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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In the Reformed School, God’s Word is to govern every subject and teacher

At the institution of ‘our’ reformed schools our forbears never intended that all the subjects taught, apart from Bible Study and Church History, would be pretty much like any other school. They knew that every subject lesson had to be consecrated to God because the church’s children had been...

Vaccines – some thoughts from a specialist

Recently I’ve had email contact with a brother who I greatly respect but who struggles with the issue of whether it’s right to be vaccinated against Covid, so much so that he loses sleep over it. A major concern for him was reports about vaccines weakening our immune system....

Reformation: the Gospel versus three ‘buts’

When Luther finally ‘discovered’ that those who put their trust in Christ alone receive salvation, he was exuberant. His heart was filled with overwhelming joy. God had opened his eyes to see the wonderful, liberating, inexpressibly great heart of the gospel. Salvation in Christ alone means you don’t need...

Rock Music (# 2): Origins

Last time, we noted the five major themes of rock music (rebellion, sex, violence, nihilism, and the occult). We also observed that the musical style (not just the words) played an essential part in communicating the message of rock. Now I want to examine the origins of rock music....

Rock Music (# 1): Patterns

According to one study,1 the average Australian spends three to four hours a day listening to music. If that’s true, music could be one of the primary things that shape the minds of young Australians today. Actually, the same study found that one-third of those surveyed claimed that “music...

Blessed Antithesis

Today, 16 September, is the 100th birthday of Rev Dr Pieter van Gurp. Some readers may remember that he was the first Free Reformed minister of Albany (1955-1964) and, after serving GKv churches in the Netherlands returned to Western Australia in 1989 for some months to help the Free...

Biblical Perspectives on Mixed Courtship and Mixed Marriage (2)

Courtship and marriage is no place for evangelism Sometimes the “insider” decides to continue the courtship because she believes that she will (with the Lord’s help, of course!)  be able to bring the “outsider” to faith and ultimately to the Church.  No one will deny the fact that this has...

Biblical Perspectives on Mixed Courtship and Mixed Marriage (1)

What is mixed marriage? The term mixed marriage could easily be used to describe a marriage between two people of difference races, eg. between a Caucasian and a Negro. Perhaps in a country such as South Africa that is what is meant.  But for Christians the term mixed marriage has...

Cultural Marxism

We live in a time of moral decay. The once-Christian west has become a breeding ground for violence and debauchery. In Romans 1, we read that once a nation forgets God, He often gives them up “to vile passions”. Then the “women exchanged the natural use for what is...

Witnessing

Earlier articles on this website critical of modern evangelism nowhere suggest that we don’t have a task to witness. Br Retief, for example, said “sharing the gospel is undoubtedly part of the believer’s everyday life”. That’s not the same as the Biblical term ‘evangelism’ which the Bible uses for...