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Rev. Slopsema has declined the call from our Lynden Church in Washington; Rev. Van Baren has declined the call from our Hull Church in Iowa; and Rev. Engelsma has declined the call from our Edgerton Church in Minnesota. With the advance of the Mission Committee the consistory of Holland Church, Michigan, has authorized Rev. R. Miersma to organize a Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Wellington, New Zealand, on the basis of the Three Forms of Unity, into an indigenous congregation. The organization took place March 17.
A reader sent in the question: “I Kings 21:29. Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before Me? because he humbleth himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his sons’ days will I bring the evil upon him. Acceptance of Ahab’s humbleness is a bit puzzling to me. Could you explain?”
“And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him.” Luke 23:33
Article 10 (cont’d.) Article 10 of the Nicene Creed reads, “We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” In this article the early church acknowledged first of all the existence of one baptism. This idea we considered in our last article. The early church also connected baptism to the remission of sins. She also confessed in this article that baptism is for the remission of sins. It is this idea that we now consider.
With some variation in detail the mission writers we have studied (John L. Nevius, Henry Venn, Rufus Anderson) agree that the missionary must strive to establish self-supporting, self-governing, self-propagating indigenous churches. What has become known as the “three self formula” is helpful and has validity provided the terms be carefully defined along Biblical, Confessional lines. This has not always been done; neither have missionaries implemented this method along Biblical lines in many instances.
South African Church Breaks from R.E.S. The Christian News, Feb. 18, 1985, (and other publications) reports the break of the largest Reformed Church in South Africa from the R.E.S.:
When Esther finally made known to the king her request, that her life and the lives of her people be spared from the death decreed upon them, she branded the whole plot of Haman as an act of selling her and her people to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. And she was correct in this. Esther 3:9 makes it plain that Haman bought from the king the decree to exterminate all the Jews in the kingdom.
In our last article we began a discussion of those parts of the worship service which go under the name of Salutation, Votum, and Benediction.
In Clarion (Jan. 25, p. 29) the Rev. W. Pouwelse begins a response to my editorial of last October 15 in which I asked for correction of several distortions of our Protestant Reformed position. In this first installment Mr. Pouwelse deals with the matter of distortions in connection with the First Point of 1924. In my editorial I complained that the Rev. Pouwelse’s earlier article suggested that it was Kuyper’s theory of presumptive regeneration which crept into the Christian Reformed Churches in America in 1924. This matter the Rev. Pouwelse now has cleared up.
The title of this editorial is also the name of a new bookstore which will soon be opened in the Hudsonville Shopping Plaza. What? Has the Standard Bearer taken to promoting commercial projects and advertising the opening of new businesses?