Classis East met in regular session on September 12, 1984 at the Holland Protestant Reformed Church. Each church was represented by two delegates. Present also were the delegates ad examina from Classis West. Rev. M. DeVries chaired this meeting of Classis.
Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Doon, Iowa on September 5, 6, 1984. Nine ministers and fifteen elders represented the churches of the West. Elders R. Brands (Loveland), J. Lenting (South Holland), H. Molenkamp (Edmonton), and R. Streyle (Doon) were delegated to Classis for the first time and signed the Formula of ” Subscription. Rev. R. Cammenga, president of the previous Classis, opened the meeting of Classis, by r speaking to the delegates from Luke 14:7-11: “. . .
STUDIES IN PAUL’S EPISTLES, by Frederic L. Godet; Kregel Publications, 1984; 345 pp., $11.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) Godet, well-known especially for his commentaries on Romans and I Corinthians, also wrote a book which serves as an excellent introduction to the epistles of Paul. Kregel has recently reprinted this book and we are grateful to Kregel for this, since the book has been available only in old and used editions.
Friendliness is a virtue that should be manifest by the grace of God in our lives as Christians. Christians should be known above all others as people who are warm and friendly. In this also we must reflect the blessed glories of our God. We know our God to be a covenant God, a truth that is very dear to us. As Reformed Christians we know that the covenant of God is the wonderful personal relationship of friendship that God has with His people. The Lord the covenant God takes His people into His own life and fellowship and communion.
Article 8 (cont’d) We have already learned that originally this 8th article of the Nicene Creed was very short. In 325 the Council of Nicea simply confessed, “And I believe in the Holy Ghost.” In 381 the Council of Constantinople added to this article so that it read, “And I believe in the Holy Ghost, Who is Lord and Giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the prophets.” All that was added by Constantinople was designed to establish the true divinity of the Holy...
In our preceding article we presented the Arminian grounds for their conception that we are preserved because we persevere. In the Arminian scheme of things MAN is always first. Salvation is either of God or of man; it is dependent upon God and determined by God or it is dependent upon man and determined by man. It is either conditional or unconditional and sovereign. A third possibility is inconceivable.
As the saying goes, “An apple does not fall far from the tree.” You can, therefore, find the tree without traveling a great distance and without putting forth a great deal of effort. Or, to use the words of Scripture and apply them, as Scripture does, to man, “Train up a child in the way that he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The behavior of a young man will reveal how his parents did or did not bring him up from childhood.