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Esteemed Editor: May I have just a little space in the Standard Bearer also, to ask a few questions with regard to the article of Rev. Blankespoor in re: the “Declaration of Principles” proposed by our last synod? I am confident that the editor can certainly give Rev. Blankespoor the light he seeks. However, since Rev. Blankespoor is the first to publicly refer to this “declaration” I am interested to know what his difficulties are in this matter. He speaks about origin, intentions, etc., but not one word about contents. I assume that he surely subscribes to the contents of...

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Dear Mr. Editor: A grim contrast presented itself in our Standard Bearer between the report of Classis West and the letter of Hamilton’s Consistory in the issue of September 15. It is a contrast which might possibly leave the impression that our churches are working at odds, at different ends,—an impression which should not be left uncontradicted. And an impression it certainly leaves which ought to be cleared up at once and in a proper manner by the common party involved. I refer, of course, to the contrast between the Rev. Hettinga’s dealings in the vicinity of bur Hamilton congregation...

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Some time ago a request was sent to our people to help financially three ministers and their families who came to us from another denomination, and who are now located in Grand Rapids attending our seminary. This article must serve as a report on the progress of this drive for funds. Our hearts are overjoyed by the liberal response our people have given which, it appears to us, is an evidence of the Lord’s blessing on the entire venture. We have not really begun to hear as yet from our Western Churches which we believe could not be as enthusiastic...

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Esteemed Editor of The Standard Bearer: Having read the Open Letter from Hamilton, many questions arose in my mind. In the first place, what have we really in common with the so-called Liberated Churches or De Gereformeerde Kerken, onderhoudende Art. 31? What binds us together, except that we both were thrown out, unjustly, out of our mother churches? Is there any more unity between us now then when we first came in contact with some of the leaders of this movement? Do they understand our doctrine better now, after all the literature sent to them, and did they come our...

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 Mrs. Crossett is a member of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. The conference took place in Scotland, July 26-August 2. After agreeing to write this article on the British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Conference in Scotland, I spent about thirty seconds thinking, “This will be so easy! So much happened and I had such a great time!” I then spend the next two weeks thinking, “This is going to be so hard! So much happened and I had such a great time!” Figuring out how to share this amazing trip with people who have not experienced it, without writing a...

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Chatham, October 14, 1950 To Professor Rev. H. Hoeksema, Editor of the Standard Bearer Esteemed Editor I read in the Standard Bearer, number 1, October 1, 1950, under “Contribution” the following of Mr. A.H. Haan: “But, the error of the Liberated Churches with regards to the Covenant and the error of Common Grace in the Christian Reformed Churches are simply one and the same error.” I should like to know of Mr. A. Haan in the Standard Bearer regarding the error of the Liberated Churches relative the Covenant. It is the first time that I have read and heard, that...

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I think I can be brief in answering your questions. In the first place, I could refer you almost entirely to the article of our Editor, the Rev. H. Hoeksema, in the same issue of the Standard Bearer, “Criticism and Its Answer”. As to what we have in common, see page 52, the first part of the article, where we see that having the same Three Forms of Unity means very little. Secondly, regarding the charge that I generalize, read page 56, right column, lower half. Also concerning the “Januskop” read page 55, right column, lower half. And about your...

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Esteemed Editor: For twenty-five years we as churches have labored among those who cast us out. And for twenty-five years we have felt somewhat as the prophet when he said, “All day long have I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people”. And for twenty-five years we have labored among those who differ from us and have done so without so-called indispensable declarations of principles. Not only have we bestowed labor upon them but we have, as it were, plucked out from among them that small kernel which confessed that God is sovereign, gracious only to...

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Rev. Petter does not write the truth about the “Declaration”. He does not write the truth about us, who urge the adoption of the “Declaration”. He does not write the truth about our last Synod by whom the “Declaration” was drafted and tentatively adopted. He does not write the truth about Rev. Hoeksema. He brings us one and all under a thick cloud. I have need of making this plain. 1. First to be considered is this excerpt from Rev. Fetter’s writings: “As to the origination (of the “Declaration”) there already has been some brow-raising and it is no wonder...

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