From an aged sister in Grand Rapids comes the following question: “Here I come with a question, rather old-fashioned in nature; but to me it is always of importance.
Question Before answering this question I should point out that this is not one of the questions handed in at the question hour after my recent lecture in First Church on “Why Are We Protestant Reformed?” My plan is to try to answer all of those questions in the June issue. The present question is one which has been in the Question Box for some time. It, along with some others, came from a reader in Jenison, Michigan who informs me that he had a discussion about this passage.
[Note: This is a special edition of Question Box. My recent lecture in First Church, Grand Rapids, was followed by a question period. The question period, however, was not long enough for the answering of all the questions. The promise was made, therefore that any questions which were not answered at the meeting would be answered in writing in a later issue of the Standard Bearer. This prom-ise I now try to fulfill.
About a year ago I answered some questions about this subject. In that answer I maintained—and my questioners agree with me on this point—that God’s covenant is unbreakable, that is, eternal and faithful. In the course of my answer I also made the following statement: “Finally, I think it should be pointed out that we sometimes speak rather loosely and inaccurately in connection with the sins of those who are brought up in and live in the sphere of God’s covenant in the midst of the world of those sins as being a breaking of the covenant. . .
[Note: This is the continuation of my answers to questions submitted at the question period last spring following my lecture on “Why Are We Protestant Reformed?” The first installment appeared in the June issue. HCH] Question In what way is the radio ministry mission work? Is it not by preaching, according to Romans 10:13-17?
CONCERNING A DIALOGUE CHURCH One of our California readers asked me to make some comments about the idea of a dialogue church, sometimes also called a modalities church. My questioner left his question general, but I assume that he desires some comments on the right or wrong of such a dialogue church, as well as on the dangers of it.
About Mediate and Immediate Regeneration Question From a reader in Ontario, Canada I received the following questions: “In the Standard Bearer of February 15, ’76 I found that according to The Vidalia Resolution (see All Around Us) ‘Through the gospel the children of God are instructed and fed, strengthened and rebuked, exhorted and corrected; but nowhere does the Bible teach that God uses the gospel as a means of regenerating sinners.’
From Lynden, Washington we received the following questions concerning the origin of the soul: “Do we receive or inherit our souls from our natural parents? If so, from father, or mother, or both? That would seem to pose some difficulties. If not, is each individual soul an immediate creative act of God? Consequently, is God still creating?
A reader sent in a letter which I quote in part: “From most of that which I have read, of which I have quoted some, which without doubt, could be multiplied by you, I get the firm impression, that through the fall we lost the image of God. “Now comes the question. Again and again I come across writings that either slightly contradict, or add something that to my mind confuses the subject, sometimes coming from the same sources or author.
Writing a Minister-elect A question was given to me by one of the readers of the Standard Bearer who wishes to know whether it is proper for the consistory and members of a vacant congregation to write to a minister whom they have called.