Defence of the Truth is a website which aims to provide articles which give reformed direction and ‘test the spirits’ in submission to the truth of the Holy Bible, the doctrine of which is confessed in the Three Forms of Unity – The Belgic Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort.

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DGK and GKN move towards unity

Two groups of people who left the RCN (GKv), with each group forming a different church federation, are now progressing towards unity. The first group of about a thousand left in 2003 after repeated calls and appeals had been made for the wayward RCN to return to faithful...

Awaiting Christ’s Return

“… and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10). What is this waiting, this expectation? Expectation involves tension.  I know there are many who do their best to turn the great...

What Led to the Changes in the Reformed Churches in The Netherlands (GKv)?

I’m no expert, I’m just an old minister who still knows Dutch and has family in The Netherlands and has visited The Netherlands numerous times over the past fifty years. As member of the Committee for Relations with Church Abroad (CRCA), I attended the last four synods...

Ratifying Decisions of Synod

The Acts of the latest synod are available on internet and the printed version has been published. And now it’s for the church councils to deal with them. Those Acts of Synod are sent to all church councils and it’s for them to then ratify the...

Pentecost and the ‘seceded’ church

…all with one accord in one place (Acts 2:1a). Yes, say the people today, back in those days it was truly Pentecost. Because then there was true unity! But look at the situation today! The one attends this church, another a church some streets further along. They...

RCN – Deviating and Deluded – a Warning for Us

Perhaps we entertained the possibility that the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (RCN) would engage in some soul-searching and repent now that the Canadian Reformed Churches have followed the Free Reformed Churches of Australia in finally breaking the sister-church relations with the RCN (GKv). But if we...

CanRC break relations with RCN (GKv)

Last week the Canadian Reformed Churches, at their Synod Edmonton, decided to discontinue the sister-church relationship with the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (GKv). The Canadian Reformed Churches were established by GKv migrants back in 1951. The decision to break sister-relations with the GKv (RCN) follows a...

But Dad…!

Christians don’t gamble. Other people may spend billions every year hoping to hit the elusive jackpot, state governments may be delighted with their billion-dollar casinos, hundreds of millions may be bet annually on horses and poker machines, bingo and lotto, but Christians will not be found among...

Some notes on appeals and the authority of the elders in Christ’s church

It was at one of the first consistory meetings of Bedfordale Church that, in a discussion involving a Church Order matter, a brother remarked: “Oh, the Church Order! You can drive a truck through it.” Not an encouraging statement, for sure! And then, someone else exclaimed: “But it works...

Paid – Risen

The apostle Paul said, “we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness” (1 Cor. 1:23). Christ’s death on the cross is the payment to God for the sins of His people and this teaching is central to the reformed faith....