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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VanGurp’s experience of the Church Liberation of 1944 and the lie about Schilder

Today (11 August 2022) it is exactly 78 years ago that our Lord Jesus Christ liberated our forebears in the faith from synod decisions which had embraced the lie and forced it upon the churches. The lie was that God’s covenant promises at baptism weren’t reliable; they depended on...

The prisoners and the free

“Christ … has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:6). Recently I joined a tour of historical Fremantle Prison and was told about such notorious criminals as Sydney Sutton, Eric Edgar Cooke and, worst of...

Christianity under siege

We’ve become used to reading about persecution of Christians by hard-line Muslim regimes in Africa and Afghanistan, communist dictatorships in Asia, and Hindu places in India and Pakistan. But we are increasingly seeing signs of the West turning against its Christian roots. In today’s copy of The Australian, Greg...

The witnesses in “the rule of Matthew 18”

“… if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word...

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...