Romans 1:21

The Preacher:

Howard G. Hageman was President in 1959 of the General Synod, Reformed Church in America. He was Lector at New Brunswick Seminary (Liturgics) from 1952–57, and Exchange Lecturer in Theology to the Union of South Africa in 1956. He holds the A.B. from Harvard University, B.D. from New Brunswick Seminary, and was awarded the honorary D.D. by Central College, Pella, Iowa, in 1957. He is author of two books, Lily Among the Thorns and We Call This Friday Good, published this year. Dr. Hageman is also an amateur organist. He has traveled twice to Europe, in the summers of 1950 and 1953.

The Text:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Heidelberg Catechism #86

Q. Since then we are redeemed from our misery by grace through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we do good works?

A. Because Christ, after He hath redeemed us by His blood, also reneweth us by His Holy Spirit in His own likeness, that with our whole life we may show ourselves thankful to God for His blessing and that He may be praised by us; then also that we in ourselves may be assured of our faith from its fruits, and by our godly walk may win our neighbors to Christ.

Even the casual observer of the American scene is struck today by a strange fact. America seems to be on a religious boom and a moral bust! Pick up the daily paper and on one page you will read of crowded churches, bigger budgets, and new buildings. All the statistics will clearly indicate that never before in history has the American Church been so prosperous or commanded the allegiance of so large a percentage of the population. But turn to the next page ...

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