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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Reformed Education 4 – What can the office bearers do?

Below is the final part of a speech Rev R Eikelboom delivered at a Canadian Reformed office bearers’ conference in 2002. having shown in the earlier articles that Reformed Education is not just the parents’ business but the responsibility of the whole church, and hence also of the office...

Reformed Education 3 – What can the Office Bearers do?

Below is the third part of a speech Rev R Eikelboom delivered at a Canadian Reformed office bearers’ conference in 2002. In the earlier articles he has shown that Reformed Education is not just the parents’ business but the responsibility of the whole church, and hence of the office...

Reformed Education 2 – What is it?

Below is the second part of a speech Rev R Eikelboom delivered at a Canadian Reformed office bearers’ conference in 2002. The first part dealt with whether Reformed Education is just the parents’ business. He showed how Reformed Education concerns the well-being of the church and is therefore the...

Reformed Education 1 – Just the Parents’ Business?

Below is the first part of a speech Rev R Eikelboom delivered at a Canadian Reformed office bearers’ conference in 2002. Although its references are to the Canadian situation, its relevance is surely for all church members – also here in Australia. Some years ago, a Christian Reformed minister, Rev....

Pentecost and Judgement

"But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:... I will show wonders in heaven aboveAnd signs in the earth beneath:Blood and fire and vapour of smoke" (Acts 2: 16, 19). On the day of Pentecost, Peter quotes the prophet Joel who had spoken centuries earlier. Joel spoke of blessings,...

Our political responsibility in relation to ACP, CHP and ARPA

The trouble with a broadly Christian political party At last Saturday’s Australian federal elections, my wife and I voted for the Australian Christian Party (ACP) because voting is compulsory and of all the parties it seemed to be the one most aligned with what we believe. Nevertheless, because it is...

The finest thing

Around the time of WW2 there was a school principal named A Janse, a God-fearing man with a deep knowledge of Scripture, who wrote much about reformed education. Here’s what he said about the finest thing we can do, in contrast to what some may think: The finest and highest...

I am the LORD your God (The Bible Narrated for Young Adults, Vol. 1)

I am the LORD your God is the first volume of a 5-book series by Wolf Meesters (a pseudonym for W Meijer who also wrote the church history series, Young People’s History of the Church). And it’s a gem! One of my sons systematically reads through the series to...

Addiction to Pornography

The evil of pornography pervades our culture. Who can open a newspaper or look something up on the internet (let alone watch TV and movies) and not be confronted with it? Yet it destroys relationships among people and with God. Rev Archbald of the RCNZ, while addressing the FRCA...

The Preached Word

This meditation about Easter is by the late Rev Herman Knoop, a reformed minister who survived Dachau (see A Theatre in Dachau) and who was an instrument in God’s hand in the Church Liberation of 1944. JN The Preached Word "But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘do not...