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Esteemed Editor: May I have just a bit of space to answer the questions raised by Mr. Gritter in regard to my former contribution? In the first place it appears that Mr. Gritter does not know that the following words, among many others, are also synonyms for adversary and opponent: adverse party, opposition, disputant and contestant. I have quoted from what is generally accepted as an authority, namely, Roget’s Thesaurus. Can it be possible that he has never heard of a debate wherein one party addresses the other as “my opponent”? His second question stems from his failure to follow...

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The word—Responsibility—since 1924has become one of the three words today used, also in our religious vocabulary. It fits neatly in our language, vividly expressing ideas and thoughts; pertaining to our activities in life. As was said, the word is especially used denoting religious ideas and sentiment, depicting a kind of religious exaltation, exhibiting some kind of pious satisfaction. In this capacity it is much used in connection with the sovereignty of God, in combination with the by God declared total depravity of men. The word applied in this sense, is theologically used to convey the idea and to uphold the...

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Editor, The Standard Bearer, The undersigned read your most interesting remarks upon THE DESCEMSION INTO HELL appearing on page 457 of the Standard Bearer of Aug. 1945. I have no criticism to offer, for I agree with your explanations of the 44th question and answer of our Catechism, discussed by you upon said page. Although agreeing with you, I am nevertheless not satisfied with the answer of the Catechism, nor your explanation as given by you and others explaining this part of our Catechism. There seems to be a serious void which has no reason of existence, as I see...

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Of this we were reminded when we read in the Banner of March 22, page 381, the following news item in connection with the classical meeting of Classis Kalamazoo, Feb. 20, 1946: “The Reconciliation Committee reported that it had effected the union, with the cooperation of the Classical Committee, between the congregation now known as the Grace Christian Reformed Church and the Christian Reformed denomination, on November 1, 1945. Classis is deeply grateful to the King of the Church that he has blessed the efforts that have been put forth so that this union could be affected.” First of all,...

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The second point with respect to which the Holy Spirit will convict the world is that of righteousness, Here again we have the same indefinite form of expression that we encounter in the other two members. However it is here especially evident that the relation must be expressed by “concerning”, or “in respect to” for it is evident that the world is not convicted of its own righteousness but that it is compelled to concede to righteousness in some respect, which must now further appear from the course of the Savior’s statement. But what righteousness is this, or whose? We...

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(Convinced by the Judgment of the World-ruler) The question should be faced: How is the conviction carried to the conscience of men that the unbelieving world shall be judged and sentenced? In answering this we must of course remember that if the sentence of the world-ruler is to serve as ground for the conviction in men’s hearts that the world faces sentence, then that sentence over the ruler must be an evident, a tangible fact. And this leads us to look for that historical fact. It is most safe to turn to the life of Christ for the appearance of...

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Dear Editor: I would like to add my approval and support to your editorial on, “A CLOSED SHOP WITH A LOOPHOLE”, however, we are wasting time and energy trying to convert the Christian Labor Association to a Christian Labor Association. But to strengthen and fortify those of like faith, it is well that such things be published. Consider the C. L. A. as it is established and lead by its leadership. In the first place, the constitution sets forth and plainly states in its conception that its AIM is to ORGANIZE WORKERS—that its PURPOSE is to ESTABLISH JUSTICE in the...

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May 31, 1947 Esteemed Editor of the Standard Bearer: Not being used to writing in public, I hesitate to ask for a little pace in the above-mentioned paper for the following remarks. Having followed the discussion between the two editors, namely of the “Standard Bearer” and the “Christian Labor Herald”, I as an ex-C.L.A. member was disappointed with the answer given by the Standard Bearer Editor in the May 15 issue. The Rev. H. H. states in the first place that Mr. Gritter made a poor job of defending the present stand and action of the C.L.A. in regard to...

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168 Reed Ave., Holland, Mich. May 19, 1947 Dear Brother and Editor: Irrespective of what I think of the balance of your article, in answer to me in the Standard Bearer of April 1, 1947, in re Ladies Aid Sales, there are several of your remarks with which I am not satisfied. The very unbrotherly, if not sarcastic and untruthful, accusations which you hurled at me 1 feel to be sinful on your part, since you place me before the brethren of our Churches and the reading public as a vandal—feigning under the cloak of a Christian, (using the Word...

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During the past several months it has been revealed through the Lord’s guidance, that our congregation at Holland received another pastor and shepherd. And although this is a change in that we no. longer hear the voice of our former pastor Rev. W. Hofman, and now hear our present pastor Rev. B. Kok, essentially nothing new has taken place in that both of these beloved brethren set forth to us the Word of life.

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