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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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...

in God’s house

“…it was too painful for me – until I went into the sanctuary of God” (Psalm 73:16b, 17a) Read Psalm 73 and you can picture Asaph looking around him. He sees the prosperity of the wicked. They’re leading the good life – plenty of food, healthy bodies, carefree...

President Trump’s Declaration on Abortion

Today I want to pass on President Trump’s “Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020”. Issued just a few days ago (January 21), it reflects a significant shift in position about abortion ever since a supreme court decision legalized it almost half a century ago....

GKv – kissing sister relations goodbye?

You may be aware that presently there’s a GKv (RCN) synod taking place at Goes in the Netherlands and that, despite the FRCA having broken sister relations with the GKv, two of our deputies were (or still are) there to hand their counterparts in the GKv an...

The unchanging Christ in a changing world

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The changing world The Lord has ushered in a new year and, as Rev R Bredenhof said in a sermon on this text, we can expect changes: “The circumstances of your family might gradually change. Your work situation...

May we ask the Lord to forgive others?

We have a family ‘Whatsap’ and the day after Christmas one family member posted a “thought for the day … Job 1:5”. This text speaks of Job being in the habit of making sacrifices to the Lord for his children in case they had offended God in...