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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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...

The Magi from the East and the Word of God

East and west are relative terms. Hence, when we read that the wise men, those magi, came from the east they came from east of Bethlehem. They’d come all the way from the area of present-day Iraq and gave their costly gifts—gold, incense, myrrh—to the King of...

75 years Liberation

75 years Liberation: back to the firm ground of God’s covenant The Act of Liberation or Return was read out 75 years ago (11 August 1944) and signed by several members and overseers of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. By this action they liberated themselves from decisions...

Mixed Courtship

Ministers of the Word and elders have, over the years, stressed that young church members should not court boys and girls outside their church or a recognised sister church. Yet youthful optimism can overlook dangers and ignore warnings so that from time to time such courtships develop,...

Open the School Doors?

The early migrants who instituted the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (FRCA) and the Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC) saw the great importance of establishing schools for the covenant children of the church. Indeed, in Australia those migrants were so conscious of the need to provide reformed schooling...

Ongoing Reformation

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; ...Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.                   Isaiah 1:16a, 18 (NKJV) Israel in deformation  ...

A Power of Delusion

Considered to be one of the most difficult passages in the Bible, 2 Thessalonians 2 deals with the coming of the man of lawlessness. There has been a lot of speculation about who this ‘man of lawlessness’ is. But that’s not the focus of this article. What...

The coming of the Son of man

Over the years there have been many false prophets making predictions about the end of the world. Some are from “Christian” sects, some are from other religions such as Islam and Bahai, some are “scientists” (including predictions that the sun is evolving larger and will scorch up...