certainly washed by His blood and Spirit from all the pollution of my soul, that is, from all my sins, as I am washed externally with water, by which the filthiness of the body is commonly washed away.