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The Word of God is very severe in its condemnation of false teachers. And this condemnation does not only concern their false doctrine, but also their motives and methods. Many Christians often are inclined to assume a sympathetic attitude to the preachers of false doctrines, even though they do not agree with their tenets. We speak of having respect for the opinions of others, and forget that the doctrine of the Word of God is not a matter of opinion. Or we take the charitable view that a man may honestly err, and that, therefore, you cannot ascribe the teaching...

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The apostle Paul writes to the church at Rome (Rom. 16:17, 18): “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” The context of this passage is peculiar. We would not expect such an exhortation here. It occurs in the midst of greetings and salutations and blessings. Admonitions to watch and beware of false teachers are, of course,...

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In the same issue of The Banner from which we quoted above we also read the following item: “The discussion of the subject at the synod of Sneek led to an incident which will interest our readers. Prof. K. Schilder remarked that they should seek contact with the Protestant Reformed Church of the United States, especially because they correspond with ehurch.es with which they have much less in common, for instance the Reformed Church in America, which has Free Masons among its members. Prof. G. Ch. Aalders, who represented his Church at our synod this year, was of a different...

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What is the proper attitude of the Christian with respect to the wars of the world, to war as such; may the Christian ever actively participate in war; may he ever refuse to serve in war when his country calls him? On these questions we wrote a few articles in our Standard Bearer about four years ago. The practical interest and significance of them appears much more real today, now another war broke out in Europe, and we do not know as yet how the conflagration may spread. And now we learn from The Calvin Forum that the Synod of...

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At the time of the writing of this article there still is something about the present European war that makes one wonder and creates a feeling of suspicion and doubt. Whether or not a general European conflict is in the offing is somewhat doubtful. From the very beginning there was something strange about this war. The bone of contention or, at least, the immediate occasion of the outbreak of the war was Poland. Germany demanded Danzig and a passage through the “Corridor.” Poland refused. She formed an alliance with England and France, who encouraged her in her stand against the...

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Under the heading “Confusion” the editor of The Banner recently wrote the following: “Those who know what Professor L. Berkhof has written and believes on the subject of common grace and also read De Reformatie must have smiled when they read a recent article in the latter, written by its editor-in-chief, in which Prof. Berkhof is represented as having doubt, to say the least, whether there is an attitude (“gezindheid”) of favor in God toward the reprobate. “A quotation from Prof. Berkhof’s book on common grace is supposed to prove that strange contention. The statement was found that there is...

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In its “Testimony” with regard to membership of worldly unions the Consistory of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids also inserted the following paragraph: “In view of the present industrial conditions, the gigantic corporations and mass production, the Consistory recognizes the fact that the individual laborer can hardly have a position and collective bargaining and organization are often necessary. And, therefore, although we cannot in every respect agree with the existing C.L.A., we would advise you to support it and use your influence with that organization.” A few parties expressed their disagreement with this advice of the Consistory....

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The editorial in The Christian Labor Herald to which we referred in the preceding number of our paper, continues as follows: There are a number of reasons for that mistaken idea, a few of which we shall touch on. First of all such a position is due to the old idea of rugged individualism, according to which each man has to look out for himself, should not be influenced or interfered with by others. That totally unscriptural idea is still popular among certain people today. But, there is a very plain teaching of Scripture which says that we are our...

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Our Synodical Stated Clerk received a second letter from the consistory of the “Protesting Christian Reformed Church” of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the purpose of which is, evidently, to repeal the first letter in regard to the same matter. The Stated Clerk, Rev. D. Jonker, delivered the letter to undersigned as chairman of the committee in this matter, appointed by our Synod; and undersigned hereby gives notice to the other members of the same committee of the receipt and contents of this letter. I do not consider it necessary to convoke the committee. However, if they should think otherwise, let them inform...

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Recently we wrote an article on “Banner Ethics.” It was in connection with The Banner’s refusal of the reply of our home missionary, the Rev. Kok, to insinuations which the editor of that paper published against our missionary. I now wish to call attention to Banner manners. Manners and ethics are more closely related than many people would be willing to admit. Bad manners are often rooted in bad ethics. Take, for example, the treatment accorded Dr. Schilder by The Banner. We all remember what was done before this distinguished theologian had left the old country to visit our shores....

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