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The Fifth Reformed Ecumenical Synod

It is, of course, generally known that the Fifth Reformed Ecumenical Synod (the RES) is scheduled to meet in Grand Rapids, Mich.. on August 7 of this year. The Agenda bas been published and distributed. It is a booklet of 128 pages and contains eight Reports as well as Correspondence of three affiliated Churches. The “Rules […]

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“Denominationalism” is the existence of more than one denomination or organization of churches side by side. It is found practically throughout Christendom. The conviction that it is wrong and contrary to Scripture is quite general at present. Many. yes, doubtless, the great majority appear to be convinced that the situation calls for a radical change, and […]

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Division of Labor and yet Mutual Interest

The Reformed Ecumenical Synod which met in Potchefstroom, South Africa, in 1958 adopted certain resolutions pertaining to “Creation and Evolution.” It is not my purpose to discuss those resolutions as such. However, in one of them the Synod admonished the Church to adhere to its divinely assigned task, “to preach the Word of God,” and not to meddle […]

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The Significance of General Revelation

In our thinking and intellectual labors we are compelled to make distinctions. This is at least in part due to the limited capacity of our minds. However, the danger exists that distinctions are treated as if they were separations, so that the one part is evaluated independently from the other. In such cases we fail to […]

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The Relation Between General and Special Revelation

Can General Revelation be understood apart from Special Revelation? Can there be a conflict between the two? Which is superior? Does General Revelation reveal things concerning God which are not taught in Scripture? What benefit can we derive from General Revelation? Some of these questions are discussed in the significant article that follows; others are […]

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Are Office-bearers Bound in Their Beliefs?

The question whether office-bearers and ecclesiastical assemblies in the Christian Reformed Church arc bound to certain dogmas and courses of procedure may seem to he superfluous. We have our Doctrinal Standards as well as the Church Order. Of course, these arc binding for all who subscribe to them. Yet this obvious fact may be forgotten and […]

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Dr. Lever’s View of Creation

This then being the situation, the question must be put whether evolutionism can be harmonized with Scripture. Dr. J. Lever insists that this is possible. He rejects the theory of a mechanical or materialistic evolution. Says he, “…for a Christian there can be no question of an autonomous evolution of the one into the other, but […]

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Confessing a Holy Catholic Church

It is, of course, a matter of fact that the Christian Reformed Church exists separately. It is distinct from all other denominations—it has its own congregations, classes, synods. This separate and distinct existence of the Christian Reformed Church produces problems. One wonders whether it does not clash with the very confession to which the Christian Reformed […]

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Artificial Insemination

The practice of artificial insemination may be approached from various angles. It has a medical or biological aspect. Then again it raises legal questions, and the act itself as well as the status of the child thus born must be considered. In addition there certainly is it religious or ethical side to the subject and one must ask […]

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