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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Part of Br Hagg’s address to FRCA Synod 2024 about joining the ICRC

What is it that compels representatives from overseas sister churches, in addressing FRCA Synod 2024, to take sides in a divisive issue in our churches by putting pressure on the FRCA to join the ICRC? First it was Rev C van Dam of the CanRC (see my previous article)....

Part of address by Rev C van Dam to Synod 2024 about joining the ICRC

Membership of the ICRC has been a divisive issue in the Free Reformed Churches. It led us to withdraw our membership in the 1990s. At FRCA Synod 2024, presently sitting, it is back on the agenda having earlier been put on Synod 2021’s agenda by Classis North following a...

Being Reformed as Identity: Remaining Faithful to Scripture and Confession

The concept of 'identity' is currently receiving much attention because of gender ideology. But does what you feel and experience as a person (e.g. gender ideology) determine who you really are? An identity concerns your personality: who am I, what do I live for. We are Reformed; it’s part...

Church in Canadian Reformed History: The 1950s

This article, published here with the writer’s kind permission, is from Clarion, May 17 2024. Reading Rev Bouwman’s article we might ask ourselves: Are we today as determined to uphold what we confess about Christ’s church, and as concerned about the danger of church pluriformity thinking, as the CanRC (and...

Church in Canadian Reformed History: The Beginnings

This article, published here with the writer's kind permission, is from Clarion, April 26 2024. It is relevant to FRSA readers, since we share the same historical roots with our Canadian sister churches. JN The doctrine concerning the church – known as “ecclesiology” (nice big word!) has a colourful development in...

A closed Lord’s Supper Table is not proof of a sectarian spirit but shows ecclesiastical faithfulness

In our contacts with other churches we find differing views about who may attend the Lord’s Supper. The late Prof. J Geertsema (CanRC) identified three different ways of celebrating the Lord's Supper: the open Table (where everyone is invited to attend), the restricted Table (requiring approval through an interview...

For and against

He who is not against us is for us. He who is not with me is against me.He who does not gather with me scatters. (Luke 9:50b; Mark 9:40; Luke 11:23; Matthew 12:30)Dr Klaas Schilder, a faithful minister of the Word, prolific writer and, according to Henry van Til, “the...

Coldplay, rock music and Christians

Last November the band Coldplay performed twice in Perth, Western Australia. According to the mass media 120,000 people attended two concerts by what it called “the iconic British rock band”. I’ve heard that a number of ‘our’ Christian youth also attended. Subsequently, concerns about this were expressed at a...

Lord’s Day 38 and Christian day schools

LD 38. What does God require in the fourth commandment?First, that the ministry of the Gospel and schools be maintained…Second, that all the days of my life I cease from my evil works, let the Lord work in me by his Holy Spirit, and so begin in this life...

The Dynamics of Christ’s Church-gathering Work

Somebody asked Rev. E. Heres, of the DGK, to write an article about “the dynamics of Christ's church gathering work” in line with Article 28 BCF. The reason is that whilst Article 28 is about everyone's duty to join the true church, there are church members who speak in...