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Once more Mr. L. W. of Spokane raises further questions and offers criticisms the esteemed editor and undersigned deem worthy of answer. But as Mr. W.’s letter is rather lengthy for the Question Box, brief excerpts will be taken from it with answer made as concisely as possible. It had been said (TSB, Mar. 15, 1967, P. 287), “the historic creeds and theological systems contain nothing of” Dispensationalism.

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A reader writes, There is a phrase in the ordination of office bearers that has always bothered me and which I have often thought should be changed.  The phrase is: “Be charitable, ye rich, give liberally, and contribute willingly. And, ye poor, be poor in spirit, and deport yourselves respectfully towards your benefactors. . . .” 

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For the sake of clarity in our discussion, I will quote again the questions raised in our last issue by a reader from Holland, Michigan: “Today one reads much about the new theology, neo-orthodoxy, and recent scientific data which compels theologians to accept new exegetical ideas in regard to the Scriptures. What, must we say about this? Our fathers gave us our Doctrinal Standards. Are they becoming obsolete? Are there really new truths which call for a new interpretation of the Scriptures? Doesn’t the authority of the Scriptures depend on its infallibility?” 

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Are Our Professors Eligible To Be Called? From a Grand Rapids reader comes this question:  “Are the professors at our seminary eligible to be called by one of our congregations? If so, please explain how this is possible, especially after they have received a permanent appointment. Is this appointment after all not permanent?”  Reply 

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From a Michigan reader I received the following inquiry:  “I have this question concerning the Lord’s parable of the prodigal son. Recently I heard this parable interpreted to mean that the elder son, who remained at home, was lost because he did not accept his father’s invitation to go into the feast, which was interpreted to mean the church. Also that the younger son was the only saved one because he returned to the father. Would you please answer in the Standard Bearer, which we as a family enjoy so much because of its Reformed teachings.” 

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Dear Prof. Hanko,  After reading the Standard Bearer of Jan. 1, 1979, I felt like talking to you. The reason is the book review about “Daylight”, by Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven. You wrote: “Most are not of exegetical nature, but are rather brief meditations ‘hanged on’ a given text: all tend to be practical rather than doctrinal. They can be read with profit by those who enjoy devotional literature.”  After I read this I felt worried and concerned. 

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