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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Church Services – the new (ab)normal

Unsurprisingly our Canadian sister churches have also moved to live-streaming the church services. I pass on (below and slightly updated) a pertinent pastoral letter about this from Rev Rodney Vermeulen to his congregation following their first live-streaming church service. His message is of relevance to us all....

Lack Wisdom? Ask God.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).Hands up if you lack wisdom? Is yours in the air? Mine is. As our current situation goes on with no end in...

Pastoral Encouragement

The federal government’s decision to ban gatherings of people in public buildings has meant that churches have had to resort to livestreaming church services. It is a totally new situation and challenges the believers, office bearers and ministers in various ways. Ministers have sent out pastoral letters....

The coronavirus and prayer for repentance

Revelation 9:20,21 shows that the plagues God unleashes upon the world have as purpose the repentance of mankind. So, we should pray that, if it may please the Lord, He will grant repentance; that He would turn the hearts of the leaders to honour Him and that...

Psalm 91 and the Coronavirus

  “A thousand may fall at your side,And ten thousand at your right hand;But it shall not come near you…No evil shall befall you,Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Psalm 91:7 & 10) As in the past, when pandemics threatened the lives of thousands, believers sought comfort...

Denominationalism (4)

Rev C Stam concluded his series of articles on ‘Denominationalism’ with the following article. It’s all so pertinent and fluent that, rather than summarise this segment, I’ve republished it here in its entirety. Is the Church a ‘Human Effort'? “In order to get back into the material, I may...

Denominationalism (3)

Rev Stam, we saw, links denominationalism to the idea of the invisible church made up of all the elect from different types of churches. Consequently it doesn’t matter so much to which church you belong as long as you are one of the elect, and that’s best...

Denominationalism (2)

In the previous article we saw that denominationalism originated in America and is the belief that the church of the Lord Jesus Christ consists of a huge variety of ‘denominations’. Despite their differences in doctrine and practices, they recognise one another as legitimate churches of the Lord...

Denominationalism (1)

It’s amazing really: every Sunday we hear and confess the Apostles’ Creed and say in our hearts that we believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—even though we’ve never seen God. That’s faith: “the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). In our confessions, too,...

Everyone Created in God’s Image?

Are all children created in God’s image? Many people who want to serve the LORD say yes. Various books on Christian education use this as the starting point for educating children. Sometimes one also hears this view made by people at Bible study meetings, by reformed teachers...