The SB on Cassette

On page 100 under the head “Editorially Speaking . . .” you have an article about the Standard Bearer on cassette tape.

The Christian Observer is interested in doing an article about that. Would you be kind enough to send it or to ask one of the other editors to do so. We have many readers with vision problems.

Personally, we would like to be on the list of those who receive the tapes; for my husband, Edwin Elliott, Sr. is legally blind. We find it difficult to get material for the blind which is worth very much so we are constantly seeking material which will be of interest and some value to him . . . .

Mrs. Edwin P. Elliott, Sr.

Features Editor, The Christian Observer,

Manassas, Virginia

Response

We have asked the Evangelism Society of the Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI to write the article that you request. They will also be delighted to serve readers of Christian Observer who have “vision problems” by sending themThe SB on cassette tape. The Evangelism Society has added Mr. Elliott’s name to the list of those who regularly receive these tapes.

On the Special Issue

It was ever a pleasure to be a reader of The Standard Bearer for these past sixty years. Recently this joy of receiving our paper has not been dimmed. Fact is, I read the articles with increased joy and profit. I have never sent a letter to the editor before, but the last issue triggered this little note to you and the staff and our readers far and wide.

The exalted theme, the strong and courageous stance that ours is the “Theology of Hope,” caused my heart to burn within me!

In my considered judgment the great theme was well subdivided, nicely arranged under suggestive headings, and presented in a very readable and compelling form. Congratulations to all the worthy workmen who participated.

It is my feeling that here we have a good example of what Luke so fondly calls “all with one accord.” Brethren, fellow-readers of The Standard Bearer, you and I heard a mighty, united testimony from bearers of the standard! May none of these witnesses faint in the fray. When filthy errors sweep through the Reformed church world with a horrible unified assault (Acts 7:57), may we stand in one accord for the defense of the truth of the hope of Israel, the hope of both heaven and earth!

May the Lord continue to strengthen your hands. Readers, pray for these faithful writers, that they may continue to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Without such bearers of the banner of the truth, who lift aloft the banner of the truth, there shall cease to be a Standard Bearer worthy of the name!

Yes, then our readers in all the world must know the truth of the gospel of the cross and resurrection which makes men free to press the footsteps of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to seek the city which has foundation, whose architect and builder is God, who does not fail His own promised glory.

(Rev.) George C. Lubbers

Grand Rapids, MI

More on the “Form Of Public Confession”

After rereading the derogatory statements . . . pertaining to our “Form of Public Confession,” I still fail to understand all the criticism. Although I would have no difficulty if at some time our churches decided to add to the form the name of Jesus Christ, this should be done in such a way that He could be distinguished from the Jesus that is professed in some of the so-called Protestant denominations of this land.

Although the name of the “Life-Giver” is not mentioned in the form, to “acknowledge the doctrine contained in the Old and New Testaments and in the Articles of the Christian faith” is to profess the name, Jesus, because not only is He central to this doctrine, He is the reason for its existence. This doctrine, “taught here in this Christian Church,” has been carefully fought for, over the many centuries since the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore I believe it is very proper that our young people be asked to remain faithful to this “true and complete doctrine of salvation” as it is set forth particularly in the Protestant Reformed Churches.

Although I must agree, “There is no salvation apart from that blessed, essential name,” that name needs particular doctrines and creeds to differentiate it from the name of Jesus that is used all about us. This becomes especially apparent at this Christmas season when even the world tries to force its views of humanistic loving and giving upon that name. In conclusion let me state that, although the “Form” may have its imperfections, it is a very far cry from a “powerless” or “lifeless” form and definitely does not smack of stagnancy. It did not when I made profession and it does not now.

Edward Hoekstra

Hudsonville, MI