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Esteemed Editor: At the last meeting of the R.F.P.A. the Board decided to inform the writer of “News from our Churches” to write a little more news abort our Churches. Now as I have said and written before: If I do not receive news, then I can’t write it, and therefore I would ask the different consistories of our Churches in and around about Grand Rapids: please send in the news, so I can place it. It is much easier for me; and some of the readers like it better. There were a goodly number who took my last article...

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Dear Mr. Editor: I was very sorry to read the article “Gedachten Over De C. L. A.” by A. H. This article had reference to a group of Christian men and women who have banded together to give help, advice and support, not alone to its own members but also to those outside of its organization, who have conscientious objections to joining with the worldly unions,. The C. L. A. in its struggle does not seem to be understood, not even among the leaders in our own churches. I think it is the duty of our laboring men to investigate...

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Esteemed Editor of the Standard Bearer: May I have a small space in the Standard Bearer? Rev. Hanko has in a private conversation express to me the wish that I write again on the strike problem. And I told him the title of my next assigned article does not lend itself to that subject but that J would try to write a little contribution. First, then, I want to state that it is a pleasure to discuss with Rev. Hanko. His tone makes it easy to keep the issue to the fore and to come close together, and should also...

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Esteemed Editor of the Standard Bearer, May I have a little space in your paper. In the last Standard Bearer appears an article by Mr. Ten Elshof that occasions me to write. I take it upon the word of Mr. Ten Elshof that these things he relates in connection with the C.L.A. are facts and that is what we need in all these problems that surround us as Christians. We need principles and facts. And this series of Mr. T. E., some of which I consider very serious, show how badly we need to discuss these problems. Do such things...

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Dear Editor, On our last Classis, one Consistory came with a protest against the action of a neighboring Consistory, for admitting to the Lord’s Supper members that came to them from the first mentioned Consistory without the proper testimony of a godly walk. As I understand it, the protesting Consistory did not go in a body to the other, but just sent a cold letter of protest, (for a mere letter to settle difficulties between two parties, who confess the name of Christ is always cold). The neighboring Consistory did not give satisfaction, and so this protest came to Classis....

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Dear Mr. Editor, Will you please give me another opportunity to reply to Mr. Ten Elshof? I hope that your patience and that of the readers is not being overtaxed. I am very glad that brother Ten Elshof has struck a better tone, at least toward me if not toward the C.L.A. I noticed also that the arguments I presented’ in my previous article and the questions asked were passed over very lightly and that the main burden of the brother’s last article is a more direct attack upon the organization which I defend. In regard to that being more...

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Rev. H. Hoeksema Dear Editor: In reading the Schedule for 1943 and 1944: I felt that there would be much valuable reading material for the Standard Bearer reader. This is especially true when we are to have debates on such vital subjects as mentioned. Others could be added such as: Have Elders the right to serve in office without a general knowledge of the Three Forms of Unity, in accordance with God’s Word; as also a fair to good knowledge of the church order. I am excluding the Ministers here. To me it is self-evident that they have this knowledge,...

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Esteemed Editor: I have read your articles on the Christian Reformed Synod on the Labor Unions and because of the tremendous threat that unionism holds for the Christian I want to raise a question and a suggestion. 1. In your criticism it is assumed that a neutral union is impossible, and yet do we not in practice countenance the neutral farm union, businessmen’s union, professional-men’s union? Does only the laborer fall under the principle “He that is not with Me is against Me”? Or is it after all the constitution and the conduct by which we must judge an organization....

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Dear editor: I wish to show you where I feel your interpretation of Matt. 19:9 is hardly in harmony with that which the Lord seems to imply. For the Lord states that there is an exception to prohibition to leave one’s wife, and to marry another. The exception is fornication. The text, therefore, it seems to me, could be read this way: “Whosoever shall put away his wife for fornication, and marry another, does not commit adultery.” Now, your illustration does not include this exception as applied to the wife, whose husband has left her, and intends to remain permanently...

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Esteemed Editor: Allow me please a little space for a reply to your article entitled “As to ‘Touchy Topics.’” But first let me thank you for your generosity in allowing my material to be published in its entirety even though I apparently came in the back door after the guests had been advised as to who and what was to be found in the chambers of the Standard Bearer. I shall make no conjectures for this manner of dealing nor shall I allow myself to be disturbed by the conjectures and insinuations of others. In the first place you seemingly...

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