This article is written by Rev. Arie denHartog and will be published in the September 1, 2019 issue of the Standard Bearer. Click to read this article as printed in the September 1, 2019 issue. ____________ Father’s influence in the covenant home Evil things are happening...
The reader will remember that some months ago [Issue 3, 11/1/1965] I criticized an essay by Dr. Billy Graham on "The New Birth." This essay was published by Christianity Todayas one of a series of essays on "Fundamentals of Faith." But the essay itself was excerpted from Dr. Graham's recent book, "World Aflame."
Partly through some correspondence with a Calvinist friend in England who was also interested in this book of Graham, and partly, I suppose, out of a certain innate curiosity and desire "to see for myself", I purchased the book. I wanted to see whether the entire book was like the sample given in the essay on "The New Birth."
Well, it is,—and worse. And I am more convinced than ever that for Reformed churches to follow and support Billy Graham's teaching and preaching is to commit ecclesiastical suicide.
But I will not stay with generalities.
I was particularly interested in discovering whether or not I had correctly judged Graham's doctrine of the natural man when, I claimed that in his doctrine of the new birth Graham denied that the natural man is totally depraved. I wanted to discover whether or not Dr. Graham expressed himself very plainly on the subject.
And I discovered that he does so and that my evaluation was correct.
Those were the Dark Ages, the days of knights and castles and kings and queens, of monasteries, Vikings, and monks. But one monk stood out from all the rest. One monk stood firm for the truth he believed though no one stood with him at all. This is the story of Gottschalk of Orbais, a light of truth in the darkness of his age—a light of truth in ours.
For several years the RFPA has discussed publishing books for younger readers and Gottschalk: Servant of God represents our first effort. This book is intended for junior high and high school ages. Because the story is intriguing and the history of Gottschalk is not well-known, adults will also enjoy this book and find it profitable.
"Gottschalk is my hero."—Herman Hanko
"...students...student's parents, their elders and ministers. This is a volume they could all read with profound benefit."—Marvin Kamps
"Honestly, it is a very, very good book."—7th grade student
Ebook version available in .mobi format (for Kindle users) and .epub (all other devices).
Gottschalk: Medieval Confessor of God's Absolute Sovereignty