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In the Missionary Monthly Dr. Beets comments on the latest news item concerning Dr. Schilder and his suspension as follows: Great names have adorned that Theological School of the Seceder Church. Van Velzen, Srummelkamp, and in later years the famous Dr. Herman Bavinck. More recently we think of the beloved Profs. Bouwman and Greydanus and Honig. When Prof. Honig was retired a young and able preacher was chosen to succeed him: Klaas Schilder. An able man. Highly gifted. Clever. He received part of his higher training in Germany. Relations between him and the brethren of the Free University must have...

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We received the following communication: Dear Mr. Editor, We were astonished to read on page 470 of the Standard Bearer of September 1, 1944, what Mr. Richard Tempelman had written to you in a personal letter. He undoubtedly did not intend it for publication. And, Mr. Editor, we were mystified also by your action. What did you hope to gain by the publication of that letter, without having tried to verify its contents? Surely it could serve no good purpose. As to the contents of the letter: we will answer the charges. We particularly resent the attack upon the Convention...

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The origin of this church lies in Europe. It is, in part, to be traced to the Zwinglian Reformation in Switzerland, in the beginning of the sixteenth century, and partly also to some of the followers of the Reformation in Germany, who could not fully agree with all the Lutheran views, but were of a rather Calvinistic type. These instituted the German Reformed Church. Because the Heidelberg Catechism is part of our Confessions, we are, of course, acquainted with the fact that Frederick III, elector of the Palatinate, instructed Zacharius Ursinus, and Caspar Olevianus, professors, in the university of Heidelberg,...

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The inserted photo (SEE ATTACHED PDF TO VIEW PHOTO), is in a sense, a picture of the conference that was held during the latter part of September in Kassel, South Dakota, and the membership of which consisted of some ministers and elders of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and some of our own ministers. I say, “in a sense,” because it is somewhat difficult to determine the exact limits of this conference as far as its membership is concerned. Strictly speaking, it was a conference of some brethren of the above mentioned church, the synodical committee of our own churches,...

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The union of the Reformed Church in the United States  and the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church was really effected in the year 1934. As early as 1932, the General Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States adopted a tentative plan of union, which was referred to the several classes of that denomination (as well as to the districts of the Evangelical Church), and which was adopted at a special meeting of the same General Synod held in Cleveland, Ohio in 1934. This plan consisted of twelve articles, which, for a full understanding of the matter, we quote here in...

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To us, who cannot conceive of any organic union of churches except on the basis of a common confession of faith, and who take this fundamental requisite seriously, it is somewhat amazing that the General Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States could, in 1982, unanimously adopt the Plan of Union, which we published in the last issue of our paper, and thus virtually, subject to the approval of their classes, accomplish the merger of the Church they represented with the Evangelical Synod of North America. Yet, thus it was decided. We read (An Examination and Criticism, p....

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In connection with a contemplated drive for funds to enlarge the Grand Rapids Christian High School, I was asked to write an editorial of recommendation. I realize that it is somewhat extraordinary to comply with this request. For, first of all, it concerns a purely local matter, and that, too, one that has no interest for our churches in general. And The Standard Bearer is not a local paper, but meant for all our people. Besides, it is difficult to avoid the impression that this article is written for propaganda purposes. And our publication is not interested in any form...

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The caption of this article expresses in brief the contents of an editorial in The Banner of Nov. 10, 1944. Basing his remarks on a sentence or two of very incomplete and hardly trustworthy information concerning the “discharge’’ of Dr. Schilder that appeared in a Dutch publication printed in London, England, the Rev. H. J. Kuiper reminds his readers of the warning he sounded against inviting the well-known brother from the Netherlands to speak in the Christian Reformed Churches at the time when he was visiting here, because of his alleged unsound views regarding common grace. The editor calls attention...

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We stated that the action of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States, in 1932, whereby the proposed Plan of Union was unanimously adopted, must be considered of principal importance. For, as fair as the Synod was concerned, the Reformed Church had simply shifted to the confessional basis of the Evangelical Synod of North America: the Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Catechism, and the Heidelberg Catechism. However, we recall that this resolution and proposal was to be referred to the classes of the Reformed Church in the United States, and to the districts of the Evangelical Synod of...

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The above caption characterizes a good deal of so-called “evangelical” preaching in our country. A very good illustration of this may be found in la, book that was recently sent to me by the Zondervan Publishing House. The book bears the title “Ye Must Be Born Again,” and its author is Hyman Appelman, who himself attributes, the sensationalism that characterizes his preaching to the fact that he is a converted Jew. Since I received the book, the author was invited to conduct a series of “evangelistic” meetings in Grand Rapids, which by this time are concluded. Moreover, the editor of...

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